Martin Hunter was a partner in the firm formerly known as Freshfields for 27 years, latterly leading the firm's International Arbitration Group. On retiring from the firm in 1994 he re-qualified as a barrister and joined Essex Court Chambers, where he continues to practise in the field of international arbitration.
In 1995 he was appointed to the newly-established chair of International Dispute Resolution at Nottingham Trent University, and he was appointed as an Emeritus Professor of that University in 2010. He also teaches international arbitration with post-graduate students as a visiting professor at several universities around the world, including King's College London, University of Miami Law School, Central European University, Budapest and KIIT Law School in Bhubaneswar, India..
He is a member of the Council of ICCA, and has participated in the work of a number of organisations active in the field of international arbitration, including the AAA, the IBA, the ITA’s Academic Council, the ICC's Court, the LCIA's Court and UNCITRAL. He is currently chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, and was deputy-chairman of the UK Government's committee on arbitration law reform, which was responsible for steering the English Arbitration Act 1996 through Parliament.
He has also been published extensively in specialist arbitration journals and elsewhere over the last twenty-five years. His books include Law and Practice of International Arbitration (with Alan Redfern); The English Arbitration Act 1996: Text and Notes (with Toby Landau); and the arbitration title of Halsbury's Laws (with Ben Pilling).