Leading Dorset and Somerset law firm Humphries Kirk has strengthened its commercial team by welcoming a new partner with more than 25 years of legal experience.

Martin Varley joins the Humphries Kirk office in Dorchester to undertake corporate and commercial advice for the firm’s wide-reaching client base, with a focus on financial services, banking and regulatory matters.

Martin is a Solicitor and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).  He sits on the Financial Conduct Authority Financial Regulations Panel and is an External Specialist to CISI. He chairs a number of regulatory and remuneration committees.

On relocating to Dorset from a law firm in Royal Tunbridge Wells, where he spent nine years, Martin said: “I am delighted to join Humphries Kirk, a firm which is a major regional player, well known in the UK and internationally. Dorset has a great business community and I look forward to working with the clientele of this impressive and expanding firm.”

Martin was previously a partner in a City firm and the Middle East.  His portfolio ncludes large scale project work, corporate commercial transactions and overseas finance for businesses. He also joins the Humphries Kirk International Network, a worldwide group of legal and business advisers. Martin is a member of the Law Society International Division.

James Selby-Bennett, senior partner at Humphries Kirk, said: “We are pleased to welcome Martin to our robust commercial team and he is already proving himself an asset to our growing firm.”

Humphries Kirk provides legal expertise to private and commercial clients, with offices in Parkstone, Poole, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Crewkerne, Swanage, Wareham, Wimborne, Yeovil and London and is a member of the HKI network of international lawyers.