Commercial property partner Martin Long is head of Napthens’ Blackpool & Fylde office. A highly experienced property lawyer, he handles a wide range of commercial property work including the sale and acquisition of commercial property and businesses, commercial leasing and bank finance. Recommended by legal industry guide 'The Legal 500' Martin is described as 'always calm and considered and very responsive.'
Martin has particular experience of business asset sales and purchases with particular expertise in the leisure and franchised business sectors. He also acts for a substantial portfolio of commercial landlords. As head of the Blackpool office, Martin plays an active role and has a high profile within the Fylde business community. He is chairman of the Blackpool Business Leadership Group. For a number of years Martin was Chairman of Napthens and has been heavily involved in the strategic direction of the firm.
After starting his legal career in 1979 as a Trainee with Roscoe Lynn & Co in Preston, Martin moved to Cuddy Woods & Cochrane, Blackpool in 1982, becoming a partner in 1983. Martin was the senior partner of Cuddy Woods & Cochrane when it merged with Napthens in 2007. Roscoes had already merged with Napthens at that point, so Martin’s career effectively turned ‘full circle’ as he rejoined some of his former colleagues. Martin was educated at St Josephs College, Blackpool before reading Law at Leeds University and the College of Law, Chester.
Memberships and Awards
A past club player himself, Martin is Honorary Solicitor for Thornton Cleveleys RUFC. He is also the Regional Chairman of the national charity Wooden Spoon.
More about Martin Long
How do you like to relax out of work?
I play squash regularly, golf infrequently.
Name your favourite: book/film/music
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks / Pulp Fiction / 1970’s rock
What would go in your Room 101?
TV’s in pubs, caravans (having owned one), the nation’s obsession with celebrities.