Martin Burns

Head of ADR Research and Development


Martin Burns is responsible for researching and developing commercial activities for RICS in the specialist area of dispute resolution and conflict avoidance.

Martin is a qualified barrister and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He joined RICS in 1990 and has gained immense knowledge and expertise in dispute resolution through 22 years working in this sector.

In his current role with RICS, Martin’s responsibilities include:

  • Formulating and presenting ideas for developing ADR products into global markets
  • Building sustainable and mutually productive relationships with governments and industry bodies
  • Business planning, and creating viable route to market strategies, for RICS ADR products and services
  • Acting as a source of expertise and knowledge on dispute avoidance, management and resolution matters

Articles (2)

  • Top 5 tips for commercial mediators
    Dispute resolution

    Top 5 tips for commercial mediators

    In my experience, lawyers and other professionals who desire to be commercial mediators are driven by three things. They want to add a new product to their service offering, they yearn for the challenge of doing something new and intellectually challenging, and they want to get paid for doing mediations.

  • The dependable expert witness: Five essential factors to consider
    Dispute resolution

    The dependable expert witness: Five essential factors to consider

    People who act as expert witnesses perform a crucial role in judicial proceedings in the UK. Judges and other tribunals depend on their opinions to understand technical evidence before them, and thus make informed decisions. However, in recent years the role of expert witness has become more onerous and the demands of instructing parties have increased.