Dr Martin Parsons

TAE Accreditations

  • Expert Witness


  • Christian and Islamic Theology and Christian-Muslim Relations PhD
  • Theology (first) BA
  • Geography (upper second) BSc
  • PGCE
  • FHEA
  • FRGS

Expert Witness Snapshot

Martin is the author of two major books, one on Christian and Islamic Theology, and one on Christian Public Theology. He is currently CEO of the Lindisfarne Centre for the Study of Christian Persecution (www.christianpersecution.co.uk). He was previously Research Ethics Project Leader at Anglia Ruskin University and a faculty member of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life where he was involved in supervising postgraduate research in association with the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Martin is a member of Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research and also has particular expertise on Christian minorities in Islamic countries. He spent a number of years as an aid worker in Pakistan and Afghanistan and has also held senior leadership roles in education in both the UK and overseas. He has been instructed in more than 30 cases in both England and Scotland including:

  • Criminal courts – including freedom of speech related cases.

  • Employment Tribunal cases (statements of Christian belief)

  • High Court and Court of Session – Judicial Reviews etc.

  • Immigration and Asylum Tribunal (likelihood of persecution etc.)

  • Professional Conduct Tribunals

He is also experienced in giving oral evidence under cross examination.

Martin has given expert evidence in a number of nationally important cases including:

Rev Dr William Philip and 26 others v Lord Advocate [2021] CSOH 32 (Judicial Review of the Scottish government\'s closure of churches under Covid regulations). In his judgement, Lord Braid affirmed and quoted at some length from Martin\'s expert witness statement.

Mrs Mary Onuoha v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. Christian nurse disciplined for wearing a small cross. The judgement drew on 10 specific points in Martin\'s expert witness statement.

Martin will provide a brief free initial assessment of areas he could comment on prior to a formal instruction.

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