Ian McMeekin

Year of Call: 1987  


Ian McMeekin has a prominent practice based at Lincoln House chambers in Manchester but his work spreads beyond that region.

He has been involved in many significant and high profile cases, especially those concerning issues of disclosure, and was counsel instructed by the National Probation Service to advise on disclosure in cases of sensitivity.



  • R v Winston Brown: Leading case on disclosure (House of Lords). Pre-CPIA but still cited.
  • R v Hadley & Others: Appeal of Hadley (as in ‘R v H & C’ leading case on disclosure) in which defendant was acquitted on appeal based on non-disclosure; reported case.
  • R v Monczakowsk: One of the first DNA cases. Serving police officer accused of assault.
  • R v Lockyer & Others (Operation Bullhead): Lengthy drugs case involving examination of senior police officers on the admissibility of covert recordings.
  • R v Deaffern: Large scale drugs importation trial involving supergrass.



  • R v McCabe & Others (Operation Decathlon): Complex mortgage fraud based in North-West of England.

Murder & Manslaughter


  • R v Towey: Manchester murder tried at Central Criminal Court (defendant acquitted).
  • R v McAteer & Another: Hitman murder tried in Liverpool: one of first cases involving cell-site analysis. Supergrass case (acquitted on submission of no case).
  • R v Taylor: Prosecution of a man who stabbed a woman to death after she had complained to police, leading to a large-scale police enquiry.
  • R v Simmonds & Others: Gangland assassination: defendant said to be part of shooting party. Super-grass case. Defendant acquitted.
  • R v Ruthven & Others: Gangland murder leading to acquittal based on cell-site analysis.
  • R v Matthews, Morris & Others: Gangland killing. Unique arrangements for trial of defendants running cut-throat defences.
  • R v Amos & Others (Operation Viola):- One of the largest ever gangland operations (involving series of murders) in North-West aimed at wiping out well-known Manchester gang.
  • R v Concannon: Reported murder trial and appeal based on joint enterprise and compatibility with Article 6 HRA.
  • R v Taylor: Reported case on death by dangerous driving.
  • R v Sharpe: Murder.