Martin Meeke Q.C.

Martin Meeke Q.C.
Called: 1973
Qualifications: LLB
Ranked in Chambers UK Bar - Leading Individual

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Martin is a senior QC with an extensive criminal, environmental and regulatory practice. He is retired from practice and not accepting new instructions but remains a door tenant at Colleton Chambers.  He continues to sit as a Crown Court Recorder in the South West.

Former Practice

He has both prosecuted and defended. His entry in Chambers & Partners 2014 says:

“Sources extol his impressive prosecutorial skills”. “He is first rate for anything that requires a Silk, he’s the first name on my list”.

He has been in Silk for more than 15 years, has appeared frequently in Appeal Courts at every level and has sat as a Crown Court Recorder for 18 years. He has appeared at Inquests and Courts Martial.

Recent high profile cases include defending in the Joss Stone murder conspiracy trial and successfully representing a Royal Marine, Marine B, in the recent Court Martial concerning the murder of an Afghan insurgent.


Martin has prosecuted or defended in a number of murders each year and has dealt with such cases where the victim has been a baby. He is familiar with the complex medical evidence involved.

He has successfully defended in many murder trials including one involving 3 counts of murder by arson, another 2 counts of murder by stabbing, murder and concealment of the body at the Old Bailey and a number of murders involving the use of firearms and other weapons.

He has prosecuted cases of murder involving multiple defendants and cases with multiple victims, a widely reported case of the murder of a schoolgirl, and the manslaughter of a female fire fighter by arson. He has prosecuted and defended cases of gross negligence manslaughter.

He has prosecuted cases for the SFO, one such case lasting 3 months, and defends fraud cases as well.

Reported cases include:

R –v- J (2003) Cr App R 277 H of L

R –v- G (2004) 1 Cr App R 29 C of A

R –v- Barker (2001) 1 Cr App R (S) 142 C of A

R –v- M (T) (2002) 2 Cr App R 266 C of A

R –v- Gianetto (1997) 1 Cr App R 1 C of A

Sex Cases

He prosecuted the most prolific male rapist of boys and young men in the UK to date, an imam for rape of a 13-year-old girl in a mosque, and a 2-month trial for rape, kidnapping and sexual offences against prostitutes, and he defended in a 5-month trial of multi- generational rape in one family.

Regulatory Crime

He was Standing Counsel to Devon County Council for many years as a Junior. In Silk he has acted for Kraft Foods, Ryanair, the Environment Agency, South West Water and Devon County Council in cases involving Trading Standards, Food Act, Health & Safety, Pollution and other environmental and regulatory prosecutions. He recently successfully defended a Director in a waste prosecution, then the largest case mounted by the Environment Agency.

Reported cases include:

Natwest –v- Devon County Council (1993) CCLR 69 DC

CPC –v- NRA (1993) Env LR 131 C of A

Torbay BC –v- Singh (1999) 2 Cr App R 451.



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LL.B University of Bristol

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