Meredoc McMinn

Year of Call: 2015

Meredoc is a criminal defence barrister, who appears in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts, representing clients for all types of offences. He is experienced representing vulnerable clients and youth and is committed to obtaining the most just outcome for his clients.

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Criminal Defence

Overview

Notable Cases

R v H, Crown Court at Oxford [January 2019]
Secured acquittal, by unanimous jury decision, following two-day trial for theft, in which former live-in care worker was accused of stealing money from disabled elderly charge.

R v L, Crown Court at Isleworth [January 2019]
Secured acquittal, by unanimous jury decision, following three-day trial for co-defendant charged with serious offence of causing actual bodily harm, and presence and arrest were not disputed.

R v A, Crown Court at Isleworth [January 2019]
Secured unanimous decision by jury in a fact-finding hearing that the defendant, who was found unfit to plead, had not committed offence of possession of an imitation firearm with intent, despite admitting to presence and possession of, alleged, imitation firearm, which was produced in court.

R v G, Crown Court Worcester [July 2018]
Client changed plea on first day of trial to serious offence of smuggling drugs into prison when confronted with overwhelming evidence from CCTV.  Following adjournment of a day to prepare for sentencing hearing, able to obtain for client notably low custodial sentence of three months.

R v H, Crown Court at Blackfriars [July 2018]
Client pleaded guilty to second offence of possession of a knife, for which there is a mandatory minimum sentence of six months, however, exceptionally, obtained for client a suspended sentence with requirement of a three-month curfew and some mental health treatment.

R v L, Crown Court at Birmingham [July 2018]
Client had pleaded to charges of ABH and controlling and coercive behaviour involving ex-partner (children had been present) and, despite vigorous opposition from Crown prosecutor, was able to obtain for client a suspended sentence.  To this end, I called a character witness and attested to client suffering PTSD as an ex-solider.

R v W, Crown Court at Newcastle [April 2018]
Represented client in a confiscation hearing, at which it was determined the benefit amount was in excess of a quarter million pounds and, although there had been questions regarding ownership of land, the available assets were put at less than a hundred pounds.

R v T, Crown Court at Oxford [April 2018]
Secured acquittal for client at trial on a charge of burglary of a dwelling.  The Crown’s forensic expert report proving the client’s presence was accepted; and the client declined to give evidence.  He was found not guilty by a unanimous verdict.

R v Q, Crown Court at Inner London [March 2018]
Secured acquittal for client at trial on a charge of witness intimidation, specifically of threatening to throw acid over an elderly woman.  He previously had pleaded guilty to burgling the complainant’s house, which was admitted in trial.  He also gave evidence that he had lied in his police interview.  He, and his co-defendant brother, were found not guilty.

R v S, Crown Court at Chelmsford [January 2018]
Obtained a two-year suspended sentence after the Defendant pleaded guilty to fraud involving £87,000 taken from a small business while she was working as the bookkeeper, and which had threatened the viability of the business.

R v A, Crown Court at Harrow [August 2017]
Obtain a two-year suspected sentence, with a period of curfew and unpaid work, after the Defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of PWITS class A drugs, and one of class B drugs; and he accepted a Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002 confiscation involving £8000.

R v T, Crown Court at Inner London [August 2017]
Obtained a two-year suspended sentence after the Defendant pleaded guilty after the beginning of trial to Possessing Identity Documents with Improper Intent.  At the time of the offence he was driving another’s car, had no license or insurance, and was in possession of cannabis.

R v O and Others, Crown Court at Newcastle [July – August 2017]
Represented client in a two-week trail regarding burglaries by a gang in the Newcastle area, and in which almost £300,000 was stolen from eleven properties over a six-month period.  The trial involved complex forensic evidence.  Following mitigation, the Defendant received a relatively lenient sentence of seven years.

R v W, Crown Court at Snaresbrook [June 2017]
Obtained for the client a three-year community order, with an unpaid work requirement, after the client pleaded guilty to twelve counts of Possession With Intent to Supply drugs including class A, B and C.  He had also been charged and pleaded guilty to an offence of possession of class A drugs that had occurred after being charged for the multiple PWITS offences.

R v R, Crown Court at Inner London [May 2017]
Defendant pleaded guilty to a charge of Dangerous Driving while she was drunk, which had resulted in injury, which may be permanent, to another driver who had got out of his car and tried to stop the defendant.  Obtained a Suspended Sentence Order of eight months custody suspended for two years, mandatory alcohol treatment, driving disqualification of 3 years, and £2000 compensation to the victim.

R v M, Crown Court at Woolwich [April 2017]
Secured an acquittal on appeal against conviction for Assault by Beating in which the client had allegedly pushed his ex-girlfriend out of a moving car and then attacked her at a bus stop, and the incident had been witnessed by two off-duty police officers.

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Background

Prior to becoming a barrister Meredoc worked for the United Nations for twelve years in refugee returns, humanitarian affairs and post-conflict stabilisation in the Balkans, including Srebrenica, Sudan, South Sudan and, more briefly, Somalia. Meredoc held increasingly senior positions within the UN system, dealing with the application of international and humanitarian law; leading negotiation with military, diplomatic and government counterparts; monitoring implementation of international peace agreements; and coordinating humanitarian response.

Publications

'Working Paper on Human Shields- An overview of International and UK law prohibiting use' commissioned by Barrister Caroline Haughey, member of the Prime Minister's Modern Slavery Task Force, January 2017.

'The Case for International Humanitarian Law to also Apply to Internal/Non-International Armed Conflict' Gray's Inn Student Law Journal, November 2015

'Supporting Education for Romani Children in Bijeljina Bosnia' with Danijela Colakovic, European Roma Rights Quarterly, 1-2/ June 2007, [Online]

'Municipal Return Commissions' Forced Migration Online, January 2007, [Online]

Education

  • Vulnerable Witness Training, Middle Temple Inn of Court, February 2018
  • Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator, ADR Group, London 2015
  • Bar Professional Training Course (VC crime and civil), City Law School, London 2015
  • Graduate Degree in Law, BPP Law School, Waterloo, London 2013
  • MSc [with Merit] Comparative Politics, London School of Economics, 2000
  • BA Hons. [distinction] International Relations + Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1994

Professional Membership

  • Member of Gray's Inn of Court
  • Bar Human Rights Committee, Member
  • Criminal Bar Association, Member

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