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Ian McLoughlin

Ian McLoughlin

Call: 1993

T: 0207 520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Ian has built a reputation as a leading junior who both prosecutes and defends in serious criminal trials. In addition to his criminal practice he has considerable experience in regulatory and professional discipline, in particular the field of police misconduct.

He gives clear and concise advice both orally and in writing, including pre-trial representations on behalf of defendants, which have on occasions resulted in the Crown discontinuing proceedings.



Ian has a substantial Crown Court practice covering all major areas of serious crime, including fraud, drugs, homicide, sexual and other violent offences. He is a thorough and effective advocate who engages well with juries.

Fraud & Corporate CrimeGeneral CrimeSexual OffencesHomicide

  • Op. Slipstream (2019) Leading for first of seventeen defendants facing fraud and immigration allegations.
  • Op. Zamba (2017)  Prosecuting substantial money laundering allegations stemming from frauds said to have been committed in over a dozen countries.
  • Op. Galahad (2016) Successful prosecution as leading junior (CPS Specialist Fraud Division) of complex VAT and Gift Aid Fraud with multiple businesses and the use of two UK registered charities to falsely reclaim Gift Aid. The case involved a significant international element, and evidence was given from Pakistan during the trial.
  • Op. Gomozia (2015)  Defended money laundering -the conversation of £57m into Euros via the defendant’s money exchange bureau. The resulting confiscation involved alleged hidden assets and foreign property. The final benefit figure was reduced by £56m.

  • Op. Solomon (2020) Leading counsel prosecuting a 7-handed construction industry human trafficking case.
  • Op. Cardinas (2019) Leading for prosecution in 8-handed construction industry slavery and trafficking case.
  • R -v- E & O (2018) Prosecuting two defendants who trafficked fellow Hungarians to the UK with a view to exploiting them.

Ian has particular experience in cases involving serious sexual offences and human trafficking.

  • Op. Carmelo (2018) Leading counsel prosecuting husband and wife brothel owners who had trafficked many women to the UK and then controlled them in prostitution.
  • Op Winthorpe (2016-2017) Prosecution of a series of cases against teachers at St Paul’s School in West London, resulting in the conviction and imprisonment of four former teachers  Press Report
  • R v HM (2017) Successful defence of a man charged with a violent stranger rape.
  • Op Flanderau (2016) Leading prosecution in two linked trials of 5 defendants of an organized criminal gang conspiring to traffick women from Thailand to London to work as prostitutes. One of the first successful Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  • R v M (2016) Successful defence of a man charged with rape at Central Criminal Court.
  • R v Cowen (2014) Successful prosecution of a defendant charged with sexual offences committed against children resident in a West London care home in the early 1970s.

  • R v CJ (2015) Defended an 18 year old charged with two murders, set against a background of drug gang rivalry.
  • R v ZC (2015) Successful defence of a man charged with a one punch manslaughter.
  • R v NH (2011) Successfully appealed a murder conviction: manslaughter substituted.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Ian is frequently instructed to act for police officers facing misconduct proceedings. He has conducted many cases both at the first instance and also in successful appeals to the Police Appeals Tribunal.

In the matter of PC C. (2016) Defence of an officer facing gross misconduct allegation after failing to administer first aid to unresponsive man in street.

In the matter of PC J. (2014)  Instructed to conduct appeal to P.A.T. following dismissal  for gross misconduct for assaulting a member of the public, having been acquitted at the Magistrates Court of same incident. Successfully argued that the misconduct proceedings should not have been brought following the acquittal. Officer reinstated.



  • “I am always impressed by the ease with which he handles all comers and obstacles. He is an extremely smooth advocate and his arguments are always well founded and principled. He never takes a bad point and when prosecuting you know you have a redoubtable opponent but always principled and fair one.”
    Legal 500 (2021)
  • “An extremely charming advocate whom juries love.”
    Legal 500 (2020)


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University of Birmingham – B.Soc.Sci in Money, Banking and Finance

University of Birmingham – Common Professional Examination


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Lincoln’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit


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Leading individual in the Legal 500 directory (see Recommendations).