Ian L. Meakin has extensive experience in dispute resolution, international business law, including fraud, and trusts and estates. Ian acts as an advocate in international commercial arbitration as well as before the English courts. He also sits as an arbitrator. Ian has been involved in some of the largest and most high profile arbitrations around (e.g. IPOC).
He is also known as an expert in sports law, advising and appearing in sports arbitrations, including the International Court of the Appeal of the FIA (Formula One) as well as FIFA, CAS and other arbitral tribunals where he has acted for teams, athletes and drivers, sponsors and sporting federations.
Ian is based in Geneva where he has practiced for the last twenty four years. He is available for English and off-shore court and advisory work. He accepts instructions both in English and in French.
Areas of experience
Ian is recommended in both Chambers and Partners 2019 for Sport where he is described as ‘very, very smart, practical and elegant. He understands and gets to the point’ and Legal 500 2019 for International Arbitration (Counsel), where he is said to be ‘an excellent Barrister familiar with the practice and expectations of civil law practitioners‘. Clients comment that Ian is ‘a truly international lawyer handling English and Swiss law matters on a daily basis‘ and praise him for being ‘extremely commercial, user-friendly and a pleasure to work with‘.
Ian has taught at the University of Geneva for many years and currently lectures at the University’s Graduate Institute on the Master of International Dispute and Settlement (MIDS) programme.
- King’s College, London, 1988
- Inns of Court School of Law, 1991
- The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn (Karmel Scholar), Call 1991
- Lalive, 1992-1996
- Mégevand Grosjean Revaz, 1996-1998
- Bonnard Lawson, 1998-
- 2 Temple Gardens, 2000-2007
- XXIV Old Buildings, 2007-
- The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
- The Swiss Arbitration Association
- The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
- The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP)
- The London Court of International Arbitration
- The International Court of Arbitration of the ICC
- The Swiss Bar Association (Continuing Legal Education Commission)
- The Athenaeum Club
- English (mother tongue)
- French (fluent)
- Italian (comprehension)