Tina Landale

Tina Landale


Tina Landale is an experienced criminal advocate specializing in defending and prosecuting a wide range of cases with particular expertise and experience of sexual offences against adults and children. She is a Category 4 prosecutor and specialist rape advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Her workload also extends to the following:

* Homicide

* Large-scale drugs conspiracies

* Confiscation, money laundering and fraud (including “e-bay” related crime)

* Sexual offences

* Cases involving serious violence

* Fraud including money laundering and theft from employers

Tina is also the Legal Advisor to the “Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels” in Yorkshire and Humberside. These panels review decision making within the Crown Prosecution Service in matters of race, religious, homophobic and transphobic crime as well as domestic violence and elder abuse.

She is familiar with the use of special measures for vulnerable witnesses and has represented many defendants with learning difficulties and mental health problems. In addition she has experience of complex money laundering and drug trafficking matters and has prepared and presented complex cases which require the assimilation of relevant facts from vast quantities of paperwork.

Tina has tremendous knowledge and experience of expert evidence in a number of areas such as the use of DNA evidence, telephone and cell site analysis as well as cases involving PII and sensitive issues.

Recent notable cases

  • R v G (2010, Preston) – defended teacher for inciting sexual activity with a pupil – Bad Character evidence
  • R v Y (2010, Manchester) – Leading Junior in a 14-handed VHCC million pound fraud – represented the 2nd on indictment – client acquitted after legal argument as to hearsay and admissibility of evidence
  • R v H & others (2010, Preston) – prosecuted death by dangerous driving where the car was set on fire with the deceased still inside – 3 week trial involving evidence from 5 expert witnesses – all convicted
  • R v T (2009, Preston) – prosecuted attempted murder, assault and rape which went to the Court of Appeal twice on the basis of fresh evidence – convictions sustained
  • R v S (2008, Manchester) – prosecuted rape and succesfully resisted appication to dismiss and a challenge on voire dire to admissibility of DNA evidence – resulted in guilty plea.
  • R v K (2008, Manchester) – defended Afghan man (one of 10 defendants) for inciting prostitution of child/ paying for sexual services of child – there were 48 hours of child witness interviews and it required an interpreter – successful application to dismiss causing prostitution count – legal argument as to joinder of indictments in face of prosecution refusal to make such application
  • R v A (2008, Manchester) – prosecuted robbery of prostitute where there was a reluctant witness – she gave evidence by careful explanation of procedures and inventive use of specal measures
  • R v R (2008, Bolton) – prosecuted rape of boy with Asperger’s Syndrome – at PTR, I called for education and medical reports to understand victim’s disability and how to communicate effectively with him and spent time before trial to put him at ease – resulted in a conviction
  • R v B (2008, Manchester) – defended man of good character on death by dangerous driving where there was scientific evidence involved
  • R v B & others (2008, Manchester) – prosecuted brothel keeper and his wife for money laundering – there were 18,000 pages and legal argument as to public policy – resulted in convictions where the POCA involved over £4 million
  • R v M (2007, Preston) – prosecuted a defendant charged with having sex with a person with mental disorder – legal arguments on disclosure, bad character, sexual history, competency of expert witness – victim used intermediary to give evidence – complex case where the Judge Gilbart QC (Recorder of Manchester) praised my closing speech as ‘one of finest he had heard’
  • R v A (2007, Manchester) – attempted murder acting for a 16-year old who was acquiited of attempted murder at close of prosecution case
  • R v H & others (2006, Manchester) – Led Junior in a human trafficking case which involved 2 victims 3 police forces, SOCA and 6 defendants – I was responsible for thousands of pages of unused material.


Inn: Middle Temple (1988)

Appointments: Recorder: 2009

Memberships: Criminal Bar Association

UK Association of Women Judges

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