Year of Call: 1992 Inn of Court: Inner Temple
Tana Adkin QC
‘Her work includes challenging sex offence cases’ – Crime – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2017)
Tana Adkin was appointed Queens Counsel in 2017. She specialises in the most grave violent and sexual offences including murder, historic childhood sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, baby-shaking child cruelty and neglect.
She has a wealth of experience representing vulnerable defendants including those experiencing psychiatric illness and those on the Autistic Spectrum or with Asperger’s Syndrome. She is also highly experienced in cross-examining vulnerable witnesses including those that require intermediaries or other special measures.
Many of her cases involve expert cross-examination of Pathologists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Blood Spatter and Toxicology experts. Frequently her cases involve detailed analysis of mobile phone records, large volume data analysis of multiple phone contact, social media, cell-site material and messaging.
She also conducts Regulatory cases on behalf of medical professionals and has acted as “Special Counsel” for Regulators.
She welcomes instructions to advise and represent all parties involved in Coroners’ Inquests having a special interest in Pathology.
She is currently a member of the Criminal Bar Association Executive and the Bar Council Retention Panel.
Charter Chambers and its members are regulated by the Bar Standards Board
R v Humphrey – Sheffield Crown Court (2020) Defendant acquitted of Murder in a multi-handed cut-throat stabbing case involving drug dealing. Hearsay, Forensic and CCTV evidence were also features of the case. [ITV News Report]
R v Matovu – Central Criminal Court (2019) Defended a case of Murder and administration of poison (GHB) to men met via the Grindr App. Cross examination of Pathologists, Toxicologists and DNA experts. [The Guardian Report]
R v Waterson – Central Criminal Court (2019) Jury could not reach a verdict on Manslaughter of a young child by moving car seat back causing compression asphyxia. Cross-examination of Paediatric Pathologists and Consultant Paediatricians. Plea to Negligent Manslaughter accepted. [ITV News Report]
R v **** – Swansea Crown Court and the Court of Appeal (2018/19). Defended a woman subjected to coercion and control of sexual offences. Cross examination of Psychologists with respect to Battered Persons Syndrome. Hospital Order made. Similar points to those of R v Challen taken to the Court of Appeal.
R v Taylor – Chelmsford Crown Court (2018) Defendant acquitted of Murder and multiple Section 18 offences in a case of Self defence. Analysis of blood spatter on clothing, phones, cell site and CCTV involved in the case.
R v McGrath – Isleworth Crown Court (2017) Defendant acquitted of Murder in a case of mistaken identity. Cell-site analysis and DNA evidence a feature of the case. [Essex Live Report]
R v De’Viana – Snaresbrook Crown Court (2017) Defendant acquitted of child cruelty after denying physical and mental abuse whilst coaching his daughters in tennis. Expert sports coaches including Olympic coaches gave evidence. [BBC News Report]
- B.A. (Hons), Leicester
- Dip.Law, City University, London
- Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences
- Otto Rix Scholar (Inner Temple)
- Geoffrey Veale Scholar (Inner Temple)
- Criminal Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- British Academy of Forensic Scientists
Areas of Specialism
From a family of scientists, Tana Adkin QC has expertise in cases involving the following:
- Medical and biological evidence (Forensic Pathology, neuropathology, adult and paediatric body and genital injury, “Shaken Baby Syndrome”, body mummification, Odontology including assessment of age and bitemark analysis, Forensic Psychiatry dealing with mental incapacity, memory, parasomnia (sexomnia), psychosis, Forensic Psychology dealing with learning differences, autism, asperger’s syndrome, personality disorders, depression, Pharmacology and Toxicology – drugs including GHB and other psycho-active substances
- DNA (LCN, mixed profiles, challenging statistical evaluation)
- Blood Spatter analysis including scenes of crime and clothing
- Chemical analysis (firearms, bomb-making, counterfeiting and drugs)
- IT/Computer science and smartphone technology (identity fraud, indecent images, cell-site analysis, social media messaging and related offences
- Regulatory matters including sexual allegations, allegations of negligent and incompetent treatment including nursing, radiological, surgical and dental practice.
Tana Adkin QC is highly experienced in consulting with and cross-examining forensic experts including leading experts in their field.
Tana Adkin QC is experienced in managing large volume evidence cases including multi-handed cases, those involving large amounts of surveillance evidence and multi-complainant cases. She successfully defended two defendants charged in what has been described as the largest child trafficking and sexual exploitation case prosecuted in the UK in 2017 involving vulnerable witnesses and intermediaries at Nottingham Crown Court.
She has defended in high profile cases prompting national and international media attention and has provided appropriately worded material for distribution to the media.
She advises with respect to Third Party disclosure and Public Interest Immunity applications and is experienced in dealing with the protocols relating to disclosure from agencies including the NHS, Schools and Social Services.
Her considerable expertise representing vulnerable defendants including children with SEN or adults operating under a disability means that she frequently deals with Special Measures applications, attending Ground Rules hearings and working with intermediaries.
Tana Adkin QC was a specialist Rape Prosecutor for many years prior to being appointed a Silk. She has wide-ranging experience of advising and managing cases on behalf of the CPS including working with specialist police teams dedicated to investigating rape, child sexual abuse and internet grooming.
Tana frequently conducts cases involving insanity and fitness to plead issues and where Hospital and guardianship orders are made including those with restrictions. She has been confirmed and appointed by courts as a suitably qualified and experienced advocate to act on behalf of mentally disordered clients as required by statute and is called upon by courts to cross-examine on behalf of unrepresented defendants.
Tana Adkin QC conducts cases involving alleged professional malpractice, particularly where medical professionals are accused. She has considerable experience representing nurses on behalf of the Royal College of Nurses, has acted as “Special Counsel” for the Health & Care Professionals Council and appeared before the General Dental Council.
Tana Adkin QC has a special interest in Pathology and Care of the deceased due to her appreciation of the devastation death can cause to families and loved ones. She welcomes instructions to advise and represent all parties requiring sensitive but rigorous investigation and representation at Inquests before Coroners including those requiring cross-examination of medical professionals.
Tana Adkin QC has been interviewed as an expert on criminal matters including sexual offences by the BBC and ITV including commenting on government proposals for changes to criminal justice. She has appeared on Radio 4 Womans Hour on two occasions including responding to Harriet Harman with respect to anonymity for defendants in rape cases.