Tanya McKinlay

Called 2019

Tanya McKinlay


Tanya became a Tenant in October 2022 following the successful completion of her pupillage.

Prior to pupillage, Tanya worked for Just for Kids Law, assisting with casework and trial preparation in the Criminal and Public Law Teams. Moreover, she was central in a research project assessing police detention practices across the country, specifically as to whether there were age or ethnic disparities in police decisions to detain youths. Tanya has also worked for Bail for Immigration Detainees, during which she held bail advise clinics at immigration detention centres and had direct contact with clients to support them through tribunal hearings. She also prepared cases and wrote legal submissions for First-Tier Immigration Tribunal bail hearings, specifically in cases involving vulnerable and long-term immigration detainees, often engaging Articles 3 and 8 ECHR and challenging the Home Offices’ lack of compliance with its own ‘Adults at Risk’ policy.

Tanya gained a wide range of experience during first six, under the supervision of Monica Stevenson. She assisted in a variety of trials and hearings, most notably the double retrial of a defendant accused of sexual touching, the course of which included jury and evidential irregularities; a successful application to vacate plea on grounds of the Defendant’s previously undetected mental illness; a trial in absence of a defendant charged with s18 GBH; and assisted several members of chambers in a 7-handed modern slavery conspiracy at Southwark Crown Court. Furthermore, Tanya has undertaken a range of drafting and research work, including contributions to appeals against sentence, involving complex and technical points of law; an application pleading abuse of process and violation of Article 6 ECHR; a sentencing note for a youth charged with grave crimes; as well as research for Collin Wells’ 4th Edition of ‘Abuse of Process’.


  • Bar Professional Training Course – University of Law, London (2019)
  • Inner Temple Exhibition Scholarship (2018)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law – BPP, London (2017)
  • MA History – SOAS, University of London (2016)
  • BA History – University of Oxford (2015)

Professional Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of Inner Temple
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Women in Criminal Law