Leanne Woodman

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Leanne has a strong practice both as a led junior and junior alone in all areas of the criminal law, including serious violence, robbery, serious sexual assaults and multi-handed drug conspiracies.

Her experience covers the full range of issues which arise in serious criminal cases, from abuse of process arguments to RIPA covert surveillance. She is adept at dealing with complicated evidence including cell site analysis and forensic evidence.

She regularly defends serious allegations in the Youth Court and also undertakes privately funded work defending clients charged with road traffic offences.

“Her advocacy is of an excellent standard. Her cross examination of a vulnerable complainant was a model of how to deal with such witnesses”

Practice strengths

  • A confident and polished advocate with the ability to identify key points and present them persuasively.
  • Handles complainants and other witnesses skilfully and sensitively, in a calm and compassionate way.
  • Has an approachable manner and often deals with cases involving young offenders, vulnerable clients and those with mental health problems.
  • Consistently delivers positive results through her comprehensive and methodical approach to her cases.
  • Formidable knowledge of IT means she regularly acts in cases that involve substantial volumes of evidence and require thorough analysis and preparation.

Notable cases

Sex offences

R v M Cardiff Youth Court: successfully defendant a young person charged with sexual assault. The defendant required the assistance of an intermediary. Cross-examined a young complainant and young witnesses.

R v T Reading Crown Court: successfully represented a defendant charged with five allegations of rape and sexual penetration of his former partner. Cross-examined a vulnerable witness relying on unused material and previous inconsistent statement.

R v B Swindon Crown Court: counsel for a vulnerable defendant charged with gross indecency in the presence of his children. The defendant required the assistance of an intermediary as both complainants were vulnerable.


R v G Bristol Crown Court: junior counsel in this high profile conspiracy to produce class A drugs in Bristol. The criminal group had planned an industrial sized chemical lab to produce crystal meth and MDMA. This was the largest case of its kind in the UK. The Crown relied on covert audio recordings and challenge was made of the admissibility and integrity of covert device.


R v P Winchester Crown Court: junior counsel in a conspiracy to supply class A in the Aldershot area. Case involved substantial telephone and cell site evidence.

R v F Winchester Crown Court: successfully represented a defendant who had pleaded guilty to production of cannabis. Secured a sentence of a fine due to personal mitigation.

R v M Oxford Crown Court: secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with possession with intent to supply class B.  


R v W Swindon Crown Court: successfully defended a client charged with s.18 GBH within in a domestic setting.

R v M Swindon Crown Court: counsel for a defendant charged with s.20 GBH, one punch, resulting in life-changing injuries.

R v M: successfully represented the defendant charged with assault, case involved the cross examination of a four-year-old complainant.

R v P: secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with s.20 GBH, concerning an allegation of glass resulting in permanent facial injuries.

R v H: secured an acquittal after a two-day trial concerning allegations of harassment of an ex-partner.

R v H: secured an acquittal for a serving prisoner charged with assaulting two prison officers and the prison governor. Cross examination of six prison officers on the use of force and appropriate restraint. 


University of West England

The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

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