Tina Ranales-Cotos

Civil Fraud


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Colin Griffin
Harry Young

Civil Fraud

Tina has particular experience in high value civil fraud VAT work (MTIC fraud), including carousel and contra-trading fraud. Helen Malcolm QC is currently leading Tina in a £13 million MTIC carousel fraud case in the VAT tribunal and High Court.


Tina practices in all aspects of commercial and chancery dispute resolution, including the more commercial aspects of employment law.  Tina specialises in post-termination/business restraint work including confidential information, data protection, intellectual property (trademark infringement), passing off and UK and EU competition law matters.

Her practice is predominantly contentious, including a significant element of urgent interim relief work, mainly in the High Court.  Tina also appears in the employment tribunals and the EAT and her experience includes acting for clients in mediations, as well as undertaking advisory work and speaking at legal seminars.

Tina’s client base includes banks, multinationals, limited companies, partnerships, professional firms, LLPs, private equity clients, local and county councils, executive agencies, public bodies, as well as individuals and spans the UK, Isle of Man, Europe and the USA.

She was a member of the Attorney General’s Provincial Panel of Counsel between 2009 and 2014 and acted regularly for the government, mainly in the context of directors’ disqualification proceedings, public interest winding up and employment-related matters.  She continues to act for HMRC in high value civil fraud cases (MTIC fraud).

Tina also regularly speaks at seminars, including for the Manchester and Liverpool Law Societies and contributes to the reader dilemma section of the Financial Times in relation to employment-related issues.

Year of Call: 1999

Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial & Chancery
  • Civil Fraud
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • UK & EU Competition


Chambers UK 2017 says:

"Her cross-examination is brilliant, plus she's incredibly bright and approachable." "She can be ferocious and scare the other side, but is very good at presenting in a measured way."

Chambers UK 2015 says:

“She is on the ball, able to assimilate a lot of detailed information very quickly, and has a good grasp of the minutiae.”

Chambers UK 2014 says:

“She is technically brilliant; a rare true academic who also has commercial understanding and a good bedside manner with clients.  She is quick on her feet, performs well under pressure, and goes the extra mile to get a good result for the client.”

Legal 500 2017 says:

‘A pugnacious advocate with an excellent reputation for complex High Court injunction matters.'

Legal 500 2015 says:

"Exceptionally professional and client-focused."

Legal 500 2014 says:

[Tina] “Always prepares thoroughly and is a tenacious advocate.”


Northern and North Eastern Circuits

Chancery Bar Association

Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association

Employment Law Association

Financial Times – regular contributor to reader dilemma section on employment-related matters


Attorney General’s Provincial Panel of Counsel 2009-2014


Leicester (LLB European) 1993-1997

Modena, Italy 1995-1996

Brasenose College, University of Oxford (Bachelor of Civil Law, BCL) 1997-1998

City University, London Diploma in Law 1998-1999

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