- University of Liverpool LL.B
- Manchester Metropolitan University - BVC
- Michael Hodge Scholarship
- Inner Temple Scholar
- Family Law Bar Association
- Criminal Bar Association
Areas of Work
- Public Law
Natalie specialises in family law. Although she deals predominantly with cases concerning children she is also instructed in financial matters. Natalie also undertakes work on behalf of the police and has a range of experience in dealing with quasi-civil applications. Having practised previously at the criminal bar she brings to her family practise her experience in robust cross-examination and persuasive oral and written advocacy skills.
Natalie has been appointmentad as a Deputy District Judge (Civil) and is a Trustee of North Liverpool Citizens Advice Bureau.
Much of Natalie's practise is focused on public and private law work relating to children. She is regularly instructed in care proceedings on behalf of parents, Guardians and Local Authorities. Her current case load includes cases concerning adoption, special guardianship, applications for specialist assessment and fact findings involving allegations of serious non-accidental injury, chronic neglect and sexual allegations.
Natalie also has experience of appeals, cases involving fabricated illness, failed adoption cases and care proceedings with cross jurisdictional issues in the High Court. In addition she has expertise in disclosure issues and has delivered training seminars to police authorities within the Northwest on this subject. She is regularly instructed by the police and local authority in proceedings concerning public interest immunity.
In private law proceedings Natalie is instructed on behalf of parents, Guardians and members of the wider family including grandparents. Her caseload includes applications for residence, contact, change of name and removal from the jurisdiction and specific issue orders. She frequently handles cases in which experts are instructed. In cases concerning domestic violence including emergency applications for injunctive relief in the county court, occupation orders and committal proceedings Natalie is able to draw upon experience from both the criminal and family jurisdictions.
Natalie undertakes financial work in both private and publicly funded cases. She acts in applications for financial provision for children under Schedule One of the Children Act 1989 and cases concerning financial arrangements upon divorce and separation including applications for ancillary relief. Natalie also has experience of finance and property disputes between cohabiting couples and cases under the Trusts of Land and Appointments of Trustees Act 1996.
Natalie has a range of experience in police litigation. She is instructed on behalf of Police Authorities in civil applications in the Magistrate's Court and in Crown Court Appeals. Her work load includes anti-social behaviour orders, sexual offences prevention orders, proceeds of crime confiscation proceedings, closure orders and cases concerning dangerous dogs.
Natalie has delivered training on the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004. Natalie was also involved in advising on and litigating applications under the domestic violence prevention order scheme piloted by Greater Manchester Police.
Natalie is registered under the direct access scheme. She accepts instructions from members of the public in all cases concerning children including residence and contact disputes, child support agency matters and financial provision on divorce or separation. Direct access work may include providing specialist advice in conference, advocacy at all stages in proceedings, assisting with the drafting of documents and advising on the instruction of experts.