Natasha has been taken on as a junior tenant in Chambers, starting from October 2016.
She is developing a broad commercial, civil and public practice and accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ specialisms. She regularly appears in court in trials and interlocutory applications and undertakes a range of pleading and advisory work.
Natasha gained experience across a number of practice areas during pupillage, including commercial, insolvency, immigration, travel and personal injury, professional negligence and landlord and tenant.
Natasha has a particular interest in private and public law matters involving an international element, and as a pupil assisted on a range of cases involving jurisdictional and cross-border issues. These include:
• Proceedings to enforce a multi-million-pound judgment of the US Courts against a State Party in respect of damages for terrorist attacks;
• A high-value commercial arbitration and connected professional negligence claim arising out of the sale of a Russian company;
• Commercial, constitutional, administrative and criminal cases on appeal from the Commonwealth Caribbean to the Privy Council, including an appeal from Trinidad & Tobago concerning the availability of constitutional damages for procedural unfairness in Judicial Review proceedings;
• Catastrophic injury, fatal accident and class action claims raising jurisdictional arguments and involving the conflict of laws;
• Claims under the Package Travel Regulations, the Montreal and Athens Conventions, and the EU Flight Delay Directive. Natasha has been instructed to plead, advise and appear in a number of travel-related matters;
• Research on res judicata in Judicial Review for an appeal concerning the application of the Refugee Convention and Protocol under Public International and EU law, brought by refugees on British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.
Natasha is looking to build a commercial practice, with a focus on insolvency and financial services litigation. She has recently published an article in Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency, co-authored with Peter Knox QC, on the threshold for obtaining a validation order under s 127 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (which can be read here).
Natasha is also particularly interested in public law and human rights. She worked as a Legal Intern for the United Nations Development Programme during the BPTC, focusing on improving access to justice in Eastern Europe, and tutored university students in Constitutional and Administrative law. During pupillage, she assisted on immigration appeals and Judicial Review proceedings concerning the interpretation and application of the Immigration Rules, on behalf of both the Applicant and the Home Office, and accepts pro-bono instructions in immigration matters where appropriate.
Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), City Law School
Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), City Law School
History BA, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Major Scholarship, Inner Temple
GDL Scholarship, Inner Temple
Advocacy Scholarship, BPTC
Geoffrey Nice Foundation Bursary, Inner Temple (ICTY conference in Dubrovnik and Srebrenica)
Li & Fung Scholarship (China)
Richard Sandbrook Scholarship (IUCN)
Leilo Stampa Prize for Disciplines of History, University of Oxford
Simon Pointer Prize for History, University of Oxford
Quarrel-Read Prize, University of Oxford
Exhibition, University of Oxford
International Finalist and National Champion, Telders Public International Law Moot Court Competition
Spanish (including study at the University of Havana)