Specialises in immigration and family crossover and international family law

Overview

Natalie practices in asylum, immigration and nationality, family, housing and public law.

She has represented many vulnerable clients, including children, clients with serious mental health difficulties, domestic violence survivors and victims of trafficking. Her academic and work background for the United Nations and international NGOs gives her a particular strength in asylum and immigration cases involving complex country evidence. She is able to offer comprehensive representation to clients with both immigration and family law issues and advise on immigration issues in family law proceedings. Natalie has a special interest in cases involving FGM and forced marriage protection orders, international abduction and international relocation.

She contributed to Chapters 5 (common travel area, crew members and exempted groups) and 9 (students) of Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice (9th edition and supplements) and Chapter 13 (immigration law) of Patterson & Karim on Judical Review (3rd edition). She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Law in Manchester.

 

 

Immigration

Natalie represents appellants in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and advises in all areas of asylum and immigration law, including nationality, human rights, statelessness and EU law, representing clients from two dozen countries in the first nine months of 2017 alone. Her academic and work background in international relations and development means she is adept at handling and presenting large amounts of country evidence in asylum and human rights appeals.

Natalie accepts pro bono instructions through Bail for Immigration Detainees and has experience of detention-related casework from time spent at a solicitors’ firm in London prior coming to the Bar. Natalie has significant experience representing vulnerable clients, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, victims of torture, victims of trafficking, and clients with serious mental health problems.

Natalie also has wide-ranging experience of immigration judicial review, including delay, fresh claim and certified as clearly unfounded, third country, domestic violence, age assessment, deportation, unlawful detention and urgent removal cases.

Natalie contributed to Chapter 5: Common Travel Area, Crew Members and Exempted Groups and Chapter 9: Students in the latest (9th) edition of Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice. She regularly speaks at immigration law seminars on topics such as EEA law developments, Article 3 ECHR medical cases, and disputed nationality in asylum appeals.

Natalie can advise on family law issues in immigration cases (and vice versa) and can represent clients in both sets of proceedings.

Family rights

A founding member of the family rights team at GCN, Natalie acts in all areas of family law, with a focus on children law, domestic violence, and relationship breakdown where immigration or international issues are involved in child arrangements and/or divorce proceedings. She can advise on children’s nationality status and routes to secure their status in the UK and on jurisdictional issues in care proceedings.

Natalie accepts instructions in cases with a human rights and/or international dimension, including international relocation, international abduction, forced marriage protection orders and female genital mutilation (FGM) protection orders. She is available to make emergency applications.

Public law (judicial review)

Natalie has extensive experience in judicial review claims relating to delay in asylum decision-making and has undertaken a large number of other immigration and asylum-related judicial reviews including the refusal of fresh claims, PBS (points-based system) applications, DVILR (domestic violence) applications, cases involving alleged deception with English language tests, age assessment, Cart JRs (where the Upper Tribunal has refused permission to appeal a First-tier Tribunal decision) and the certification of protection and/or human rights claims as clearly unfounded or on a third country basis.

Natalie previously specialised in urgent removal and unlawful detention cases as an immigration caseworker in a major law firm and can provide practical advice on procedure as well as grounds.

Housing

Natalie has a broad housing law practice encompassing possession proceedings (rent arrears and anti-social behaviour), injunction and committal proceedings, homelessness appeals, disrepair claims, tenancy deposit issues, and unlawful eviction claims. She represents clients up to the enforcement stage including applications for charging orders and freezing injunctions. Due to her immigration expertise, Natalie can advise comprehensively on cases involving the right to rent and has represented a number of European (EU/EEA) national clients in rent arrears possession proceedings where their status and rights to various benefits were in issue.

Notable Cases

  • TK (gay man) St Lucia [2019] UKUT 92 (IAC) – the appellant, as an openly gay man in St Lucia, has a well-founded fear of persecution on the grounds of his sexuality
  • Tahir v Secretary of State for the Home Department HU/25897/2016 (unreported) – UT accepted the appellant’s submission that the SSHD had not even discharged the first-stage evidential burden to provde deception in an ETS case where his English language test was merely marked as ‘questionable’

Publications

Memberships

  • Northern Circuit;
  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA);
  • North West Housing Law Practitioners;
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers (former national committee member);
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit;
  • Bar Human Rights Committee;
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association; and
  • Greater Manchester Law Centre.

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Background

Natalie studied law at the University of Cambridge, where Pembroke College awarded her a scholarship to spend a year studying at Occidental College in New York and Los Angeles, including an internship at United Nations headquarters. She completed a masters with distinction, taking a double concentration in International Relations (specialising in conflict management and international law) and International Economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy and Washington DC.

Before coming to the Bar, Natalie was a consultant on the small arms and light weapons team at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in New York and worked in Juba for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and the United Nations Development Programme in the former Southern Sudan (on its project to support the referendum for independence). She has also volunteered for peacebuilding and human rights NGOs in Uganda and Kenya and is particularly interested in conflict-affected areas and sub-Saharan Africa. In the UK, Natalie has previously volunteered for Asylum Support Housing Advice (ASHA) in Manchester, Reprieve (secret prisons and extraordinary renditions team) in London and the Kingston Legal Centre. She was a national committee member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers for five years and is a trustee of the Omega Research Foundation, which specialises in research and training in accountability and human rights issues related to military, security and police (MSP) technologies.

Natalie was awarded a Major Scholarship from Inner Temple to complete the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Kaplan Law School, for which she was graded Outstanding. She completed pupillage at Chambers in October 2014 under the supervision of Rory O’Ryan.

 

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