Natasha’s practice focuses on public law, with a particular interest in human rights, education, immigration and cases with an international dimension. She regularly appears in appellate courts and has extensive advocacy, public inquiry and inquest experience. Natasha is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel and teaches Public Law at the London School of Economics.
Natasha acts as counsel to the Iraq Fatality Investigations, an Article 2 inquiry led by Baroness Heather Hallett into civilian deaths in Iraq involving British forces. She has led the counsel team since 2021. In this role, she advises on all matters relating to the substance and procedure of the non-statutory inquiry, including on the requirements of Article 2, issues of disclosure and evidence, ICC and AG prosecution undertakings and anonymity, in addition to matters of International Humanitarian Law as they arise.
Natasha regularly acts in high-profile and complex cases for claimants and defendants, and has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council. She is a skilled commercial advocate and brings this experience to her public law practice.
Some recent cases include:
- Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse International & Ors (2021): acting on behalf of the Credit Suisse Deal Team in a multi-billion-dollar civil fraud claim in the Commercial Court concerning the enforceability of a state guarantee. This case raises complex issues concerning the privilege against self-incrimination under Article 6 and questions of state immunity.
- Re Keeping Kids Company  EWHC 175 (Ch): successfully defended Camila Batmanghelidjh, the CEO of the high-profile children’s charity Kids Company, in the 10-week directors disqualiﬁcation trial arising out of the charity’s collapse.
- Suraj & Ors v Attorney General of Trinidad & Tobago: acting for the Attorney General in linked appeals relating to the constitutionality of the Coronavirus Regulations 2020 and the scope of the legislative savings provisions contained in the Constitution (to be heard March 2022).
- Keefe v (1) Mapfre Mutualidad Compania De Seguros Y Reaseguros SA (2) Hoteles Pinero Canarias SL: Supreme Court appeal concerning the interpretation of the Brussels I Regulations governing jurisdiction in insurance. The case is currently on reference to the CJEU.
- R (Mendes) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 924: acting for the claimant in this appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the correct test for interim relief from deportation pending the determination of a statutory EEA deportation appeal.
Natasha has a strong international dimension to her work. In addition to regular instructions in the Commonwealth Caribbean and Privy Council, she often advises on a broad range of issues under private international, international humanitarian and human rights law. She is a member of the Geoffrey Nice Foundation working group on the role of international judicial mechanisms in post- conﬂict society and holds an Inner Temple Pegasus Scholarship to work with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Beirut on transitional justice and engagement (on hold due to Covid).
Natasha is a Governor at The Bridge School, a special needs multi-academy trust in Holloway. Prior to joining the Bar, she worked at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Switzerland and for the United Nations Development Programme.
Public Law / Human Rights
Natasha has a broad public law practice, acting for claimants, defendants and intervening parties. She also has experience bringing and appealing claims by constitutional motion in Commonwealth jurisdictions and in matters on appeal to the Privy Council.
Natasha also teaches Public Law at the London School of Economics.
Some recent instructions include:
- Suraj & Ors v AG of Trinidad and Tobago; Satyan & Maharaj v Attorney Genegal of Trinidad and Tobago (Privy Council): Acting for the Attorney General in linked appeals relating to the constitutionality of the Coronavirus Regulations 2020 and the scope of the legislative savings provisions contained in the Constitution.
- Iraq Fatality Investigations: advising on the scope of Article 2 inquiries, matters of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in an investigation into the status of and duties owed to a deceased prisoner of war under the Geneva Conventions.
- Acting for the Office of the Independent Adjudicator in judicial review claims concerning the approach to student complaints arising out of disruption to the higher education sector as a result of Covid-19.
- Acting on behalf of a group of civil servants in an appeal arising out of the failure to recognise their eligibility for promotion or to refer them for promotion (Trinidad & Tobago).
- Drafting legislation and statutory regulations for the Gibraltar government.
- Advising on behalf of the claimant, a former government minister, in a constitutional claim in the High Court of Trinidad & Tobago regarding Ministerial expenses and the interpretation of the provisions governing housing allowances (Trinidad & Tobago).
- Advising on the law of contempt in respect of a judicial review challenge to the government’s failure to take action against a property developer in respect of his dredging activities in Clifton Bay (Bahamas).
- Acting in judicial review challenges and civil claims against unlawful detention under immigration powers.
Natasha has a strong international dimension to her work, and her practice often engages matters of international humanitarian, private international and human rights law.
She is a member of the Geoﬀrey Nice Foundation working group on the role of international judicial mechanisms in post- conﬂict society and working on the definition of genocide. Natasha has been awarded a Pegasus Scholarship by Inner Temple to work on transitional justice and victim engagement at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Beirut (currently on hold due to COVID-19).
Some recent experience includes:
- Advising an NGO on the application of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) to the conflict in West Papua and the international status of that conflict
- Advising an NGO on engagement with the ICRC
- Advising the Iraq Fatality Investigations on the application of the Geneva Conventions to prisoners of war
- Natasha was due to report as a Trial Observer for the Bar Human Rights Committee on military courts in May-June 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19).
Before joining the Bar, Natasha held the Richard Sandbrook Fellowship at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Switzerland, advising on the RED+ conservation and social justice programme. She also worked as a Legal Intern for the UNDP, researching judicial transparency and the rule of law.
Public Inquiries and Inquests
Natasha has substantial experience in inquiries and inquests, acting as counsel to core participants and as leading junior inquiry counsel. Her advice is regularly sought on the design, procedure and terms of reference for non-statutory public inquiries. She holds security clearance (SC) and is experienced in handling sensitive information.
Natasha has been instructed as counsel to the Iraq Fatality Investigations since 2017, acting as leading junior counsel since 2021. In this role, Natasha advises on all matters relating to the substance and procedure of the non-statutory inquiry, including on the requirements of Article 2, issues of disclosure and evidence, ICC and AG prosecution undertakings and matters of anonymity. She additionally advises the Inspector on matters of International Humanitarian Law as they arise.
As Counsel to the Iraq Fatality Investigations, Natasha has been instructed on the following matters:
- Investigation into the deaths of Radhi Nama and Mousa Ali: Inquiry concerning the deaths of two detained civilians and various allegations of ill treatment at a British army base near Basrah in May 2003.
- Investigation into the death of Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali (Ongoing): investigation concerned with identifying whether there was a systemic practice of ‘wetting’ as a law-enforcement mechanism in the post-war phase of British Occupation in 2003.
- Investigation into the death of Saeed Radhi Shabram Wawi Al-Bazooni: inquiry concerned with the death by drowning of a teenage boy in the Shatt-al-Arab canal near Basrah in May 2003. Baroness Hallett’s report into the death of Saeed Shabram was laid before Parliament and published in September 2020.
- Investigation into the death of Tariq Sabri Mahmud: inquiry into the death of a prisoner of war being transported between coalition forces during the Iraq war. Sir George Newman’s report into the death of Tariq Sabri Mahmud, laid before Parliament and published in March 2019.
Natasha has a balanced inquest practice, acting on behalf of families, individuals and organisations (including government). She has particular experience in inquests involving deaths overseas.
- Inquest touching upon the death of Andrew Mason: acting for the MoJ / Prison Service in an inquest relating to a Covid-related death in prison custody.
- Inquest touching upon the death of Dr J Warshafsky: acting as sole counsel on behalf of a public body within the Department of Health in a complex inquest into the drug- related death of a medical registrar.
- The Tunisia Inquests: advising bereaved families in the inquests arising from the terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia in June 2015.
Natasha was seconded in 2016 to a leading solicitors’ ﬁrm, working on regulatory and inquest proceedings involving medical care providers and care homes.
Immigration and Asylum
Natasha acts for claimants and intervening parties in a range of immigration, asylum and unlawful detention matters and regularly appears in the Immigration Tribunals and High Court.
She is experienced in asylum appeals under domestic and European refugee law and regularly works in camps and clinics in Athens, Calais and Dunkirk. She is a frequent volunteer with RLS Athens, oﬀering legal advice on family reuniﬁcation and asylum to clients in Greece.
Natasha represents detained clients pro bono through Bail for Immigration Detainees. Some recent noteworthy cases include:
- R (Mendes) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 924: appeal concerning the correct test for interim relief pending the determination of a statutory EEA deportation appeal.
- The Court of Appeal allowed the applicant’s appeal against the refusal of interim relief in a judicial review challenge to the regulation 33 certiﬁcation of his deportation under the EEA 2016 Regulations.
- Acting on behalf of a victim of traﬃcking in respect of the curtailment of her beneﬁt payments.
- Advising on Court of Protection and capacity issues in asylum proceedings.
- Acting in a successful JR of the Home Oﬃce delay in determining an asylum claim.
- Acting on behalf of an EEA citizen in her deportation appeal and reg 33 judicial review challenge.
- Acting in a complex unlawful detention challenge relating to detention under immigration and extradition powers. Advising a UK-registered charity on visa and contracting matters post-Brexit.
Natasha has a strong interest in education and is instructed on behalf of parents, schools and local authorities in a range of public and civil matters. She also acts as Standing Counsel to the Oﬃce of the Independent Adjudicator, the designated ombuds body for higher education student complaints.
Her practice is informed by her experience as an independent governor of The Bridge School, a pioneering special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Academy in Holloway. She also volunteers for IPSEA, oﬀering advice and representation to help secure the right education for children and young people with SEND.
Some recent matters include:
- Defending the OIA in judicial review actions and civil claims concerning the outcome of the complaints review process, including claims relating to allegations of discrimination and arising out of disruption to higher education as a result of Covid-19.
- Acting pro bono for a parent in a civil action arising out of the bullying of her children at their academy school. — Acting for a group of Muslim parents to challenge a school’s refusal to provide halal school meals.
Commercial / Private International
Natasha is experienced in a broad range of contentious and non-contentious commercial, company and insolvency matters, and regularly is instructed in high-profile cases at the intersection of public and commercial law.
She has particular expertise in matters raising issues of jurisdiction and conﬂicts of law and appeared in the Supreme Court in the leading case on insurance jurisdiction under Brussels I. Natasha has advised extensively on the private international law implications of Brexit on cross-border litigation and has substantial experience litigating under the Athens and Montreal Conventions on behalf of major tour operator clients.
Some recent noteworthy cases include:
- Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse International & Ors (ongoing): Acting on behalf of the Credit Suisse Deal Team defendants in a multi-billion-dollar civil fraud claim involving allegations of bribery, conspiracy, deceit, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt and seeking declarations as to the enforceability of a state guarantee. This case is taking place in the Commercial Court.
- Re Keeping Kids Company  EWHC 175 (Ch): Acting on behalf of Camila Batmanghelidjh, CEO, in the 10-week directors disqualiﬁcation proceedings arising out of the collapse of the charity, Kids Company. This is the ﬁrst CDDA 1986 case that has been pursued in the context of a charitable company, and raises novel issues relating to de facto directorship and the responsibilities of non-executive directors of a charity.
- Re Keeping Kids Company; Oﬃcial Receiver v Atkinson  EWHC 2839 (Ch): In this interlocutory decision, Falk J refused to allow the Oﬃcial Receiver to advance at trial case of breach of duty that had not previously been advanced on the evidence relied upon.
- Acting on behalf of a leading car manufacturer in a claim concerning the scope of the customer warranty agreement and the apportionment of liability between the manufacturer and its franchise-holders.
- Advising a charitable think tank on the governance responsibilities of the Trustee Board and the delegation of management functions.
- Keefe v (1) Mapfre Mutualidad Compania De Seguros Y Reaseguros SA (2) Hoteles Pinero Canarias SL: Supreme Court appeal concerning the interpretation of the Brussels I Regulations governing jurisdiction in insurance matters. The case is currently on reference to the CJEU.
- Advising a major trade union in various matters arising out of the closure of the national petroleum company, including to secure employee benefits under the $4.2bn pension fund (Trinidad & Tobago).
Natasha is a regular contributor to the New Law Journal, Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency (a Lexis publication) and the Travel and Aviation Quarterly.
- “Inquests Overseas: common issues and how to get around them”, Travel and Aviation Quartely (issue 4), July 2021, reprinted in Counsel Magazine and the International & Travel Law Blog
- New Law Journal, “Third Sector Protector – Implications of the Kids Company case”, March 2021
- “New requirements for witness statements: PD57AC”, Feb 2021
- Iraq Fatality Investigations, Consolidated Report into the death of Saeed Radhi Shabram Wawi Al-Bazooni, September 2020 (CP 290)
- Iraq Fatality Investigations, Consolidated Report into the death of Tariq Sabri Mahmud, March 2019 (CP
- Free Movement, Eviction of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under European Law, 4 July 2019
- Limits to the Duomatic principle, Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency, October 2017, vol 10 issue 5
- No Limits: the indefinite suspension of a bankrupt’s discharge, Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency, vol 10 issue 5, April 2017
- Validation orders require more than good faith, Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency, October 2016
Qualifications and Appointments
- Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), City Law School Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), City Law School
- History BA, Exeter College, University of Oxford
- Leilo Stampa Prize for Disciplines of History (University of Oxford) (2013)
- Quarrel-Read Prize for Finals (Exeter College, University of Oxford) (2013)
- Simon Pointer Prize for History (Exeter College, University of Oxford) (2012)
- Pegasus Scholarship (2020)
- Geoffrey Nice Foundation Bursary (2015)
- Inner Temple Major Scholarship (2014)
- Kaplan Advocacy Scholarship (2014)
- Inner Temple GDL Scholarship (2013)
- Administrative Law and Bar Association (ALBA)
- Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
- Bar Human Rights Association (BHRA)
- Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA)
- Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
- Spanish (including study at the University of Havana)
- French (conversational)
- Levantine Arabic (conversational)