Natalie Powell – Pupil Barrister

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0151 243 6000

Year of call: 2017

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Before transferring to the Bar, Natalie was a Family Law Solicitor, undertaking her own advocacy at all levels. During that time, Natalie developed a specialism in representing parties in public law care proceedings, including representing children through her accreditation as a Children Panel member.

More recently Natalie has been employed by a Local Authority childcare department, undertaking her own advocacy in a wide range of public and complex private law proceedings.

Natalie is highly organised and committed. She is friendly and approachable, and develops a strong rapport with all her clients, especially those who are particularly vulnerable.

Expertise

  • Family - Children

    Natalie accepts instructions from all parties in all children law matters, representing local authorities, parents, relatives, interveners and children.

    Public Law

    Natalie has experience in representing all parties in public law proceedings involving wide ranging issues including:

    • Domestic violence
    • Non-accidental injuries
    • Neglect
    • Drug/alcohol abuse
    • Sexual abuse

    Natalie also has experience in complex cases involving issues of radicalisation, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

    Natalie has regularly acted for the most vulnerable clients including receiving instructions from the Official Solicitor.

    Private Law

    Natalie represents all parties in Section 8 Children Act applications including Child Arrangements Orders, Specific Issue Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders. These have included complex proceedings involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse and implacable hostility, often when a 16.4 Guardian has been appointed.

    Natalie also represents parties in Family Law Act proceedings including application for ex-parte Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders, through to Finding of Fact Hearings.

    A Local Authority v A (2017)

    Represented a Local Authority in obtaining a Forced Marriage Protection Order against a father who had taken his 15-year-old daughter to the Yemen in order for her to be married. Secured the child's return to the UK. A FMPO was made until the child reached 18.

    A Local Authority v B (2016)

    Instructed by a Guardian to represent two children who had been found to have been victims of sexual abuse by their parents in earlier care proceedings, resulting in Care and Placement Orders being made. As a result of the children's extensive emotional and behavioural needs, and subsequent failed adoption, the Local Authority sought to revoke the Placement Order. The parents made an application for contact with the children. Natalie advocated strongly on behalf of the children, to ensure that the Court made an order pursuant to s34(4) order for no contact between the parents and children, as well an order to change of the children's middle name and surname, in order to protect their identity.

    A Local Authority v M (2016)

    Instructed by the mother in highly sensitive wardship proceedings before Ms Justice Russell in the Royal Courts of Justice regarding assertions that the parents were attempting to take the children to Syria in order to be radicalised. Successfully argued that the children should remain placed with the parents, and following intricate and forensic examination of complex and voluminous disclosure, the Local Authority agreed to withdraw their application which resulted in the children remaining in the care of their parents with no order.

    W v W (2016)

    Secured a change of residence from mother to father in circumstances of implacable hostility, repeated breached orders and protracted litigation.

    A Local Authority v W (2016)

    Represented a mother in proceedings whereby the children were exposed to appalling home conditions, resulting in the children being removed by the Police who had exercised their powers of protection. Successfully argued for the rehabilitation of the children to the mother at the conclusion of proceedings, assisting in preparation of robust rehabilitation and support plan pursuant to a Supervision Order.

    A Local Authority v E (2015)

    Represented the respondent father, a Doctor, in proceedings involving purported Non-Accidental injuries to young son, who had suffered a skull fracture. Successfully argued against the removal of the child to foster care, securing a placement with family members and obtained a high level of daily contact pending further investigations. A successful application was made for three medical experts, who concluded that, in accordance with the instruction of the parents, the injury was accidental, and accordingly the application of the Local Authority was withdrawn, the respondents exonerated and the child returned to the parents’ care with no order.

    A Local Authority v L (2015)

    Represented a father who had extensive caring responsibilities for his autistic son. Following an emotional breakdown resulting in hospitalisation, the son was removed to foster care. Following the fathers discharge from hospital, successfully argued against the continued separation of father and son, and secured rehabilitation of child to his father’s care on an interim basis. Proceedings concluded with a Supervision Order, ensuring appropriate level of support provided by the Local Authority and other agencies and professionals.
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