Called: 2021

Natalie Oakes

Natalie joined Chambers in May 2021 having transferred to the Bar, following a successful career as a solicitor. She undertook pupillage under the supervision of Joseph Lynch.

Natalie was called to Bar by Middle Temple in March 2021. Natalie practised as a solicitor for 13 years in family law, working in both private practise and as a senior solicitor for local authorities.

At the start of her career, Natalie was in private practise for eight years, advising and running a varied caseload of public and private law Children Act matters. In that role, she gained experience in acting both for parents and children – via their guardians.

Natalie became a member of the Law Society’s Children Act Panel in 2013 and was then re-accredited in 2018.

Excellence Through Continuity of Representation

During her time as a solicitor, Natalie conducted a vast range of advocacy on behalf of local authorities, parents and guardians. She is experienced in emergency protection orders, interim care order applications, deprivation of liberty and non-accidental injury applications, and forced marriage protection orders. Natalie has also appeared in relation to discharge of Care Orders, revocation of Placement Orders, and leave to oppose Adoption Orders.

Natalie has extensive private family law experience, including Child Arrangements Order proceedings – from directions appointments to contested final hearings. Natalie also has experience of advising applicants and respondents in injunction applications.

Natalie accepts instructions for representation of local authorities, parents and guardians, as well as any other represented party in all types of Children Act proceedings. Natalie prides herself upon her calm and measured approach to all of her cases whilst actively pursuing the best outcome for her clients – lay and professional.

Education
  • Lancaster University LLB 2:1
  • LPC 2006
Memberships
  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors 2008
  • Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • FLBA
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