Natalie Cross

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Private Law Children

Natalie undertakes work in private law children matters, from the first hearing through to contested final hearings. This includes cases involving where a child should live, who and how often the child should spend time with a person, and relocation cases both in the United Kingdom and abroad. She represents parents, grandparents and children under FPR rule 16.4, often in complex matters where both parents are litigants in person, and which have included issues such as parental alienation and inter-sibling sexual activity.

She is also instructed to represent clients who require injunctive relief, often at urgent hearings.

Recent cases:

Re B (Care Proceedings: Finding of Fact Hearing: Skull Fractures) [2017] EWFC B30. Read more here.

Natalie represented a father in public law proceedings where serious allegations of violence had been made against him. She was successful in ensuring no findings were made and the children were returned to his care.

In public law proceedings, Natalie successfully opposed an adoption plan in her representation of the mother, despite the plan being recommended by the local authority and supported by the children’s guardian.

Natalie appeared for a father in the Royal Courts of Justice opposing an application by the mother to take the child on holiday abroad. The court considered that there was a risk the child would not be returned, led by Natalie’s cross-examination, and refused the application for removal.

Qualifications

LLB Hons Degree Law: First Class – University of Derby

Bar Vocational Course: Very Competent – College of Law

Memberships

Midland Circuit

Family Law Bar Association

The Honourable Society of Inner Temple

Awards/Scholarships

Inner Temple: Major Scholarship and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award

Further Information

Alongside her practice, Natalie led the Child Protection Module at the University of Derby for three years. She overhauled the course material during this time and conducted seminars, tutorials and assessments as part of her role.

Prior to the Bar, Natalie worked as a specialist family law paralegal for two years and was appointed as a Special Constable with West Midlands Police Force.

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