Natalie Cross

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Public Law Children

Natalie is a family law specialist, having completed a family law pupillage at a Midlands set, before returning to her West Midlands routes. She conducts work at all court levels.

Natalie is Public Access trained which enables her to accept instructions direct from clients.

Natalie prides herself on her ability to deal with clients in very difficult situations and is well-regarded for her attention to detail and thoroughness in preparation, often at short notice. She is sympathetic to the individual needs of her client and is dedicated to securing the best possible result for them. She aims to provide her client with practical, realistic advice.

Public Law

Natalie represents the local authority, parents and children, and is regularly found representing parents with mental health and learning difficulties, including experience of clients being represented via the Official Solicitor. Her experience includes cases involving non-accidental injuries, allegations of sexual abuse, neglect, domestic abuse, and drug and alcohol misuse. Natalie has experience of all stages of hearing, including interim hearings, multi-day contested final hearings, finding of fact hearings and appeals.

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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