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Natalie Foster

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Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email natalie.foster@42br.com

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Introduction

Natalie has crafted a successful and busy civil practice where she specialises in both residential and commercial property disputes and personal injury.

Prior to joining chambers Natalie had a busy mixed common law and crime practice where she excelled at trial advocacy. She regularly appeared in the magistrates and crown courts both prosecuting and defending in some of the most serious criminal cases. This regular trial experience means that Natalie is a skilled advocate, and her ability to effectively cross-examine witnesses is outstanding.

Natalie accepts instructions on a direct access basis.

Natalie is mum to a young and demanding daughter and in her spare time she is both taxi and activity organiser to keep her young child’s mind occupied. Natalie also enjoys travelling and reading (she is a founding member of a local book club).

Housing & Property

Natalie regularly advises and represents landlords and tenants in a broad range of actions including possession, rent arrears, trespass, and disrepair claims.

She has frequently provided crucial advice on the validity of section 21 notices, including issues surrounding tenancy deposit protection and gas safety certificate requirements.

Prior to commencing pupillage Natalie worked as a caseworker for Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K), a London based charity that provides advice and representation to people in extreme poverty. There she provided advice and represented vulnerable people in Social Security Appeal Tribunals and assisted in possession proceedings. Natalie is committed to fighting the causes of inequality and poverty and between 2012 to 2015 she was a trustee of Z2K.

Natalie also has extensive experience both advising and representing clients in a broad range of property disputes and the commercial / contractual issues that arise. Natalie has been instructed to deal with applications to strike out, she has been instructed in successful emergency injunction applications in the High Court, and emergency applications for relief from forfeiture.

General Crime Profile

Prior to joining chambers Natalie both defended and prosecuted serious cases in the Crown, Magistrates' and Youth Courts. She had a particular interest in defending both young and vulnerable clients and prior to joining chambers Natalie chaired Merton Youth Offending Team's Referral Order Panels where she worked with young offenders and victims to administer restorative sentences handed down by the Youth Court. Natalie has also mentored young people at risk of offending and she worked with Just for Kids law, a charity exclusively representing young people in criminal, education and community care proceedings. 

Natalie was awarded the Inner Temple Sir Joseph Priestley Scholarship for an internship in 2014 with the African Prisons Project (APP) in Kampala, Uganda. During the internship Natalie tutored prisoners on death-row and ex-prisoners who are currently enrolled on a distance learning LLB course with the University of London International Programme. She also provided vocational training to Susan Kigula, a prisoner that led 417 others in the landmark Ugandan Supreme Court case of Attorney General v Kigula and 417 ors [2009] UGSC 6. This case successfully challenged the mandatory death penalty in Uganda. Natalie also led a mitigation skills workshop with prisoners in the Luzira Maximum Security Women’s Prison.

In 2014 Natale was seconded to the Serious Fraud Office where she acted as independent Legal Professional Privilege counsel for the largest ever single investigation carried out by the SFO into bribery and corruption at Rolls-Royce PLC. She worked as part of a team that held responsibility for the document review of conduct that spun three decades and seven jurisdictions. She is currently seconded part-time as part of a team responsible for document review in a smaller ongoing investigation where the suspects have not yet been charged.

Qualifications and Appointments

  • LL.B (Hons) Bachelor of Laws, Upper Second Class - Brunel University (2008)
  • Exhibition Scholarship - Inner Temple (2010)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award - Inner Temple (2010)
  • Bar Vocational Course - Very Competent (2011)
  • Sir Joseph Priestley Scholarship - Inner Temple (2014)
  • Junior Bar Association, President - Inner Temple (2014-2016)
  • Bar Liaison Committee - Inner Temple (2014-2016)
  • Temple Women’s Forum Steering Group - Inner Temple & Middle Temple (2014-2016)

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