Natasha Dzameh


Natasha Dzameh

Call 2010 (Middle Temple)
Qualifications | LLM International Commercial Law (Distinction), University of Nottingham | BVC, BPP | LLB Law (Hons), University of Hull |
Awards Istituto di Studi Economici e per l’Occupazione Scholarship, Ferens Scholarship.
Professional Memberships Chancery Bar Association

Expertise


Natasha accepts instructions which require the application of her knowledge of commercial disputes, real property, trusts, wills etc. to cases arising in an agricultural context. Examples are cases concerning: agricultural tenancies, boundary disputes, failure to pay levy required by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2008, farming partnerships including the impact of the death of a partner and the extent of partnership assets, hire purchase agreements for farming equipment, rights of way, sale and supply of goods such as animal feed and fertiliser, trusts and succession disputes.

She is accustomed to dealing with expert reports in these fields such as those of agricultural engineers and agronomists.

Natasha is instructed to represent major financial institutions and consumers. Her practice includes disputes involving credit cards, enforcement, hire agreements, guarantees, mortgages, payment instructions, rights of recovery and indemnity claims. She is familiar with applications for Bankers Trust orders and third party debt orders.

As a result of her LLM studies Natasha also has sound knowledge of financial regulation, particularly from a consumer protection perspective.

Natasha is particularly interested in commercial matters. She has extensive experience in this field and has received instructions on a variety of commercial cases including building disputes, consumer credit, equine contracts involving competition level horses, guarantees, sale of goods, supply of goods and services, technology contracts and unpaid invoices.

Natasha has dealt with conversion, data protection, dishonest assistance, enforceability concerns, Francovich claims, freezing orders (including worldwide freezing orders), insurance (particularly undervaluation allegations), interim injunctions, misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and wrongful interference. She is happy to apply her knowledge to specialist sectors such as sports law when required and she has an excellent understanding of carriage contracts. Natasha accepts instructions on insurance coverage disputes and has also been instructed by the GLD’s commercial litigation team. During pupillage Natasha gained experience of WFOs in relation to a US judgment for a sum in excess of $180 million.

Natasha has received instructions concerning directors’ personal guarantees and sale and purchase agreements. She is able to advise on a range of company law issues such as directors’ duties, shareholder agreements and unfair prejudice. She has also drafted an application for disclosure of documents used in other proceedings in the Chancery Division, Companies Court involving the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 and a company in liquidation which managed a fund in excess of £100m. During pupillage she attended the Court of Appeal on Davy v Pickering and others [2017] EWCA Civ 30 which concerned restoration to the register of a dissolved company.

Natasha’s work in this field involves residential and commercial construction disputes relating to contra charges, contractual variations, defective foundations, defective works generally, design flaws, latent defects, quality concerns, retention, short measures and validity of pay less notices. She is also frequently instructed on professional negligence matters in relation to construction professionals.

Natasha has extensive property, trusts and wills experience and has advised on matters in these areas whereby the Court of Protection was involved. An example of one of her cases in this field involved advising on prospects, best interests and authority to litigate in relation to beneficial interests in a joint bank account and a potential Inheritance Act claim where the Claimant suffered with Alzheimer’s disease and resided in a nursing home.

Natasha has received instructions in relation to residential and mixed use possession matters, the right to buy and service charges. She has a wealth of experience in this area due to her previous work as a County Court Advocate in which she regularly received instructions relating to landlord and tenant possession (commercial and residential) which largely concerned non-payment of rent, mortgage possessions (including those involving LPA receivers) and disrepair.

Natasha has a broad range of experience regarding corporate and personal insolvency disputes including applications to annul bankruptcy orders, bankruptcy petitions, setting aside statutory demands and winding up proceedings. She regularly appears in the Chancery Division of the High Court.

Insolvency issues can often become intertwined with other areas of her practice. She has advised on and represented a client at trial concerning beneficial interests in a property and the court’s powers in respect of final charging orders post-bankruptcy. She has also drafted an application for disclosure of documents used in other proceedings in the Chancery Division, Companies Court involving the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 and a company in liquidation which managed a fund in excess of £100m.

Natasha is happy to accept instructions in complex insolvency matters and is familiar with international aspects of corporate law and insolvency. Whilst a pupil she attended the Court of Appeal on Davy v Pickering and others [2017] EWCA Civ 30 which concerned restoration to the register of a dissolved company. Prior to joining chambers Natasha often represented clients in bankruptcy proceedings as a County Court Advocate.

Natasha accepts instructions across the spectrum of intellectual property law. She has advised on breach of copyright and passing off in relation to acts affecting a cyber security company with an international presence.

During her undergraduate degree and her LLM Natasha studied copyright law (including software and internet copyright), design rights, passing off, patents, trademarks and trade secrets.

Natasha accepts instructions on partnership disputes and has dealt with concerns over the extent of partnership assets, farming partnerships, hire agreements entered into by partnerships and the impact of the death of a partner.

Natasha is often instructed to represent Claimants and Defendants in professional negligence matters and has successfully represented clients at trial. Her practice focuses on legal professionals (solicitors and barristers), construction professionals (architects, builders, surveyors etc.) and financial professionals. These disputes often concern matters relating to Natasha’s other practice areas however she also advises on professional negligence disputes generally. Having studied marine insurance law, Natasha has a solid understanding of insurance law principles and so also accepts instructions on coverage.

As a commercial and chancery practitioner Natasha is accustomed to dealing with multifaceted claims which involve breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust in addition to making tactical applications such as those for disclosure of documents used in other proceedings. She undertook a 3 month secondment at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP in which she advised on, and drafted various documents in respect of, solicitors’ professional negligence claims. These involved a range of firms, including international firms, where the insurer client was one of the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance companies.

In respect of legal professionals, Natasha’s practice includes failure to advise on or identify particular issues, failure to correctly complete the requisite documentation, conflicts of interest, cyber fraud, disclosure concerns, estate maladministration, ineffectual advice, mishandling of funds, negligent procurement of funds from financial institutions, poor recommendations and strategy pre-litigation and during litigation.

Natasha’s construction professionals’ practice concerns work in respect of residential and commercial buildings. It includes defective foundations, defective works, failure to recognise potential issues during surveys, failure to adequately complete planning applications, failure to advise during execution of project designs, inaccurate valuations and latent damage.

Natasha accepts instructions across the spectrum of property and real estate whether the matter involves agricultural, commercial or residential property. She has undertaken trials in the County Court and the Chancery Division of the High Court. Natasha has experience of a broad range of property issues such as: adverse possession, boundary disputes, constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel, contracts for the sale of land, easements (particularly rights of way and prescription), estate rentcharges, forfeiture, injunctions, landlord and tenant disputes (especially deposit protection, prescribed information, harassment, validity of notices etc.), land registration, licences, nuisance, overage agreements, restrictive covenants, service charges, the right to buy, ToLATA claims and trespass. Natasha is also familiar with applications to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) to modify restrictive covenants.

Natasha has been instructed on niche property matters such as the demolition of a chapel and restrictions on property development where graveyards are concerned. She also accepts instructions on real property matters and has dealt with cases involving the tort of conversion. In a 1 day unlawful eviction trial concerning deposit protection, prescribed information, harassment and trespass she recovered statutory damages, aggravated and exemplary damages for her client. Natasha secured permission to appeal and successfully appealing a decision concerning the liability of a non-resident tenant, who was also a director of the landlord management company, for service charges shortly after qualifying as a barrister.

Natasha has a broad range of experience in relation to property disputes and a number of these disputes have been insurer funded. Details of her experience can be found in the relevant sub-areas. She is also instructed in relation to property damage and real property matters. Natasha secured pre-action disclosure in a property damage dispute and recovered costs. She has successfully represented one of the UK’s largest insurance company in a dispute over the valuation of property. Having studied marine insurance law, Natasha has a solid understanding of insurance law principles and so also accepts instructions on coverage.

Natasha’s trusts and estates practice involves matters heard in the County Court and the Chancery Division of the High Court. It includes advising on compromises, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, claims against personal representatives and trustees, construction of trusts and wills, Court of Protection matters, deeds of variation, estate administration, lifetime gifts, probate claims, proprietary estoppel, rectification, ToLATA claims and will validity challenges. She also has an understanding of Beddoe applications, disclosure requests, removal of personal representatives, requests for an account and mutual wills.

Natasha also accepts instructions in relation to these matters where the Court of Protection is involved.

Practice Overview

Natasha has a diverse commercial and chancery practice. She is often instructed to appear in the County Court and the High Court for trials, procedural matters such as CMCs, CCMCs and PTRs, and interim applications e.g. pre-action disclosure, set aside, strike out and summary judgment. She is regularly instructed in cases with six and seven figure valuations. Natasha frequently drafts opinions and pleadings as well as representing clients at joint settlement meetings, mediations and trials. Approximately 1 year after becoming a tenant she won the Bristol Law Society’s “Barrister of the Year 2017” Award.

Within her first 5 months of tenancy Natasha was successful in an application for permission to appeal and an appeal concerning errors of law and fact. She undertook a 3-month secondment at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP where she advised on, and drafted various documents in respect of, solicitors’ professional negligence claims.

Natasha marshalled with HHJ McCahill QC in the Chancery Division of Bristol District Registry during pupillage and has previously marshalled at the Court of Appeal Civil Division. Prior to pupillage, Natasha represented clients at more than 600 hearings as a County Court Advocate in the fields of commercial, chancery and general civil law. She has previously worked as a paralegal managing her own caseload of small track, fast track and multi-track claims. Natasha is therefore familiar with the difficulties facing professional clients and lay clients throughout the litigation process.

She is also a trained mediator.

For further details of Natasha’s commercial and chancery experience, please click on the drop-down headings in the expertise section above.

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Background

Before undertaking pupillage Natasha obtained a wealth of advocacy experience having represented clients at more than 600 hearings as a County Court Advocate in the fields of commercial, chancery and general civil law. This included bankruptcy proceedings, charging orders, CMCs, CCMCs, general applications, orders for sale, possession claims, redeterminations, return of goods, small claims, set aside, strike out and summary judgment applications. Natasha has previously worked as a paralegal managing her own caseload of small track, fast track and multi-track claims. She is therefore familiar with the difficulties facing professional clients and lay clients throughout the litigation process.

As part of her LLM Natasha studied specialist fields such as advanced copyright and design law, banking and financial regulation, EU competition law, international and comparative trademark law, international aspects of corporate law and insolvency and marine insurance law. She also wrote a dissertation on financial regulation relating to the replacement of the FSA with the FCA and PRA entitled “The New Enforcement Approach to Financial Regulation in the UK: Fully Functioning or Defective?”. This was produced following tutelage by Nobel Laureates on economic stability in worldwide economies and markets at the Istituto di Studi Economici e per l’Occupazione in Italy.

Natasha has previously marshalled in the Court of Appeal Civil Division observing Ghadami v Lyon Cole Insurance [2010] EWCA Civ 767, Harsukhray Bhatt v Fontain Motors Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 863, R (Cart) v Upper Tribunal [2010] EWCA Civ 859 and RSA Consulting Ltd v Evans [2010] EWCA Civ 866.

Interests

In her spare time Natasha enjoys archery, attempting to play the electric guitar, clay pigeon shooting, foreign cinema and a range of literature with a particular focus on fantasy, historical fiction and mythology.