Natasha will look at the bigger picture to provide the clients with clear but rounded advice. ‘She does not just consider one aspect of a case but takes all solutions and pathways into consideration. Always friendly and ready to discuss matters. Very pragmatic and approachable.’ “
Natasha has extensive experience of wills, trusts and probate matters. She is regularly instructed as sole counsel on matters of significant value from pre-action through to trial or mediation. She has been published in the Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal several times and is currently undertaking the ACTAPS professional development course.
Natasha successfully appeared in 2 joined trials heard in the Chancery Division of the High Court (Scott v Allen ; Smith, Binns & Clarke v Scott ). She acted for the administrator in a claim concerning the presumption of revocation, propounding for a will and an application for his removal. Natasha also represented him in a claim for an account and a declaration as to ownership of property, the main asset being secured in the interim as a result of her successful application for a freezing injunction in the sum of £625,000.
Natasha acted as junior to Leslie Blohm QC in respect of the administration of the estate of the late Barry Pring, a case which received national press coverage. This concerned a millionaire who died intestate in the Ukraine and the issue of forfeiture.
Natasha was sole counsel for the defendants in Sollis v Leyshon & Leyshon  EWHC 2853 (Ch). This was a complex 3-day trial concerning breach of trust, duress, proprietary estoppel, resulting trusts, unconscionability, undue influence and unjust enrichment.
Natasha’s experience includes:
- Allegations of duress and undue influence
- Beddoe applications
- Breach of trust and devastavit claims
- Claims against personal representatives and trustees including applications for their removal, conflicts of interest and self-dealing
- Claims based on constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel or resulting trusts (including ToLATA and those which involve Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989)
- Claims involving minors and unborn children
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 by adult children, partners and spouses including applications for permission to bring such claims out of time
- Construction and rectification of trusts and wills including situations where there have been handwritten amendments and use of correction fluids
- Deeds of compromise and deeds of variation
- Derivative actions
- Disclosure requests
- Estate administration queries and applications for directions
- Intestacy and partial intestacy inclusive of attempts to determine lineage
- Insolvent estates
- Lifetime gifts
- Mirror wills and mutual wills
- Probate claims i.e. grant of probate, propounding for a will, revocation of grant and will validity challenges
- Chancery Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
Qualifications & awards:
- LLM International Commercial Law (Distinction), University of Nottingham
- BVC, BPP
- LLB Law (Hons), University of Hull
- Bristol Law Society’s “Barrister of the Year 2017”
- Istituto di Studi Economici e per l’Occupazione Scholarship
- Ferens Scholarship