Natasha is an absolute ball of energy. She is good in court and fights her case. She is very thorough and she thinks outside the box.”
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.
She has considerable experience of inheritance claims by spouses and adult children particularly instances where conduct is a serious factor due to alleged physical and/or sexual abuse.
Natasha was instructed on a complex breach of trust and knowing receipt claim involving 9 parties which was listed for a 10 day trial. She was successful in a dispute concerning removal of personal representatives (Baston v Osment & Fox & others ) whereby she secured an order that the executors pay her client’s costs, her client being a beneficiary, and an order that both executors (lay and professional) were denied their indemnity from the estate.
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