Natalie Pratt joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2020 following the successful completion of her pupillage. Natalie has appeared in the County Court and High Court and accepts instructions across Chambers’ core practice areas.
Natalie is instructed in her own right as counsel in commercial claims concerning contractual disputes. Natalie also gained experience of a broad range of commercial matters during her pupillage, including:
- Assisting with particulars of claim in a matter concerning the breach of a loan agreement and various related company law matters
- Assisting in an expert determination relating to breaches of a joint venture agreement
- Assisting with an application for a Norwich Pharmacal order
- Assisting with a breach of contract advice, with specific regard to the application of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 and the governing law and jurisdiction of the contract
- Assisting with particulars of claim for breach of trust, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt.
Natalie gained experience in a broad range of wills, trusts and estates matters during her pupillage, including:
- Assisting with various part 8 claims for the construction of wills
- Assisting in a claim for the removal of executors
- Assisting in a part 8 claim for the disclosure of documents relating to the management of an unincorporated association
- Shadowing counsel in a mediation concerning a claim brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975
- Drafting a deed of variation of the beneficial entitlements under a will.
Natalie has appeared in her own right in the High Court and County Court on bankruptcy and winding up petitions, and other insolvency related matters.
Natalie gained experience in insolvency related matters during her pupillage, including:
- Assisting with an advice relating to the potential insolvency of a company and the application of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020
- Preparing a skeleton argument for a hearing to obtain a validation order.
Natalie gained experience in property related matters during her pupillage, including:
- Assisting with an advice on the forfeiture of a commercial lease, the relevant provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and dilapidations
- Drafting an advice regarding an alleged easement for the supply of water
Prior to joining the Bar, Natalie lectured the law of property and trusts from September 2013 to August 2019. Natalie has published several articles relating to land and planning law matters, and was awarded a PhD for a thesis titled ‘The Real Tragedy of the Commons: The Absence of Suitable Institutions in English Law to Secure Mutual Self-Interest Commons’.
Natalie is currently instructed in her own right as counsel in judicial review proceedings on a charity matter.
Natalie also gained experience in charity matters during her pupillage, including:
- Shadowing counsel in Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Ors v Derby City Council  EWHC 3436 (Ch) (a case concerning whether Foundation Trusts are charities and therefore entitled to mandatory rating relief)
- Drafting an advice concerning a fundraising appeal
- Assisting and shadowing counsel in various matters relating to charity governance.
Natalie gained experience in pensions matters during her pupillage, including:
- Assisting Keith Rowley QC in Univar UK Ltd v Smith & Ors  EWHC 1596 (Ch) (a claim for rectification of the governing documents of an occupational scheme)
- Assisting in the preparation of another claim for the rectification of a scheme’s governing documentation
- Attending the Association of Pension Lawyers Beginners Course.
- PhD, King’s College London (2014 – 2019)
- BPTC, BPP Law School (Outstanding) (2016 – 2018)
- BCL, University of Oxford (subject prize in Advanced Property and Trusts) (2012 – 2013)
- LLB Law (First Class Honours), University of Surrey (2009 – 2012)
- Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn (2018)
- Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
- Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
- Subject prize in Advanced Property and Trusts, University of Oxford (2014)
- ‘Recreation easements after Regency Villas Title Ltd and others v Diamond Resorts Ltd and others  UKSC 57’  7 Journal of Planning and Environment Law 638
- ‘Community property claims in the personhood perspective: part II’ (2018) 30(1) Denning Law Journal 85
- ‘A proprietary right to recreate’  4 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 312
- ‘Community property claims in the personhood perspective: part I’ (2017) 29 Denning Law Journal 17
- ‘Confrontation, contentious use, and a West Yorkshire chip shop’  5 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 414
- ‘A trap for unwary developers? The operation of section 62 Law of Property Act 1925 following Wood v Waddington’  12 Journal of Planning and Environment Law 1341
- ‘The by right defence in village green registration’ (2015) 7(2) International Journal of Law in the Built Environment 96
- ‘Analysing conservation covenants’  12 Journal of Planning and Environment Law 1310
- ‘The setting of the sun on the village green era?’ (2014) 26 Denning Law Journal 234
- ‘Conservation covenants: a proprietary analysis’  78 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 328
- ‘The application of the equitable doctrine of laches to the rectification of the town and village green register’  6 Journal of Planning and Environment Law 588