Natasha commenced practice in September 2017 on completion of her 12-month pupillage in Chambers and accepts instructions in all Chambers' main areas of practice. During pupillage, she assisted her supervisors in cases before the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the Competition Appeals Tribunal, the European Court of Human Rights and arbitral tribunals.

Before coming to the Bar, Natasha lectured in law at the University of Oxford, King's College London and at the Faculté Libre du Droit Paris. She has also previously worked as a consultant on human rights issues for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the Federal Ombudsman of Pakistan, and (with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC) for AMAR International Charitable Foundation in Iraq.

Natasha was admitted to practise as a lawyer in New South Wales, Australia in 2009, where she appeared for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in a range of matters in the Local and District Courts, and acted as instructing solicitor in several District and Supreme Court criminal trials. 

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Natasha accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' civil liberties and human rights practice. Since joining Chambers, she has worked on cases concerning human rights and civil liberties in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. 

Natasha has published widely on human rights and civil liberties, and taught human rights law at undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Oxford from 2012-2016. 

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Public International Law

Natasha accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' public international law practice. Since joining Chambers, she has worked on public international law issues in cases before the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. 

Natasha's doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford was on the definition of torture in public international law. She has worked as a consultant on public international law issues including the rights of the child, refugee law, and international humanitarian law. 

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Public & Regulatory

Natasha accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' public law and regulatory practice.

In addition to her academic work on public law and human rights, Natasha has worked on a number of public and regulatory law cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Competition Appeals Tribunal, for both claimants and respondents.

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EU & Competition

Natasha accepts instructions in all areas of EU and competition law. She worked on a number of competition cases during her pupillage, including follow-on and hybrid damages claims in the High Court and Competition Appeals Tribunal, as well as advisory work.

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Commercial

Natasha accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation. 

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Arbitration

Natasha accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' arbitration practice.

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Employment

Natasha accepts instructions on all aspects of employment law. During her pupillage, she assisted with several trials in the Employment Tribunal and successfully defending an appeal in the Employment Appeals Tribunal. She has experience of working on issues relating to anonymity, confidentiality and proceedings in camera.

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Private International Law

Natasha has worked on a number of matters with private international law aspects, including questions of jurisdiction, applicable law and limitation.

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Achievements

Education

LLB (Distinction) (University of Sydney); BCL (Distinction) (Oxon); MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)

Prizes and Scholarships

  • Atkin Scholar, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, 2017
  • Charterhouse European Bursary, University of Oxford/University of Leiden, 2014
  • Rhodes Scholar for New South Wales, Australia, 2009-2014
  • Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement, University of Sydney, 2003-2007
  • Walter Reid Memorial Award for Academic Excellence, University of Sydney, 2006 and 2007
  • World Champion, 2007 Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot, Washington DC
  • Best Oralist, Australian National Rounds, 2007 Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot, High Court of Australia, Canberra

Publications

  • Simonsen N ‘Torture’ in Grote R, R Wolfrum and F Lachenmann (eds) Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (OUP 2017) (forthcoming)

  • Lazarus L and N Simonsen ‘Judicial Review and Parliamentary Debate: Enriching the Doctrine of Due Deference', in Hunt M, H Hooper and P Yowell (eds) Redressing the Democratic Deficit on Human Rights (Hart 2015)

  • Simonsen N (2011) ‘“War on Terror”: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2006 (Book Review)’ (2011) European Human Rights Law Review 239

  • Chilton, F, Rathmall, A & Simonsen, N (2008) ‘Mergers and Acquisitions in Australia’ in Lachman, A (ed) Mergers and Acquisitions: A Practical Global Guide, Globe Business Publishing Ltd 

Volunteering and pro bono

Natasha completed a three-month internship at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2008. She has also volunteered for refugee and homelessness charities in Australia and the UK, and in 2012 she and and a group of friends swam the English Channel to raise money for the Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan.

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