Natasha has a broad practice across all Chambers' main areas of work.

Her recent work has included applications for judicial review (claimant and respondent), jurisdictional challenges, data protection claims, and a range of other commercial, sports and employment disputes. She is currently instructed in cases pending before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as well as in a number of tribunal matters. 

From September to December 2018, Natasha completed a secondment at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) where she advised on possible competition law challenges to the next price control and on responding to applications for judicial review.

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. 

Natasha is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel.

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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.

Natasha is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel.

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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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EU & Competition

Natasha accepts instructions in all areas of EU and competition law. She completed a secondment to the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) for three months during 2018. Natasha also 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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Employment

Natasha accepts instructions on all aspects of employment law. She regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal and has acted for both claimants and defendants. She has experience of working on issues relating to sex, race and disability discrimination claims, as well as the issues raised by anonymity and confidentiality applications and proceedings in camera. During her pupillage, Natasha assisted Diya Sen Gupta QC with several high-profile trials in the Employment Tribunal and in the successful defence of an appeal in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. 

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Commercial

Natasha accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation. 

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Local Government

Natasha is building a strong practice in local government law and has advised a number of local authorities on issues such as local government reorganisation, consultation on governance changes, and other matters.

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Sport

Natasha has worked on several sports law matters encompassing contract law, disciplinary matters, employment, tort law and competition claims.

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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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Data Protection, Freedom of Information & Privacy

Natasha has considerable experience advising on issues relating to data protection, freedom of information and privacy.

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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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