Natalie Cross

Called 2009

Practice overview

Natalie conducts work in all areas of family law at all court levels.

She is regularly instructed in care proceedings, representing the local authority, parents and children. In addition, Natalie is regularly found representing parents with mental health and learning difficulties. Her experience includes cases involving non-accidental injuries, allegations of sexual abuse, neglect, domestic abuse, and drug and alcohol misuse. Natalie has experience of all stages of hearing, including multi-day contested final hearings, finding of fact hearings and appeals.

Natalie also undertakes a large amount of work in private law children matters, from the first hearing through to contested final hearings. This includes cases involving where a child should live, who and how often the child should spend time with a person, and relocation cases both in the United Kingdom and abroad. She is also instructed to represent clients who require injunctive relief, often at urgent hearings. Natalie has particular experience of being able to represent clients against a litigant in person and be able to secure a settlement favourable to her client by means of her ability to negotiate with the opposition effectively. Natalie prides herself on her ability to deal with clients in very difficult situations.

Natalie is Public Access trained and can accept instructions direct from clients. 

Practice areas

Public law

Private law

Financial remedy

Direct access

Recommendations

“I would like to show my gratitude and appreciation for Natalie for helping me with my son coming to live with me. Throughout the case she was very dedicated, professional, friendly and helpful. I would certainly recommend her to anyone in the future” – client.

"I am pleased Natalie was able to pick up this case on short notice and got brilliant results for my client” – solicitor.

“You have shown great expertise and professionalism in representing me – I just wanted to express my thanks for your work in my case” – client.

“Thank you, thank you, I'm so happy right now, the relief I feel is amazing, please tell Natalie thank you, she really put me at ease” – client.

"Thank you, you did a fine job - I look forward to working with you again in the future” – solicitor.

“Natalie was really professional throughout and I felt she was pro-active. She listened to me and then advised well. I felt ‘safe’ with Natalie – she was great and I liked working with her” – social worker client. 

Recent cases

Successfully opposed an adoption plan in her representation of the mother, despite the plan being led by the local authority and supported by the children’s guardian. 

Represented a mother in care proceedings where the child was in a community placement. The mother sought for the court to make no order, whereas both the local authority and children’s guardian sought a care order. Following Natalie’s careful cross-examination of both the social worker and children’s guardian, the court made no order.

Helped ensure that a mother in care proceedings, where it was alleged she had inflicted injuries on her son, had no findings made against her by the court.  

Appeared for a father in the Royal Courts of Justice opposing an application by the mother to take the child on holiday abroad. The court considered that there was a risk the child would not be returned, led by Natalie’s cross-examination, and refused the application for removal.

Represented a father in public law proceedings where serious allegations of violence had been made. She was successful in ensuring no findings were made against him and the children were returned to his care. 

Professional background

LLB Hons Degree Law: First Class – University of Derby 2008

Bar Vocational Course: Very Competent – College of Law 2009

Inner Temple: Major Scholarship and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award 2009

Alongside her practice, Natalie leads the Child Protection Module at the University of Derby in her role as Associate Lecturer. She also undertakes cases on behalf of the Bar Pro Bono Unit. Natalie has recently been appointed as a regular contributor to a legal blog, focusing on family law issues to assist members of the public.

Prior to the Bar, Natalie worked as a specialist family law paralegal and was appointed as a Special Constable with West Midlands Police Force. 

 

“Throughout the case she was very dedicated, professional, friendly and helpful.”