Natalie specialises in criminal law and regularly appears in the Crown Court and Youth Court.
Recent feedback from instructing solicitors includes the following:
“I found Ms Turner to be diligent, legally astute and brave”.
“Ms Turner provides outstanding advocacy and client care. She communicates exceedingly well with clients and is able to demonstrate sound legal knowledge in accessible form. Her work portrays a consistent commitment to thorough legal research ensuring that she is always well prepared to represent our clients”.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Natalie worked in a solicitors’ firm, representing children and young people facing criminal proceedings. Through this work, she developed an expertise and interest in youth criminal justice, which she brings to her practice as a barrister. Natalie is particularly adept at representing vulnerable clients and those with complex mental health issues.
Before commencing her legal education, Natalie worked for three years in a leading actors’ agency, representing high-profile actors and managing their careers.
- Bar Professional Training Course (2020) – Outstanding
- Master of Laws (2020) – Distinction
- Graduate LLB (2019) – First class, highest result in the year
- Graduate Diploma in Law (2018) – Distinction, second highest result in the year
Awards and Scholarships
- Lord Diplock Scholarship – Middle Temple
• R v S – Client found Not Guilty (unanimous) of two counts of sexual assault after a five day trial. The client was alleged to have sexually assaulted two 15-year-old girls at a music festival and claimed that he had been mistakenly identified.
• R v P – Client found Not Guilty after trial of production of cannabis. The client was arrested leaving a property in which 168 cannabis plants were found and he later admitted the offence in interview. At trial, the client claimed that he had been asked to tend to the cannabis plants, but that he had refused.
• R v M – Client found Not Guilty of assaulting his ex-partner’s two children, both of whom were under 10 years’ old.
• R v P – Client found Not Guilty of affray in respect of an incident where he was alleged to have drunkenly threatened others with a kitchen knife.
• R v B – Crown offered no evidence in respect of numerous offences including assault occasioning actual bodily harm. This followed a successful legal argument which resulted in the majority of the Crown’s evidence being ruled as inadmissible.
• R v Z – Successful exceptional circumstances argument advanced in respect of a client who pleaded Guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon. Client sentenced to an 8-month suspended sentence order rather than the mandatory minimum 5-year custodial sentence. This case involved the instruction of a firearms expert and detailed analysis of the law relating to antique firearms.
• R v R – Client found Not Guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm by reason of insanity. The client’s trial took place in the Magistrates’ Court (certificate for counsel) and the verdict therefore amounted to a complete acquittal.
• R v C – Successful submission of no case to answer in respect of obstructing a drugs search, following which the client was found Not Guilty of possession of the cannabis found in his pocket.
• R v C – Drug trafficking charges discontinued against youth client following representations that he was a victim of modern slavery.
• R v J – Client charged with threatening another with a bladed article and criminal damage. The Crown offered no evidence following detailed written representations that “confession evidence” given at the scene and in interview would not be admissible at trial and that the prosecution was not in the public interest.
• R v B – Client’s basis of plea that he was the custodian of drugs accepted following successful Newton Hearing.
• R v P – Client found Not Guilty of possession of a bladed article after a trial in which he claimed he had it with him for use in work.
• R v S – Court persuaded to impose a conditional discharge in respect of client’s second bladed article offence.