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Natalia Perrett

Year of call:
2004
Education:
2002
University of Birmingham, LLB (Hons)
2004
Nottingham Law School, BVC (‘Very competent’)
Career:
2004
Pupil at No 6, Leeds
2005
Tenant at No 6
2015
No 6 becomes Park Square Barristers
Memberships:
North Eastern Circuit
Family Law Bar Association
Committee member of the Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association Yorkshire & the Humber

Ranked in Tier 1 for Family and Children Law – The Legal 500 (2019)

Natalia Perrett specialises in private and public children law, and is described by The Legal 500 (2011) as “outstanding, with an ability to be insightful and persuasive in the courtroom” and The Legal 500 (2014) as “extremely able at working with vulnerable clients”.

Public law proceedings

Natalia has extensive experience of representing parents, children and local authorities in complex family law cases, covering issues such as serious non-accidental injury, severe sexual abuse (including historical allegations), parents with mental-health issues and learning disabilities (with and without the assistance of the official solicitor), and injunctions raising human-rights elements.

With regard to her expertise in matters of jurisdiction, Natalia has successfully argued lack of jurisdiction in the High Court concerning a child born in Ireland, and successfully argued for transfer of proceedings under Article 15 BRII to Hungary. The child was subsequently repatriated to Hungary where the mother was residing.

“Experienced across a wide spectrum of children law matters.” – The Legal 500 (2018)

“Recommended for public and private family law matters.” – The Legal 500 (2017)

“She has expertise in private and public children law and Court of Protection matters.” – The Legal 500 (2016)

“She is perceptive, insightful, and highly persuasive in the courtroom.” – The Legal 500 (2015)

Private law – children

Natalia has significant experience of representing clients in complex private family cases, including serious domestic violence, implacable hostility and sexual abuse (on a number of occasions successfully securing judgments of no findings for the alleged perpetrator). She has also successfully represented parents in cases involving removal from the jurisdiction, internal relocation and temporary removal disputes.

Child abduction & forced marriage

Natalia has represented CAFCASS Legal in forced-marriage proceedings in relation to a 13-year-old girl abducted to a non-Hague Convention Country in the midst of civil war. She has regularly represented parties in cases where child abduction is a key concern.

Notable cases

CS (Finding of Fact) [2014] EWFC B171 – The local authority sought findings that the paternal grandmother should remain in the pool of perpetrators where CS (the child) had suffered extensive and multiple injuries at the hands of one of his carers. Successfully argued that the paternal grandmother should be removed from the pool of perpetrators and only limited failure-to-protect findings were made.

Solicitor recommendations

“I finished a 3-day hearing with Natalia yesterday on what was a pretty complex and difficult matter. Natalia was absolutely outstanding: her cross-examination was brilliantly pitched at exactly the right tone, and her closing was insightful and very persuasive. It was very much a matter that could have gone either way, and a big reason as to why it went in our favour was because of Natalia’s advocacy.”

“Mr U has learning difficulties and is a respondent father in care proceedings. Natalia has worked tirelessly and with great tenacity… to ensure that the court took account of Mr U’s right to a fair trial. The quality of Natalia’s skeleton arguments is excellent – pithy and successfully persuasive.”

Lecturing

Natalia lectures on a wide variety of topics relating to family law. If there is a particular area in which she can assist, her clerks will be happy to arrange a lecture.

Contact Natalia’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

“She has expertise in private and public children law and Court of Protection matters.” – The Legal 500 (2016)

Natalia Perrett’s keen interest in this exciting and expanding area of law began with her dissertation in mental-health law (which earned her a first-class mark).

Natalia has recently led a junior member of chambers in a complex matter which involved an examination of the rights and legislative provisions surrounding the safeguarding of vulnerable adults living in children’s homes and residential special schools. This led to the preparation of complex legal submissions within the Re X and Others (Deprivation of Liberty) [2014] EWCOP 25 litigation, in which the President of the Court of Protection, Sir James Munby, provided guidance on the practical and procedural implications for the Court of Protection following the Supreme Court’s decision in Surrey County Council v P [2014] 2 WLR 642.

“Outstanding, with an ability to be insightful and persuasive in the courtroom… Extremely able at working with vulnerable clients.” The Legal 500 (2011 & 2014)

Natalia has acted for clients in mental health review tribunals, including a particularly complex matter concerning the detention of a 36-week pregnant client with an unspecified eating disorder.

Natalia has also appeared for the local authority in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council v GS and Another [2014] EWCOP 46, where Holman J determined that relevant legislative provisions (regulation 17A of the Children’s Homes Regulations and para 3.19 National Minimum Standards for Children’s Homes) did not, in the case of GS, prevent the court from authorising a deprivation of liberty where such deprivation of liberty pursued a legitimate aim and was necessary, proportionate and in GS’ best interests.

She also successfully contested the appointment of a health & welfare deputy, and advised and acted in contested issues concerning the residence of ‘P’ and restriction of contact.

Notable cases

  • Re X and Others (Deprivation of Liberty) [2014] EWCOP 25 – (see above)
  • Re X and Others (Deprivation of Liberty) (No 2) [2014] EWCOP 37 – (see above)
  • Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council v GS and another [2014] EWCOP 46 – (see above).

Lecturing

Natalia lectures on a wide variety of topics relating to the Court of Protection. If there is a particular area in which she can assist, her clerks will be happy to arrange a lecture.

Contact Natalia’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

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