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.
CS (Finding of Fact)  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.
“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.”
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.