Natasha Jackson

Profile

Natasha joined Chambers in October 2016, after completing pupillage at 3 Hare Court. She has a public, commercial and civil law practice, with a focus on international and cross-border work.

Public Inquiries and Inquests

Natasha is currently acting as Assistant to the Inspector, Sir George Newman, in the Iraq Fatality Investigations. IFI was established in response to the Divisional Court’s decision in R (Ali Mousa and others) v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWHC 1412 (Admin), to discharge the state’s obligations under Article 2. She is presently instructed on the Investigation into the death of Saeed Radhi Shabram Wawi Al-Bazooni, which concerns the death by drowning of an Iraqi boy in the Shatt al-Arab Canal near Basra in May 2003.

Natasha’s inquest practice builds on her experience in jurisdiction and travel law, in particular relating to fatal incidents overseas. She recently advised families of those killed in the Tunisian terrorist attacks.

In her first year of tenancy, Natasha was seconded to a leading solicitors’ firm, working in the team specialising in regulatory and inquest proceedings involving private medical care providers and care homes.

Human Rights, Equality and Discrimination

Natasha accepts instructions in judicial review proceedings and human rights appeals, and regularly appears in the High Court and Immigration Tribunals. Her familiarity with civil procedure gives her a strategic advantage in pursuing challenges that involve public and civil law.

Natasha advises clients on discrimination judicial review and civil claims, including claims under the Equality Act, and has advised on equality challenges under public law and by constitutional motion in Commonwealth jurisdictions. She is developing a practice in Education Law, focused on SEN and disability access in education and claims involving a religious rights dimension.

Before coming to the Bar, Natasha worked as a Legal Intern for the UNDP, assisted a project with the ICTY examining the massacre at Srebrenica, and took up the Richard Sandbrook Fellowship to advise on the RED+ programme at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Switzerland. She also volunteered with Debate Mate, coaching debating as a tool for social mobility in primary and secondary schools in London.

Immigration and Asylum

Natasha’s immigration practice is concentrated on matters with a business dimension. Her experience in company and commercial litigation means she understands the complexities of claims involving a corporate or financial element. She represents clients in a broad range of business immigration matters, including PBS appeals and those involving self-employed financial requirements, and is able to advise on evidence and case preparation strategy.

Natasha has experience in asylum matters under domestic and European refugee law, building on work in the camps and detention centres in Athens, Calais and Dunkirk. She has for the past three years volunteered with RLS Athens, giving legal advice on family reunification and asylum, and will be returning to work in the clinic in Greece in Summer 2019.

Natasha has a broad immigration practice, and accepts instructions in unlawful detention / false imprisonment claims in the High Court, injunctions and appeals. She has appeared in a number of successful appeals under Articles 2, 3 and 8, including TOEIC challenges, and regularly appears in Upper Tribunal appeals and judicial reviews. She represents detained clients pro bono through Bail for Immigration Detainees.

Commerical 

Natasha has a broad commercial practice and is regularly instructed as junior and sole counsel in a range of contractual and company disputes and insolvency matters. Her experience in judicial review means she is well-placed to represent commercial clients on public law and regulatory matters.

Natasha is a regular contributor to the Lexis publication, Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency.

JURISDICTION, CONFLICTS OF LAW AND TRAVEL

Natasha acted as junior counsel in the Supreme Court with Howard Stevens QC and Katherine Deal in Keefe v (1) Mapfre Mutualidad Compania De Seguros Y Reaseguros SA (2) Hoteles Pinero Canarias SL, an appeal concerning the interpretation of the Brussels I Regulations governing jurisdiction in insurance matters.

Natasha is regularly instructed in matters raising jurisdictional and conflict of law issues, particularly in relation to insurance jurisdiction. She is experienced in claims under the Athens and Montreal Conventions and the Package Travel Regulations and regularly represents major tour operators and insurer clients.

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Major Scholarship, Inner Temple
  • BPTC Advocacy Scholarship
  • Geoffrey Nice Foundation Bursary, Inner Temple

PRIZES

  • International Finalist and National Champion, Telders Public International Law Moot Court Competition (2014)
  • Leilo Stampa Prize for Disciplines of History (2013)
  • Quarrel-Read Prize (2013)
  • Simon Pointer Prize for History (2012)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), City Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), City Law School
  • History BA, Exeter College, University of Oxford

MEMBERSHIPS

ALBA, ILPA, BHRA, COMBAR

LANGUAGES

Spanish (including study at the University of Havana) and French (conversational). Natasha is currently learning Arabic.