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Natasha Hausdorff

Call: 2016

 

Overview

Natasha represents a wide variety of domestic and international clients, appearing in the High Court, Crown Court, County and Magistrates’ Courts and Employment and Property Tribunals as an advocate, and advising on regulatory, civil and criminal matters. She accepts instructions in all aspects of Chambers work.

Before coming to the Bar, Natasha qualified as a solicitor in 2015 with the American commercial law firm Skadden, Arps, working on complex international disputes and regulatory matters.

After a law degree at Oxford University and an LL.M. specialising in public international law, Natasha clerked for the President of the Supreme Court of Israel in Jerusalem, acquiring a particular insight into the Court’s application of international law. In 2018, as a Pegasus Scholar, Natasha was a Fellow at Columbia Law School in the National Security Law Program. She frequently lectures around the world on aspects of public international law and national security policy.

Natasha joined Chambers in September 2017 following the successful completion of pupillage with Mark Beard, Gordon Menzies and Simon Taylor.

 

Appointments

Appointed to the AG List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety and Environmental Law (List C).
CPS Level 1 Advocate Panel 2016-2020 (London and South-Eastern Circuits)
Called to the Bar 2016
Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors 2015

 

Education

Jurisprudence BA, Hons, University of Oxford (2012)
Legal Practice Course, BPP (2013)
LLM, Magna Cum Laude, Tel Aviv University (2016)
Bar Transfer Test, BPP (2016)

 

Previous Positions

Fellow in the National Security Law Program, Columbia Law School, New York (Pegasus Scholar, Inns of Court, 2018)
Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel (Middle Temple Young Barristers Association intern award, 2016)
Trainee Solicitor at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager and Flom LLP (London and Brussels 2013-2015)

 

Practice

 

Arbitration and International

Civil Commercial and Chancery

Regulatory and Competition

Planning and Environmental

Licensing and Property

Employment

Personal Injury

Criminal

Contributions and Lectures

 

Arbitration and International

Natasha has a keen interest in international arbitration, recently attending arbitration conferences in Ireland, the UK and Israel. Natasha presented at the Kent Law Society Litigation and Dispute Resolution Annual Conference 2018 on alternative dispute resolution.

Her previous work for international clients includes advising a foreign local authority on a threatened claim in the English Courts, concerning licences of computer software in excess of a million pounds, and advising on education regulation in the UK. She has particular experience addressing conflicts of law and forum non conveniens. As a trainee solicitor Natasha worked on several investment treaty disputes for both governments and investors and several major commercial arbitrations.

Natasha is a member of Arbitration Ireland and the LCIA.

 

Civil, Commercial and Chancery

Natasha has conducted numerous multi-track, fast track and small claims trials. She appears in a wide range of complex civil claims, for Claimants and Defendants, which have included a university, a multi-billion pound drinks company, construction companies and international investors. As a trainee solicitor Natasha gained experience in complex and high value litigation in the commercial court.

She has appeared in the high court, in relation to recognition of a foreign insolvency proceeding under Article 15 of the UNCITRAL Model Law, involving the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. She often deals with ancillary applications, including for Norwich Pharmaceutical Orders and she has experience dealing with appeals at Tribunal under the Freedom of Information Act.

Natasha is experienced in civil applications in the Magistrates’ Courts, including with respect to rights of way under the Highways Act 1980, statutory nuisance and in Police (Property) Act cases for actions concerning the recovery of property seized during the course of investigations.

Natasha advises on a range of civil matters, in particular where there are links to her other practice areas and those involving an international dimension concerning jurisdictional questions. Wherever appropriate and advantageous, Natasha will seek to negotiate a settlement and avoid the costs and uncertainty of litigation.

 

Regulatory and Competition

Over the last two years Natasha has worked as a junior in a team representing a corporate core participant in connection with the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Her defence work in her own right has recently included representing a leading infrastructure company with respect to Water Regulations, a hospitality company with respect to fire safety and health and safety offences, a housing company with respect to fire safety improvement notices and a construction company with respect to nuisance claims.

Natasha has been instructed to advise the HSE and local authorities on regulatory matters. She has also assisted ‘A list’ regulatory counsel on complex advice including with respect to the Reservoirs Act 1975 and guidance for the Food Standards Agency, involving the navigation of EU regulations. She has advised on the application of food safety guidance, the Human Medicine Regulations and with respect to judicial review in this area.

Natasha has advised on the RIPA powers for local authorities. She also conducted research as a Fellow at Columbia Law School in New York into cyber regulation and national security issues, including examining in detail surveillance regulation both in the UK and the US.

Natasha has been involved in successful complaints to the OECD National Contact Point, with respect to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and to the Charities Commission. As a Government Legal Department junior-junior, Natasha was instructed in an extensive disclosure review for HMRC involving Legal Professional Privilege in a large scale fraud matter.

As a trainee solicitor, Natasha spent six months on secondment in Brussels working exclusively in competition law, gaining significant experience in competition clearance and DG Competition investigations.

Natasha is a member of the Association of Health and Safety Lawyers and has been appointed to the C Panel of Attorney General’s List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates.

 

Planning and Environmental

Natasha has acted for a significant number of local authorities with respect to breaches of planning and environmental regulation, including successfully obtaining Confiscation and Compensation Orders under POCA. She regularly prosecutes offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court and has had conduct of the ‘prosecution list’ in the Magistrates’ Court.

Natasha was recently instructed in the High Court in defence of investigatory powers under the Environment Act 1995. She has also assisted with advice concerning the Environment Agency’s duty of care and liability as the statutory body with powers under the Water Resources Act 1991.

Natasha is a regular contributor to Chambers’ Weekly Environmental Law News.

 

Licensing and Property

Natasha is frequently instructed with respect to possession hearings in the property tribunal and has experience of claims for rent arears. She has successfully defended claims in matters concerning the non-payment of non-domestic rates for commercial premises and tribunal determinations under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Natasha also has experience in the Regulation of HMOs and with respect to the Rent Repayment Order regime.

Natasha has prosecuted on behalf of local authorities in respect of trading standards, consumer protection and other licencing offences concerning street trading, pedlars’ licences, non-duty paid tobacco and alcohol, and has defended in taxi and private hire licencing appeals.

Natasha has advised on a variety of licensing matters and served as independent legal advisor to the licensing sub-committee in local authority license review hearings.

 

Employment

Natasha’s employment practice is varied with experience in multi-day contested hearings, representing Claimants and Respondents, in matters involving claims of unfair, wrongful and constructive dismissal, discrimination and breach of contract, and in separate remedy hearings. Natasha is regularly instructed at an early stage in order to settle written submissions and appear at preliminary hearings and is practiced at representing Respondents against an unrepresented Claimant.

Before coming to the bar Natasha was a volunteer at the Free Representation Unit (FRU).

 

Personal Injury

Natasha receives repeat instructions from Claimants and Defendants in a variety of negligence and personal injury claims, including with respect to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Highways Act 1980. She has successfully represented parties in claims arising from accidents at work, in public places and arising from road traffic accidents, and is practiced at navigating expert evidence with respect to these claims. Natasha has undertaken many infant settlement approval hearings and has been instructed on behalf of third parties. Natasha is often instructed to advise on liability and quantum, including with respect to claims in Jersey.

Natasha appeared in a mock-trial for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (East Anglia Branch) concerned with the recovery of damages for an injury sustained at work, providing training for professionals and experts in personal injury.

 

Criminal

Natasha prosecutes and defends and is instructed alone and as a led junior in a wide variety of cases involving drugs, violence, sexual offences, theft, fraud, public order and domestic abuse. Recent cases have included a three month trial in a conspiracy to supply class A drugs, a county lines matter (Woolwich Crown Court), perverting the course of justice (Woolwich Crown Court), and a series of harassment cases (Canterbury Crown Court) where she successfully advanced a defence based on Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Natasha has often been instructed in appeals, including by way of case stated to the High Court. She also defends in a full range of motoring offences.

Natasha works frequently for the police dealing with DVPOs, SOPOs and SROs. She has also been instructed by the Police and Local Authorities in relation to the Dangerous Dogs Act, CBOs, other anti-social behaviour matters and in relation to POCA proceedings. Natasha has recently also dealt with a number of cases involving complexities of criminal disclosure into the family courts and has developed a detailed understanding of the challenges faced by public authorities, especially with respect to historic cases.

Natasha was recently instructed to draft amicus submissions to the International Criminal Court Pre-Trial Chamber concerning the scope of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in relation to the Prosecutor’s request, under article 19(3) of the Rome Statute, ICC-01/18-12, permission having been given by the Court in February 2020.

Natasha is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and the South Eastern Circuit.

 

Contributions and Lectures

Natasha lectures frequently on international law, foreign affairs and national security policy.

She has addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Agenda items 7 and 8 and contributed to expert side events at the UNHRC, including on the proposed UN Blacklist A/HRC/22/63, hosted by NGO Monitor.

Natasha has spoken on international law at the Finnish Parliament in Helsinki, the Czech Parliament in Prague and multiple times in the UK Houses of Parliament, most recently giving a briefing in the House of Lords on the UN Commission of Inquiry Report A/HRC/40/74 and speaking in the House of Commons on the law of armed conflict.

Natasha has addressed international conferences, including the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, the International Legal Forum Conference in Jerusalem and The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation Conference in Prague. She speaks regularly at universities, including at Oxford, UCL, Warwick University, Columbia Law School and at Cardozo Law School, at the invitation of university societies and the Louis Brandeis Centre for Human Rights under Law. Natasha has separately been invited to address audiences in Washington DC (the Lawfare Project), New York (NYJCRC), Geneva (UN Watch), The Hague (THINC), Glasgow (GFI), Dublin (IIA), Manchester (UKLFI) and Helsinki (ICEJ Finland) on a variety of topics on international law.

Selected recordings:
Intelligence Squared Debate 2018
UN Human Rights Council 2019 Article 6
UN Human Rights Council 2019 Article 8
Contemporary Holocaust Denial 2020

UK Government Proscription of Terror Organisations 25 February 2019 Conservative Home, Home Secretary’s proscription.
‘The Hague Statement’ The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation, 2017.

 

Memberships

2020 LCIA
2019 Arbitration Ireland
2019 Association of Health and Safety Lawyers
2016 UK Environmental Law Association
2015 Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
2014 Association of Women Barristers
2011 Middle Temple

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