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Natalie teaches and researches criminal law, evidence and procedure and mental health law. Formerly a criminal barrister, she now holds judicial appointments as a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts), a Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Panels (LQC) and a Mental Health Tribunal Judge.

Natalie’s research focuses on the practical implications of developments in legislation and case law. She regularly writes for both peer-reviewed and practitioner journals, edited collections and textbooks and is a contributing editor of Archbold Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice.  She is a member of the Criminal Law Review and Criminal Law Week commentary teams, frequently commenting and providing guidance on developments in the interpretation and application of substantive criminal law, the law of evidence and procedural rules.

Natalie has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally, including to practitioners and expert witnesses. She is regularly invited to lecture at the Judicial College and co-authors the monthly crime e-letter, which is distributed to all criminal judges in England and Wales.

At Northumbria University, Natalie has taught across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and professional programmes. She is also a Grade 1 Advocacy Trainer for the North Eastern Circuit and Gray's Inn.

Natalie is experienced in managerial and programme leadership roles, validation procedures, external examining and the organisation of symposia and conferences. She is an Executive Officer of the Society of Legal Scholars and a former member of the Scientific Committee of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health.

Research interests

Natalie's current research focuses on: forensic expert evidence; the admissibility of evidence in cases of domestic abuse; and mental capacity in the criminal courts.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, MA

1 Sept 200531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 2005


1 Sept 199831 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 1998

Law, PGDip

1 Sept 199731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 1997


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