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Natalie Oakes

Year of call 2021, Middle Temple  

Areas of Expertise


Natalie Oakes practised as solicitor for 13 years before being called to the bar in 2021. Since then Natalie has been undertaking work predominately in public law proceedings.

During her career as a solicitor, Natalie practised primarily in public law children matters acting on behalf of parents and children in private practice. For the remaining 6 years of her career, as a solicitor, Natalie acted on behalf of local authorities in the Greater Manchester area.

Natalie undertakes public law children work and has focused her practice in this area for the past 3 years.



Natalie accepts instructions on behalf of local authorities, parents, children and intervenors in all aspects of public law proceedings from urgent hearings to contested complex multi-day composite final hearings. Natalie undertakes work in adoption proceedings, discharge of care orders proceedings, applications under the Inherent Jurisdiction, wardship and forced marriage protection orders. Natalie prides herself on having a calm, measured and precise approach to her cases whilst also being able to forcefully advocate on behalf of those who instruct her. Natalie has a confident and focused approach and prides herself in her forensic ability to approach each case.

Natalie has undertaken the FLBA vulnerable witness training and is regularly instructed on behalf of vulnerable clients especially those with cognitive deficits and difficulties in giving providing instructions.



Family Law Bar Association


LLB (Hons), Lancaster University
LPC, The College of Law, Birmingham

Prescribed Information

Natalie is a practising mediator and barrister who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Natalie can be found here.

Natalie’s clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she currently provides. Their contact details can be found here.

It is most common for Natalie to undertake Mediation work for a fixed fee. A deferred fee option may be available in suitable cases; please contact Natalie’s clerks for more information.

Where available, Court and Tribunal services are most commonly undertaken for a fixed fee or a brief fee plus additional refresher days. Advisory work, including paperwork and conferences, are most commonly charged at an hourly rate although fixed fees are available.

Where available, Natalie will typically return paperwork within 21 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

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