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NATASHA FITZSIMONS

Year of Call: 2014

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Company Law
Criminal Law
Personal Injury

Biography

Natasha is an experienced criminal practitioner having acted in an array of cases across the Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Crown Court and High Court. In particular, Natasha has experience in a number of social security fraud and Proceeds of Crime Act cases.


Natasha is currently instructed in a number of serious and highly complex Crown Court criminal matters.

In addition, Natasha is also focused on Judicial Review – both Applicant and Respondent based work - having recently been appointed to the GLSNI’s C panel.

Natasha also lectured for a number of years at Ulster University in Company law, Public law and Land law.

Qualifications

2012; Citizenship and Combatting Crime in the European Union Certificate from the Universite de Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, France.

2013; LL.B (Hons) Law with Politics, First Class Honours

2014; Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies with Distinction

2014; Recipient of the Maxwell Scholarship

2014; Participated in the University of Ulster’s Mentoring Scheme

2019 - present: committee member of the Criminal Bar Association.

Experience

R -v- HJ: Dangerous driving causing grievous bodily injury – count left on the books after the Prosecution accepted a guilty plea to careless driving causing grievous bodily injury – exceptional circumstances accepted by the court resulting in the client avoiding an immediate custodial sentence.

R -v- X - Successful application for a reporting restriction - detailed legal submissions grounded in the relevant provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 and related case law.

R -v- IP: Social security fraud - confiscation proceedings pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 - 85% reduction in the recoverable amount after complex legal arguments.

PPS v AF: Multiple charges of social security fraud with attached confiscation proceedings – voluminous bank documents considered – detailed legal argument regarding the definition of income – found not guilty on appeal.

PPS -v- BM: Serious AOABH against a minor – legal arguments regarding the definition of bad character – found not guilty after a contested hearing.

PPS -v- JM: Legal argument regarding the mens rea required for criminal damage – skeleton arguments – found not guilty after contested hearing.