Natalie O’Connell #

Year of Call: 2021


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Education

University of Manchester, LLB (Hons) (First Class)
BPP Leeds, Barrister Training Course (Outstanding)

Melissa McDermott Scholar (Middle Temple)
BTC Excellence Award (BPP Law School)
Career Commitment Scholar (BPP Law School)
Winner, Rosamund Smith Mooting Competition 2021 (Middle Temple)

Languages:
Polish (Intermediate)


Appointments

Middle Temple
Family Law Bar Association


Natalie joined as a pupil in September 2023, under the supervision of Jonathan Jackson in Chambers’ Family team.

During her first six months, Natalie has observed a range of public and private law Children Act proceedings involving physical, sexual and emotional abuse, substance misuse, neglect, mental health issues, and non-accidental injuries.

Prior to pupillage Natalie worked as a paralegal at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors where she managed her own caseload and assisted with the preparation of cases in the High Court and Court of Protection. Before that, Natalie undertook a fellowship at the human rights organisation JUSTICE. Her report on the treatment of defendants with mental illness and neurodivergent conditions has been published by the charity.

Natalie has a special interest in assisting vulnerable individuals. She was previously employed as a support worker. At university, she volunteered with the Dementia Law Clinic, advising clients on their rights under mental capacity and community care legislation. She has also previously volunteered with Manchester Free Legal Help, providing support to individuals involved in family and civil litigation. Natalie has a client focused approach and prides herself on her ability to quickly build rapport with her clients.

Outside of law, Natalie enjoys running, hiking and Yin Yoga. She loves to travel and went backpacking across South America and Southeast Asia immediately before pupillage.

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