Natalie has a split practice of civil and family law, dealing with a large amount of Local Authority work, particularly in relation to Local Authority duties and powers concerning children, vulnerable adults, and community care. She regularly undertakes applications to the Court of Protection in respect of adults lacking capacity and applications for authorisations in Deprivation of Liberty cases.
She also specialises in matrimonial finance and has been consistently sought after and praised for her expertise in complex, high net worth money cases, including those involving trusts, family companies, pensions, agricultural and farming enterprises and third party interests.
She has acted for both Local Authorities and private parties in significant and at times, lengthy and high-profile inquests and inquiries - most notably acting as junior counsel on behalf of the bereaved families in the Port Talbot Steelworks explosion inquest in 2005 and also acting as junior counsel instructed by the Welsh Government in an independent review inquiry in 2006. In 2015 she represented a Welsh Local Authority at an inquest concerning a child’s death in foster care.
In her civil practice, Natalie specialises in Local Authority duties to children, young adults and vulnerable adults, undertaking judicial review and child abuse compensation work. She also specialises in trusts law and cohabitee disputes, including applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. She also has a particular interest in civil costs, and is often instructed in detailed assessment and discrete costs hearings.
Notable and Reported cases
Family & Child Care
- Re W-M (Children)  EWCA Civ 1105; remitting welfare stage of proceedings to be determined afresh in County Court.
- Re A (A child)  EWCA Civ 650: revision of care plan.
'Thorough, pragmatic and highly effective. Natalie's attention to detail and preperation before hearings mean that she is always thoroughly prepared. She really knows her stuff. She is thorough and a safe pair of hands.' (Chambers, 2018)
'Recommended for matrimonial finance cases.' (Legal 500, 2017)
Experienced junior who is particularly well known for taking on high net worth financial remedy cases. She also handles local authority care work, with notable expertise in cases involving the Court of Protection and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Strengths: "She has extensive knowledge and a high-level understanding of business and complex pensions. Clients like that she hits the ground running." "A tenacious advocate." (Chambers UK 2017)
She has excellent judgement and is extremely good with clients.’ (Legal 500 2016)
- Highly regarded practitioner in family matters consistently noted for her work in high net worth financial remedy cases. Also acts for local authorities and private parties in cases involving children and vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection.' "A tenacious advocate with gravitas and authority." "First-class - she's incredibly bright and a great advocate." (Chambers UK 2016)
- 'She handles financial remedy cases arising from matrimonial disputes and conflicts between cohabitees' (Legal 500, 2015)
- 'Practises across the full spectrum of family law, from children's proceedings to ancillary relief cases. She has a wealth of experience in financial relief matters of high value and considerable complexity." She is extremely thorough, practical and inventive." (Chambers UK 2015)
- "Recommended for care and matrimonial finance work, and Court of Protection applications." (Legal 500, 2014)
- "She offers a great 'sounding' and feedback service, always responding quickly to enquiries." (Chambers UK 2014)
- 'Natalie Sandercock maintains a strong focus on ancillary relief matters and childcare instructions. She is also noted for her experience in the local authority arena'. (Chambers UK 2013)
- 'Natalie Sandercock is a "very able and smart lawyer and advocate." Her forte is in ancillary relief work'. (Chambers UK 2012)
- ‘Natalie Sandercock is praised for her detailed and forensic approach to ancillary relief and is attracting more high net worth cases as her reputation grows’. (Chambers UK 2011)
- Recommended for care and ancillary relief work, (Legal 500, 2010)
- Natalie Sandercock is described as “bright, enthusiastic…”. (Chambers UK 2010)
- Natalie Sandercock is “developing a reputation for top quality ancillary relief work and cohabitee disputes” (Chambers UK 2009)
- Natalie Sandercock is “very clever and working beyond her call”; (Legal 500 2007)
- Deputy District Judge (Civil) (2011)
- Barrister 30 Park Place, 2000 to date.
Education & Qualification
- Degree - Literae Humaniores (Classics) 2:1,Oxford University (1998)
- PG Diploma in Law (C.P.E.), U.W.E., Bristol – Merit (1999)
- Bar Vocational Course. U.W.E., Bristol – Very Competent (2000)
- Middle Temple awards (1998-2000): Benefactors’ Scholarship, Lord Justice Sachs Entrance Exhibition and an Astbury Pupillage award