Natalie Wortley specialises in criminal law, procedure and evidence. She undertook pupillage with us in Newcastle in 1999 and joined as a tenant in 2000. After initially pursuing academic interests alongside practice, she left the Bar in 2010 to take up a full time position at Northumbria University. Natalie is now Associate Professor of Law, a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) and a Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Panels.

She is the author of numerous academic and practitioner articles and textbooks, former case note editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and a current member of the commentary board of Criminal Law Week. In addition to organising and presenting at seminars for members of chambers and solicitors, she has delivered conference papers and workshops across the UK and internationally. Natalie remains an academic member of chambers.


Publications & Speaking

  • ‘Conference paper: Reliability as a prerequisite to the admissibility of expert evidence (co-author), Experts, Authority and Law Conference, Hull University, 2009
  • ‘Casenote: R v JTB’ [2009] 73 JCL 305
  • English Legal System: Directions (co-author) (OUP, Oxford 2009)
  • Co-authored response to Law Commission consultation on expert evidence on behalf of the Centre for Criminal and Civil Evidence and Procedure, 2009
  • ‘Intoxication Defences’ in Smith, Murrell & Rook (eds), Conversion Course Companion for Law (Pearson Education Ltd, Harlow 2008)
  • Nutcases: Evidence (co-author) (Sweet & Maxwell, London 2007)
  • ‘Hello Doli… Or is it Goodbye?’ [2007] JMHL 234
  • Co-authored response to Home Office consultation on police powers on behalf of the Centre for Criminal and Civil Evidence and Procedure, 2007
  • ‘“A singularly delicate relationship”: silence and the waiver of legal professional privilege’ (co-author), [2006] 166 The Criminal Lawyer 2
  • Member of panel at Bar Conference plenary session on pro bono work, 2006
  • Drafted the Bar Council Law Reform Committee’s response to the DCA consultation on the delegation of powers by justices’ clerks to non legally qualified staff in magistrates’ courts in England and Wales, 2005

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