Pump Court

Natalie Bird

Call 2015
Appointments
  • CPS Panel Advocate Level 2
  • SFO Panel C Advocate (2021-2024)
Memberships
  • JUSTICE
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Women in Criminal Law
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
Education
  • Ann Goddard Pupillage Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), City Law School
  • Denise Pannick BPTC Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
  • Gray’s Inn Residential Scholarship
  • MA Law (Cantab)
Qualifications
  • Ann Goddard Pupillage Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2017)
  • Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School, graded Outstanding (2014-2015)
  • Denise Pannick BPTC Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2014)
  • Gray’s Inn Residential Scholarship (2014)
  • MA Law (Cantab) (2011-2014)

Instructing Natalie Bird

To instruct Natalie or for any further information please contact our clerks.

John Grimmer

Clerk: John Grimmer
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Natalie Bird prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court, Youth Court, and Magistrates’ Court on a wide range of criminal matters, including trial advocacy, sentences, and confiscation proceedings. She acted as disclosure counsel to the Crown in the high-profile CCRC reference of Peter Tredget, in which the Crown successfully resisted an appeal against conviction regarding 12 counts of manslaughter through numerous arsons dating back to the 1970s.

Natalie has a particular interest in fraud and economic crime which has been developing since her pre-pupillage year as a paralegal within Norton Rose Fulbright’s white collar crime team. Since gaining tenancy with 2 Bedford Row in March 2018, Natalie has assisted with investigations led by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, and The Pensions Regulator. She is also on the SFO’s C Panel of Counsel and is a Committee Member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.

In addition to her criminal practice, Natalie regularly appears for healthcare regulators and regulated professionals in fitness to practise proceedings. Her experience in this field stems from her 8-month post-pupillage secondment with the Association of Optometrists in 2018, during which she managed a large number of cases and drafted representations to Case Examiners. Ever since, Natalie has case-presented as well as defended in a vast array of regulatory proceedings, including interim order hearings (including applications to the High Court to extend the order), substantive hearings, review hearings, and restoration hearings.

Practice Areas

Prosecution

Natalie is a CPS Level 2 Prosecutor, prosecuting in the Crown Court, Youth Court, and Magistrates’ Court in trial and POCA proceedings. Off-panel, Natalie successfully prosecuted a wounding with intent jury trial in January 2022.

In 2020-late 2021, Natalie acted as Disclosure Counsel to the Crown in the high profile CCRC reference of Peter Tredget, in which the Crown successfully resisted an appeal against conviction regarding 12 counts of manslaughter through numerous arsons dating back to the 1970s. For more information please click here: https://www.2bedfordrow.co.uk/natalie-bird-acted-as-disclosure-counsel-for-the-crown-in-the-recent-court-of-appeal-case-of-r-v-tredget-2022-ewca-crim-108%e2%80%8b/

Natalie is also on the SFO’s C Panel and has a particular interest in fraud and economic crime, having completed secondments with the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority, assisting with and advising on investigations into banks and insurance companies. In 2021 she was instructed by the CPS and HMRC in a VAT and Corporation Tax evasion case involving losses totalling nearly £400,000 – following her comprehensive review of hundreds of pages of evidence and financial reporting, Natalie drafted an Indictment to which the Defendant pleaded Guilty in full.

Defence

Natalie regularly defends in the Crown Court, Youth Court, and Magistrates’ Court, including trial advocacy, sentences, and confiscation proceedings.

A few months after successfully completing her pupillage with 2 Bedford Row, Natalie was led by former Head of Chambers Bill Clegg QC in a two-week trial regarding domestic violence and controlling and coercive behaviour, resulting in the client being acquitted of all charges. Since then, Natalie has represented many Defendants at trial in the Crown Court in her own right – please see the list below for some examples. She has a particular interest in fraud and economic crime, and is building a practice within the field of health & safety.

Natalie welcomes all manner of instructions through solicitors as well as directly from lay clients. For example, Natalie has provided a lay client with direct access advice regarding potential bribery whistleblowing, and she has secured an acquittal for a working mother accused of keying her neighbours’ cars.

Notable Cases

  • R v J (2022): Client acquitted of assaulting an emergency worker (a plain-clothes police officer).
  • R v J (2022): Persuaded the Judge to sentence by way of the time the client had already served in prison, following Guilty pleas to supplying Class A drugs – he was released later that day.
  • R v M (2022): Youth Court acquittal for a 17-year-old boy with severe learning disabilities who had been accused of sexual assault of a child under 13 and inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity. For more information, please click here: https://www.2bedfordrow.co.uk/youth-court-sexual-offences-acquittal/
  • R v H (2021: Secured a suspended sentence for a man who had pleaded Guilty to perverting the course of justice having falsely accused another man of robbery.
  • R v M (2021): Represented a lady accused of ABH and criminal damage against her ex-partner – the jury acquitted her of the more serious charge of ABH and she was given a conditional discharge for the damage.
  • R v D (2021): Secured a suspended sentence following a Goodyear indication for a man accused of supplying Class A drugs.
  • R v T (2020): Client avoided prison having pleaded Guilty to stealing nearly £9,000 worth of goods from his employer.
  • R v C (2020): Sexual assault charges against a driving instructor dropped following successful representations to the CPS.
  • R v N (2020): Client charged with wounding with intent released on bail after successfully opposing the Crown’s application to extend the Custody Time Limits.
  • R v F (2020): Persuaded Judge to impose a Community Order rather than prison for a lady who had pleaded Guilty to possessing an identity document with a dishonest intention.
  • R v M (2019): Secured an acquittal for a direct access client who had been caught on CCTV allegedly keying her neighbours’ cars.
  • R v L (2019): High-profile client sentenced to a suspended sentence for dangerous driving involving the flipping of a car.
  • R v W (2019): Military veteran client given a conditional discharge having admitted purchasing a disguised firearm.
  • R v R (2019): Client was acquitted by the jury of robbery despite the complainant claiming to have recognised her, and despite the stolen bag containing fingerprints belonging to R and R’s partner.
  • R v R (2019): Client was acquitted by the jury of the most serious of three counts of theft despite the jury seeing text messages purportedly from the client explicitly contradicting his defence.
  • R v S (2018): Led by Bill Clegg QC in a two-week trial regarding domestic violence and controlling and coercive behaviour, resulting in the client being acquitted of all charges.
  • R v T (2018): Acquittal of a man accused of domestic violence following a successful application to adduce the complainant’s bad character (not relating to a conviction). The client’s c.£4,000 worth of outstanding Court fines were then written off due to the time he had spent in custody.
  • R v J (2017): Persuaded the Magistrates to find exceptional hardship, saving J from a 6-month totting ban which would have terminated his employment as a Class 1 HGV driver and forced him to sell his family’s home.
  • R v H (2017): Following legal argument about disclosure failings, the Prosecution were compelled to drop an allegation of assault against a 50-year-old man with no previous convictions.
  • R v B (2017): Acquittal of an ex-police officer accused of a public order offence involving threats of violence against a ticket operator at a train station, despite CCTV footage and the independent eye-witness account of a university professor.
  • N v H (2017): Claimant was persuaded to drop their County Court application to commit H to prison for breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction, on the basis of a written skeleton argument applying to strike out their case.
Professional Discipline

Natalie regularly appears for healthcare regulators and regulated professionals in fitness to practise proceedings. Her experience in this field stems from her 8-month post-pupillage secondment with the Association of Optometrists in 2018, during which she managed a large number of cases and drafted representations to Case Examiners.

 

Ever since, Natalie has case-presented as well as defended in a vast array of regulatory proceedings, including interim order hearings (including applications to the High Court to extend the order), substantive hearings, review hearings, and restoration hearings.

Notable professional discipline cases


GOC v Z (2022)

Secured a short suspension (which was not extended at its conclusion) for a student optometrist who had admitted to posting a series of discriminatory Tweets.


GDC v H (2021)

Successfully opposed a former dentist’s application to be restored to the GDC Register, five years after he had been erased for dishonesty


GDC v D (2021)

Five-day substantive hearing involving contested expert evidence regarding a wide array of clinical allegations, all of which were found proven along with impaired fitness to practise.


GOC v P (2021):

Persuaded the Committee to find that an optometrist’s fitness to practise was not impaired, despite his admission of dishonesty having falsely denied slashing the tyres of a car which (unbeknownst to him at the time) belonged to his Practice Manager.


GOC v S (2020)

Successful Rule 16 application resulting in No Further Action being taken following an initial referral by the Case Examiners to the Fitness to Practise Committee for a substantive hearing.


GOC v C (2019)

All charges dropped after successful opposition of the GOC’s application to amend the charges and/or recall the complainant who, during cross-examination, had demonstrated confusion as to what symptoms they had allegedly reported during their eye examination with my client.


GOC v S (2019)

Conditions of practice order revoked, leading up to the substantive hearing relating to an investigation of dishonesty.


NHS England v C (2018)

Client’s conditions of practice were removed following a substantive finding by the GOC of sexual impropriety with a patient.


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