Background

Natasha is a courageous and experienced advocate practicing in the areas of commercial and public law.

Natasha’s commercial practice is focussed on corporate and contractual disputes and claims in equity. As a solicitor she developed her commercial litigation expertise at Cridlands Lawyers (now Bartier Perry), working on disputes involving contracts, corporations law, equity and intellectual property.

Natasha’s public law practice encompasses constitutional and administrative law, including compulsory acquisition, professional discipline, migration, commissions of inquiry and discrimination. As a solicitor she developed her public law expertise as in-house Counsel for the NSW Information and Privacy Commission, and as solicitor with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Early in her career, Natasha worked as a solicitor on the administrative law and land access aspects of mining and infrastructure projects in the Pilbara region of WA, with companies such as Rio Tinto and Robe River Iron.

In 2014, Natasha was a member of the NSW Bar Association Human Rights Committee.



Focus Areas + Select Cases

Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Parramatta v Lowy, led by N Kidd SC, for the first defendant. Claim for damages, equitable compensation, constructive trust for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, bribery and fraud. Settled prior to hearing.

Hamilton v Hamilton [2016] NSWSC (expedition list), unled, for the second defendant and cross-claimant. Contract and equity claim in partnership, proprietary estoppel, constructive trust. Settled in favour of client following commencement of cross-examination of plaintiff.

McBride v Christie’s Australia Pty Ltd [2014] NSWSC 1729, led by E Muston SC, for Christie’s. Multi-party contract, consumer and equity dispute relating to an Albert Tucker painting found by the Court to be fake.

Highhope Holdings Pty Ltd v Heuston (2014) 291 FLR 150, unled, for the applicant. Successful defence of an application to set aside a bankruptcy summons for examination under s.81 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth) on the ground that it was issued for an improper purpose.

Department of Social Services v Cassaniti (2013) NSWDC, unled, for the Department. Successful ex parte interlocutory application for freezing orders.

Commissioner of Fair Trading, Office of Finance and Services, NSW Fair Trading v Kassem [2015] NSWCATAP 173, unled, for the Commissioner. Successful appeal against decision of the Tribunal in relation to the construction of transitional provisions. Natasha persuaded the Appeal Panel that a patent error in drafting should be corrected by “reading in” additional words.

Singh v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] FCCA 2998, unled, for the Minister. Successful resistance of application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel student visa.

Waterhouse v Independent Commission Against Corruption (No 3) [2015] NSWSC 261, led by N Beaumont SC, for ICAC. Successful defence of an application for judicial review turning on the question of whether the ICAC was bound to afford procedural fairness to the applicant.

Operation Cavill (2014), led by P Griffin SC, for a person of interest. ICAC investigation into alleged corruption involving the Mayor of the City of Ryde Council and others, in particular the interpretation and application of the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981(NSW).

Esposito v Commonwealth of Australia [2013] FCA 1039, led by E Muston SC for the Office of the Environment and Heritage (NSW). Successful defence of application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision and alleged breach of the Constitution s.51(xxxi).

Michail v Mount Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre Inc. [2015] NSWCA 396, unled, for the respondent defendant. Successful resistance of appeal from District Court decision to strike out pleadings.

Commissioner of Fair Trading, Office of Finance and Services, NSW Fair Trading v Kassem [2015] NSWCATAP 173, unled, for the Commissioner. Successful appeal against decision of the Tribunal in relation to the construction of transitional provisions. Natasha persuaded the Appeal Panel that a patent error in drafting should be corrected by “reading in” additional words.

Colquhoun v Health Care Complaints Commission [2015] NSWSC 387, led by P Griffin SC, for the Commission. Successful resistance of an appeal from decision of HCCC turning on questions of procedural fairness and characterisation.

Maxwell-Smith v S & E Hall Pty Ltd (2014) 86 NSWLR 481 led by N Beaumont SC (for the successful second respondent). Successful resistance of an appeal from District Court decision dismissing appellant’s claim of collateral abuse of process.

Taru Ali v R (2013) 281 FLR 257, led by W Abraham QC (for the Commonwealth DPP). Successful resistance of an appeal from conviction by Supreme Court for people-smuggling, turning on the statutory construction of the offence.


Notable Cases

McBride v Christie’s Australia Pty Ltd [2014] NSWSC 1729.

Taru Ali v R (2013) 281 FLR 257.

Waterhouse v Independent Commission Against Corruption (No 3) [2015] NSWSC 261.

Highhope Holdings Pty Ltd v Heuston (2014) 291 FLR 150.

Maxwell-Smith v S & E Hall Pty Ltd (2014) 86 NSWLR 481.



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