Natalie Csengeri

 

NATALIE CSENGERI

 

Call Date: 2011

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Natalie specialises in criminal defence and complementary practice areas, having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2011 and having successfully completed her pupillage under the supervision of Claire Davies.

Natalie combines a fearless approach to representation with both professionalism and warmth.

She practises in a wide variety of criminal matters, from the Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court to the Crown Court. Natalie is particularly adept at representing vulnerable defendants, particularly youths and clients with mental health problems. She also has a strong interest in matters which involve police powers and human rights.

Natalie brings an unabashedly political approach to her work, and spends much of her free time on activist projects as the Vice Chair of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, the Founder of the Haldane Feminist Lawyers, and as a keen legal observer who also trains volunteers on protest law.

Natalie is also instructed in extradition proceedings and applications involving the police (such as defending in cash seizure applications, applying to amend police bail conditions, and defending football banning orders).

Natalie is also acting as a junior in the upcoming judicial review of Southampton University’s restriction on academic freedom in the case of R (Ben Dor) v University of Southampton.

BACKGROUND

Natalie is originally from California and studied Political Science at University of California, Santa Barbara. After moving to the UK, she successfully completed her GDL and BPTC, and went on to achieve a Distinction on her LLM in Labour Law at King’s College London.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Natalie worked as an outdoor clerk at Hickman & Rose Solicitors, as a police station representative and legal advisor at Lloyds PR Solicitors, and as a housing and homelessness caseworker at Brixton Advice Centre.

Natalie has also worked on a large number of pro bono matters, including assisting on the blacklisting case of Smith v Carillion (JM) Ltd, acting as a Free Representation Unit representative in employment law, founding the City Law School Human Rights Group and the City Liberty Letters Clinic, assisting Scope in the first shadow legal monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, volunteering with  Streetlaw, and Interights.

During her LLM, she also represented King’s College at the Vis Moot, an international commercial arbitration moot in Vienna, and her team progressed to the finals.

RECENT CASES

R v H (Southwark Crown Court): Defended at trial a client charged with possession of a bladed article; the jury acquitted the defendant in 20 minutes.

R v N (Aylesbury Crown Court): Represented the client for sentence following an earlier plea of guilty for perverting the course of justice; although the relevant guidance states that sentences of imprisonment for this offence should not normally be suspended, the Judge exceptionally suspended the term of imprisonment in this case.

R v A (Tottenham Magistrates’ Court): Successfully convinced the Court to exclude all Prosecution evidence by way of a section 78 argument (following the Crown’s refusal to offer no evidence), after it emerged- mid-trial- that there had been serious failings by the state in relation to their disclosure duties; both assault by beating charges were therefore dismissed by the Court.

R v G (Croydon Magistrates’ Court): Secured acquittal for a client charged with sexual assault.

R v B (Willesden Youth Court): Successful submission of no case to answer following lengthy legal arguments regarding the nature of handling stolen goods offences, where she successfully argued that the Crown had charged this youth with the incorrect permutation of the offence.

R v B (Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court): Secured acquittal for a client charged with failing to give information after a request to do so, contrary to section 172 of the Road Traffic Act.

R v K (Ealing Youth Court): defended in a 2-day section 18 GBH trial with significant aggravating features.

R v A (Reading Magistrates’ Court): successfully convinced the Crown and the Court with accompanying caselaw that this trial for a charge of criminal damage was inappropriate, given that the matter was in essence a civil wrong.

A & B v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court)- Successful application for parents under investigation for conspiracy to commit GBH; the police bail condition which required them to be with their infant only whilst under supervision was removed, thereby enabling the mother to return to the family home.

R v S (Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court): Defended in a 2-day trial where the defendant faced a charge of resisting a police officer and a charge assaulting a police officer; the Court found that the assaulted officer’s account was inconsistent and that the officer’s injuries were in fact more consistent with his role in restraining the defendant.

EDUCATION

King’s College London, LLM in Labour Law
City University Law School, BPTC
BPP Law School, GDL and LLB Upgrade
University of California, Santa Barbara (with one year of this degree studied abroad at Queen Mary, University of London), BA in Political Science

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

KCL Pro Bono Award
Sibel Dedezade Pro Bono Award
Inner Temple Scholarship Exhibition Prize
Jeanie Anderson Memorial EAP Scholarship

MEMBERSHIPS

Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Vice Chair
Haldane Feminist Lawyers, Founder
Criminal Bar Association
Inner Temple

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