Natasha Jackson > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers
180 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4A 2HG
England

Career

Natasha’s practice focuses on public law, with a particular interest in human rights, education, immigration and cases with an international dimension. She regularly appears in appellate courts and has extensive advocacy, public inquiry and inquest experience. Natasha is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel and teaches Public Law at the London School of Economics.

Natasha acts as counsel to the Iraq Fatality Investigations, an Article 2 inquiry led by Baroness Heather Hallett into civilian deaths in Iraq involving British forces. She has led the counsel team since 2021. In this role, she advises on all matters relating to the substance and procedure of the non-statutory inquiry, including on the requirements of Article 2, issues of disclosure and evidence, ICC and AG prosecution undertakings and anonymity, in addition to matters of International Humanitarian Law as they arise.

Natasha regularly acts in high-profile and complex cases for claimants and defendants, and has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council. She is a skilled commercial advocate and brings this experience to her public law practice.

Some recent cases include:

  • Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse International & Ors (2021): acting on behalf of the Credit Suisse Deal Team in a multi-billion-dollar civil fraud claim in the Commercial Court concerning the enforceability of a state guarantee. This case raises complex issues concerning the privilege against self-incrimination under Article 6 and questions of state immunity.
  • Re Keeping Kids Company [2021] EWHC 175 (Ch): successfully defended Camila Batmanghelidjh, the CEO of the high-profile children’s charity Kids Company, in the 10-week directors disqualification trial arising out of the charity’s collapse.
  • Suraj & Ors v Attorney General of Trinidad & Tobago: acting for the Attorney General in linked appeals relating to the constitutionality of the Coronavirus Regulations 2020 and the scope of the legislative savings provisions contained in the Constitution (to be heard March 2022). 
  • Keefe v (1) Mapfre Mutualidad Compania De Seguros Y Reaseguros SA (2) Hoteles Pinero Canarias SL: Supreme Court appeal concerning the interpretation of the Brussels I Regulations governing jurisdiction in insurance. The case is currently on reference to the CJEU.
  • R (Mendes) v SSHD [2020] EWCA Civ 924: acting for the claimant in this appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the correct test for interim relief from deportation pending the determination of a statutory EEA deportation appeal.

Natasha has a strong international dimension to her work. In addition to regular instructions in the Commonwealth Caribbean and Privy Council, she often advises on a broad range of issues under private international, international humanitarian and human rights law. She is a member of the Geoffrey Nice Foundation working group on the role of international judicial mechanisms in post- conflict society and holds an Inner Temple Pegasus Scholarship to work with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Beirut on transitional justice and engagement (on hold due to Covid).

Natasha is a Governor at The Bridge School, a special needs multi-academy trust in Holloway. Prior to joining the Bar, she worked at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Switzerland and for the United Nations Development Programme.

Languages

Spanish (including study at the University of Havana), French (conversational), Levantine Arabic (conversational)

Memberships

Professional Memberships
Administrative Law and Bar Association (ALBA)
Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
Bar Human Rights Association (BHRA)
Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA)
Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)

Education

Qualifications
Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), City Law School Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), City Law School
History BA, Exeter College, University of Oxford

Academic Scholarships
Leilo Stampa Prize for Disciplines of History (University of Oxford) (2013)
Quarrel-Read Prize for Finals (Exeter College, University of Oxford) (2013)
Simon Pointer Prize for History (Exeter College, University of Oxford) (2012)