Natasha Draycott > Chambers of David Josse KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Josse KC
5 St Andrews Hill
LONDON
EC4V 5BZ
England

Work Department

Natasha practises in extradition & international crime and immigration.

Position

Natasha is a leading extradition barrister who acts for both foreign governments and requested persons.  Natasha is ranked as Band 2 barrister in Chambers and Partners as a leader in the field of extradition at the London Bar.

Natasha is ranked as a Tier 2 leading individual in the Legal 500 in the field of International Crime and Extradition at the London Bar.

Natasha successfully represented Parlinska [2017] in an appeal that set an important precedent for single parents facing extradition. In White [2017] Natasha was instrumental in persuading the Spanish Judicial Authority to withdraw an EAW when an Appellant faced a lengthy sentence for drugs offences.

Natasha deals with a broad spectrum of EAWs. She was led by David Josse QC in India v. Kapoor [2015] a complex Part 2 case involving child abduction and recently represented an Appellant in a triple murder case Albania v Xhelili [2015]She is adept at making arguments relating to prison conditions in a variety of jurisdictions including Lithuania, Romania and Hungary. She represented the successful Appellant in Alekynas & others [2014].  She is also experienced in Habeas Corpus and Judicial Review proceedings Siuda [2014].

Natasha frequently acts for foreign governments. She recently acted for the US Government in relation to a $70m cyber fraud Konovalenko [2014]; for the Swiss Government, a drug importation case [2014]; for the Polish Government, one of the first reported ‘forum’ cases Piotrowicz [2014] and for the Hungarian Government in a lengthy human trafficking case Udvardy [2014].

Here’s what the legal directories say about Natasha:

‘ She is brilliant with clients and commands a great deal of trust from them. She is very good in cases with human rights considerations and is a fantastic advocate. ’

The Legal 500 2022.

“Well liked by clients, she makes the most complex of arguments in a straightforward and comprehensive way. Her advocacy style is relaxed and she is well received by judges at all levels.” “Natasha is a tactically astute lawyer who is very experienced and knowledgeable.”

Chambers and Partners 2021.

“She is fantastic with clients and able to put the most anxious of them at ease.” “A real champion of the underdog,”

“she is the type of counsel that solicitors love working with. Both engaging and responsive, she really works with you on a case. Clients really like her as she is charming, down to earth and tenacious.”

Chambers and Partners 2019.

‘An outstanding barrister and a dream to work with; collaborative, very diligent and clients love her. She is also a charming and compelling advocate who is tremendous on her feet and impresses the bench. Highly intelligent with an incisive mind she has a fantastic ability to win cases which initially don’t appear winnable.’

The Legal 500 2021.

‘ Very diligent and a great court performer. ’

The Legal 500 2020.

‘Very approachable and personal, and able to think outside the box.’

The Legal 500 2019.

She has expertise in cases involving Article 8 and was recently led by Alan Jones QC in the leading authority on Article 8: Celinski & Others [2015].

She was the first to win an appeal involving a fugitive with only a partner in the UK, Sobieraj [2013]. This was followed by the landmark case of Chmura [2013], the first appeal allowed where the Appellant had no family.

Very bright and particularly good at handling clients.”

“She is an excellent advocate who is extremely diligent in her work and has an impressive ability to quickly identify the issues in her cases.”

Chambers and Partners 2018.

“She is very dogged: she doesn’t let go of a point and is very effective either prosecuting or defending.”

Chambers and Partners 2016.

Career

  • Natasha was called to the Bar in 2005.
  • Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel: C Panel.
  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Level 2 advocate.
  • Specialist Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Level 2 advocate: Extradition.

Memberships

Middle Temple.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Natasha Draycott5 St Andrews Hill ‘She has excellent advocacy skills. Her arguments are articulate and precise. Her legal advice in this field is of a high standard and her written arguments are always well drafted.’

5 St Andrews Hill is referred to as ‘extremely strong, especially in extradition‘. Natasha Draycott recently acted for a requested person whose extradition was sought by Australia regarding historic sexual offences. In another extradition case in 2021, Louisa Collins appeared unled in the Administrative Court and successfully overturned an extradition order on behalf of the appellant in the case of Estevez v Court of Mantua, which concerned issues of trials in absentia. Similarly on the defense side, Collins and Ben Keith recently represented the appellants in another extradition case, Tabuncic and Coev v Government of Moldova, the first case in which extradition has been ordered to Moldova under the 2003 Act.