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Natalie Matthews

Solicitor

Biography

Natalie is a Solicitor in the Trusts and Estates team, specialising in Court of Protection work.

Natalie advises elderly and vulnerable clients under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Her expertise lays in advising clients in respect of deprivation of liberty in hospital and care home settings, as well as complex disputes about capacity and best interests under section 16 of the 2005 Act.

Prior to joining Ashfords, Natalie worked as a solicitor within the NHS in Wales, where she represented Health Boards across Wales during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this role, she dealt with a range of complex Court of Protection matters, including one of the first COVID-19 vaccine disputes cases dealt with in the High Court.

Natalie is becoming an expert in her field. She is currently studying for a Masters degree in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice at Cardiff University. She is praised for her ability to build meaningful client relationships, whilst remaining professional at all times.

Relevant experience

  • Private client: acting for a Health Board in Wales in one of the first COVID-19 vaccine dispute cases in the High Court.
  • Private client: acting for a Health Board in Wales under section 16 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in respect of whether a patient should be treated for diabetes against P’s wishes.
  • Private client: acting for a Health Board in Wales in a section 21A application where both husband and wife were placed in the same care home, but objecting to their deprivation of liberty.
  • Private client: making an application to the Court of Protection for the lawful discharge of a patient from hospital to a care home.
  • Private client: advising a Health Board on the procedure to be followed for a lawful amputation of a patient’s septic leg.