Natalie joined TV Edwards in December 2020 and became a trainee solicitor in September 2021.
Natalie currently supports Monica Kreel in her work in community care and Court of Protection cases. Natalie also has experience of assisting solicitors at TV Edwards in all areas of housing law for legal aid funded and private paying clients.
Before joining TV Edwards, Natalie managed her own caseload as a housing paralegal at a West London law firm and specialised in homelessness matters. Natalie is particularly experienced at assisting clients with challenging gatekeeping practices and adverse decisions made by local authorities in homelessness applications.
Natalie’s interest in access to justice, and particularly legal aid, stems from her time volunteering at Citizens Advice. It demonstrated the importance of achieving quality client care with limited resources, when assisting clients. It was also during this time that she developed her interest in housing matters, as the impact of not having settled accommodation was highlighted across the various issues that she assisted with.
” I was immediately put at ease from the first telephone conversation with Leslie Jaji (Housing) and his assistant Natalie Thorpe….Leslie and Natalie have always been directly available on the phone to discuss any developments which has been an immense benefit and greatly appreciated during a global pandemic”.
Natalie has experience of acting for clients with significant vulnerabilities in urgent matters. In one case, the Council had decided that a client who suffered with various mental health conditions did not have a priority need for housing assistance. As a result, the client was asked to leave the temporary accommodation which the Council had provided her with while they were assessing her application.
The client instructed us the day before the accommodation was due to end. Natalie successfully persuaded the local authority to extend the temporary housing the same day. New medical evidence was provided to the Council during the extension period which led to a new homelessness application being accepted and ended the client’s risk of homelessness. Through Natalie’s efforts, the Council later accepted that the client should continue to be accommodated until suitable settled accommodation was found.