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Natalie Nguyen

Call: 2021

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    Education

    BA (Oxford); MSc (Oxford); GDL (City University); Bar Course (City University)

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    Introduction

    Natalie joined Monckton as a tenant in October 2023, following successful completion of her pupillage. She is developing a busy practice across chambers’ core areas of expertise, including competition law, public law and human rights, and sports law. She acts both led and unled, and has appeared as sole counsel in the County Court on various commercial matters.

    Natalie graduated from the University of Oxford with a First in Ancient and Modern History, and achieved a Distinction in the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar Course at City, University of London (both with Distinction). She was the recipient of Gray’s Inn’s top scholarship for the GDL and the Arden Scholarship, one of the Inn’s most prestigious merit-based scholarships.

    Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Natalie worked part-time as a public law caseworker at Duncan Lewis Solicitors and as a casework intern at the AIRE Centre, assisting with asylum and trafficking claims, EUSS applications and ECHR-related issues. She also acted as a research assistant to Professor Cathryn Costello (Hertie School; University of Oxford) and Paul Dillane (LSE). Before joining Monckton, Natalie worked as a legal assistant in Arnold & Porter’s antitrust department.

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    • Competition and regulatory

      Natalie acts across the breadth of Chambers’ competition litigation work, on behalf of both claimants and defendants, and is instructed in several collective proceedings.

      Cases

      Her current instructions include:

      • Justin Le Patourel v BT: acting for BT in a collective proceedings claim brought on behalf of consumers of residential landline services (with Daniel Beard KC, Sarah Love, Daisy Mackersie, and Allan Cerim).
      • Mark McLaren v MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd and others: acting for the MOL defendants in the maritime car carriers cartel class action (with Mark Hoskins KC, David Bailey, and Michael Quayle).
      • VW v MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd and others: acting for the MOL defendants in a damages claim concerning the maritime car carriers cartel (with Mark Hoskins KC, David Bailey, and Michael Quayle).
      • Justin Gutmann v Apple: acting for the Proposed Class Representative in abuse of dominance collective proceedings on behalf of millions of iPhone users (with Philip Moser KC, Anneli Howard KC, Stefan Kuppen and Will Perry).
      • Advising in relation to several prospective competition law actions (as junior counsel).
    • Administrative & public law and human rights

      Natalie accepts instructions in all areas of public law and human rights.

      Natalie has considerable experience in refugee and immigration law. Prior to coming to the Bar, she worked as a public law caseworker at Duncan Lewis Solicitors and as a volunteer caseworker at the AIRE Centre. She also completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford and acted as a Research Assistant to Professor Cathryn Costello and Paul Dillane on various migration-related projects.

      Cases

      During pupillage, Natalie assisted on a wide range of matters concerning public law and human rights, including:

      • A judicial review challenge to a local authority’s assessment of an asylum seeker’s age.
      • An A2P1 ECHR damages claim in relation to a failure by a local authority to conduct an EHC needs assessment.
      • An interim relief hearing in the context of an age-assessment judicial review challenge.
      • Defending judicial review challenge to the decision-making of the Traffic Penalty Tribunal concerning the scope of its jurisdiction and related public law issues.
      • An Article 8 ECHR damages claim brought against an NHS Trust regarding the treatment of a deceased person’s body.
      • Advising on the merits of a damages claim under the Equality Act and Article 14 ECHR.
      • Advising on employment rights issues in a public law context.
      • Advising on the scope of Citizens’ Rights under the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement.
      • Advising on the interpretation of the Windsor Framework and the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement in relation to customs, duties and taxes.
    • Data protection

      Cases

      During pupillage, Natalie assisted on various data protection and information matters, including:

      • R (the3million and Open Rights Group) v SSHD and SSDCMS: a challenge to the lawfulness of the immigration exemption contained in the Data Protection Act 2018, which provides for an exemption from the majority of fundamental data protection rights conferred by the UK GDPR where compliance with those rights is said to prejudice ‘effective immigration control’.
    • Procurement

      Cases

      During pupillage, Natalie assisted on various data protection and information matters, including:

      • James Waste Management LLP v Essex County Council [2023] EWHC 1157 (TCC): concerning whether an in-term modification to the defendant Council’s Integrated Waste Handling Contract was permissible under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
      • Advising the Secretary of State on the lawfulness of proposed modifications to a public contract.
    • Sport

      Natalie has a keen interest in all areas of sports law.

      Cases

      Current and recent highlights include:

      • EFL v Reading FC and Mr Yongge Dai: acting for the EFL in a case concerning breaches of the EFL Regulations for non-payment of wages to the Club’s players (with Michael Armitage).

      During pupillage, Natalie assisted on various sports matters including  acting for Liverpool FC in relation to a dispute about an FA penalty imposed on Jurgen Klopp and advising  in relation to a prospective claim concerning misconduct under the EFL Regulations.

    • Commercial and Tax

      Natalie accepts instructions in all areas of commercial and tax law. She regularly appears as sole counsel in the County Court in commercial law matters.

      Cases

      During pupillage, Natalie assisted in a range of commercial and tax matters, including:

      • R (British Gas and others) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: assisting with a commercial judicial review challenge against the government’s decision to provide state subsidy for the sale of Bulb to Octopus.
      • Advising on the merits of a challenge to HMRC’s decision that a company’s product should be standard-rated for VAT purposes.
      • Advising in relation to potential VAT fraud.
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      Education

      • Bar Vocational Studies Course, City Law School (Distinction) (2020-2021)
      • Graduate Diploma in Law, City Law School (Distinction) (2019-2020)
      • MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford (Distinction) (2018-2019)
      • BA Ancient and Modern History, University of Oxford (First Class; Top in Year in Preliminary Examinations) (2015-2018)

      Scholarship, Awards & Prizes

      • Arden Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2023)
      • Bar European Group Scholarship (2023)
      • Nicholls Prize for Advocacy, Gray’s Inn (2021)
      • Monique Viner Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2020)
      • BVS City Law School Scholarship for Academic Excellence (2020)
      • David Karmel Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2019)
      • GDL City Law School Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence (2019)
      • W.M. Edwards Prize, Merton College, University of Oxford (2018)
      • Postmaster Scholarship (2017); Exhibitioner Scholarship (2016); Fowler Prizes (various) – Merton College, University of Oxford
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