Natalie joined Swain & Co Solicitors in October 2009 as a legal assistant in the Prison & Public law department at our Havant office, directly assisting Jemma Atkinson and Sarah Blake.
Natalie has A levels in Law, Business Studies and Psychology and is also a Graduate member of CILEX and is due to apply for her Fellowship later this year.
Natalie works closely with Jemma and Sarah in assisting in the running of their caseload and therefore is directly involved in numerous paroles, appeals and judicial review cases evolving her skills as a trainee lawyer. Natalie is keen to progress within these fields and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and expertise in the future.
Natalie enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her spare time as well as travelling.
What Natalie's clients say:
To Mrs Natalie Shotter,
I would like to Say a 'BIG' thank you for all of your help in my recent 'potential Judicial Review Matter'.
I am especially grateful for the manner in which you reassured me from the point of first prison visit. Your punctuality didn't go unnoticed, right up till the successful outcome.
Your diligent performance has been most comforting and helpful and I would continue to recommend inmates to your firm.
Thank you Natalie.
Natalie's recent success cases:
Natalie Shotter of Swain & Co Solicitors represented her client at his recall oral hearing.
The client had been recalled for a further offence and for failure to comply with his licence conditions and SOPO.
Going into the hearing there was no recommendation for re-release and all witness were recommending TSP, they were all of agreement that this was essential risk reduction work that needed to be completed in custody.
Prior to going into the hearing Natalie Shotter investigated the availability of the TSP in both custody and in the community.
During the hearing the argument was placed that it was likely to take in the region of 12-18 months for the client to gain access to this course in custody whereas on release he could commence this within a couple of weeks. Therefore the client would effectively be treading water whilst awaiting access to this course.
It was further argued that the risk the Offender Manager and Offender Supervisor were concerned about was more of the risk to the client himself in that he would be again be recalled however they were not concerned about his risk to the Public. Natalie Shotter reminded all witnesses of the release test of the panel which of course is “whether their risk to the public has been reduced enough to be manageable in the community”
By the end of the hearing all witnesses had changed their recommendation to release with a condition that he completes the TSP in the community.
The Parole Board agreed with these recommendations and release was granted.