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Natalie Wortley

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Natalie was called to the Bar in 1999 and practised as a barrister for over 10 years, specialising in criminal cases. She was awarded the Bar Council Certificate of Merit and is a former Inns of Court Pegasus Scholar. She was appointed as a Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Panels in 2016 and became a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) in 2017.

Natalie is also Associate Professor of Law, teaching Criminal Law, Evidence and Advocacy. In addition to being qualified to teach Advocacy to students, Natalie is a Grade 1 Trainer (a ‘trainer of trainers’) for the North Eastern Circuit, where she regularly trains pupil barristers and new practitioners.

Natalie’s research focusses on vulnerable suspects and defendants, and criminal evidence, and she has published over 30 peer reviewed articles, case notes and book chapters in these areas. She is convenor of the Criminal Justice Section of the Society of Legal Scholars, a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health and was Case Note Editor for the Journal of Criminal Law (2014-2017).

Campus Address

Room 317B, City Campus East
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Proceeding in absence: the “default position” in magistrates’ courts? R v Rathor [2018] EWHC 3278, Wortley, N. 1 Apr 2019, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Comment on Guidance on the Preparation, Admission and Examination of Expert Evidence, Wortley, N., Ward, T. 18 Mar 2019, In: Criminal Law Week
  • Comment: NK v Germany (2019) 68 EHRR 9, Wortley, N. 6 Mar 2019, In: Criminal Law Week
  • Comment: R. (Monica) v DPP (Boyling, interested party) [2018] EWHC 3508 (Admin), Wortley, N., McCartney, C. 30 Jan 2019, In: Criminal Law Week
  • Comment: R. (Rathor) v Southampton Magistrates' Court [2018] EWHC 3278 (Admin), Wortley, N. 16 Jan 2019, In: Criminal Law Week
  • Comment: R v Welland [2018] EWCA Crim 2036, Wortley, N. 31 Oct 2018, In: Criminal Law Week
  • Randell v DPP: Comment, Wortley, N. 23 May 2018
  • English Legal System [3rd edition], Wilson, S., Rutherford, H., Storey, T., Wortley, N. 28 Apr 2018
  • Under the Covers: Covert Policing and Intimate Relationships, McCartney, C., Wortley, N. 1 Feb 2018, In: Criminal Law Review
  • Merely naughty or seriously wrong? ‘Childish sexual experimentation’ and the presumption of doli incapax, Wortley, N. Oct 2017, In: The Journal of Criminal Law

Qualifications

  • Law MA September 01 2005
  • Law BPTC September 01 1998
  • Law PGDip September 01 1997
  • Ordinary Member Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) 2008


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