Natalie has over 10 years’ experience as a solicitor and now practices exclusively in wills and estates.
Natalie began her career working at a top-tier firm in Commercial Litigation and Insolvency practice for a number of years, gaining litigation experience from the Magistrate’s Court to the High Court.
Natalie was then then Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Robson at the Supreme Court of Victoria, which included a term in the Court of Appeal.
Natalie was then appointed in the inaugural role of the Lawyer assisting the Trusts, Equity and Probate list of the Supreme Court of Victoria, assisting the Court with proceedings and applications under the Trustee Act 1958, Administration and Probate Act 1958, Wills Act 1997, contested probate proceedings and equitable claims.
That experience was so valuable and enjoyable that Natalie decided to practice exclusively in the area of estate administration and litigation.
Natalie started work with Hicks Oakley Chessell Williams in 2019 and was named in the Doyles Guide as a '2020 Rising Star for Wills, Estates and Succession Planning'. She was one of only 13 Rising Stars selected across Australia for this category.
Natalie is experienced in the following aspects of wills and estates practice:
- Estate and trusts litigation:
- Contested probate proceedings;
- Informal will proceedings (s 9, Wills Act 1997); Natalie was one of the Court-appointed contradictors who successfully defended an application to probate an informal will in the case Re Martin (2019) 59 VR 584;
- Trust disputes; at her previous firm, Natalie was involved in instructing in the successful appeal High Court in Korda v Australian Executor Trustees (SA) Ltd  HCA 6);
- Writ proceedings involving assertion of equitable claims against property;
- Applications for Court-authorised (‘statutory’) wills under the Wills Act 1997;
- Applications for judicial advice under Order 54 of the Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure Rules) 2015;
- Proceedings under Part IV of the Administration and Probate Act 1958 for further provision from an estate, acting for plaintiffs and defendants;
- Approvals of compromise where a litigant / claimant is under a disability;
- Disputes in the Guardianship List at VCAT, including claims for compensation from enduring power of attorneys who have breached their duties;
- Natalie has been appointment by the Supreme Court as a contradictor (to defend proceedings where interested parties do not wish to contest proceedings) in several proceedings.
- Applications for grants of administration, including applications for limited grants ad colligendum bona, ad litem and pendente lite;
- Estate administration, including in complex matters. Natalie has accepted over 10 appointments as an independent administrator, limited administrator or Court-appointed contradictor.
Natalie has two small children to keep her busy outside of work. Although far from being expert, Natalie practices yoga when possible to keep energetic and bring a fresh mind to the rigours of an enjoyable and challenging practice.
- Master of Laws (JD)
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
- Post Graduate Diploma Legal Practice
- Diploma in Trust Administration (2018)
- Accredited Specialist - Wills & Estates - Law Institute of Victoria (2020)
- Supreme Court of Victoria
- High Court of Australia
Memberships and Committees
- Law Institute of Victoria
- “A New Dawn: the new Guardianship and Administration Act 2019" published in the Law Institute Journal March 2020