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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

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  • Case comment: R v Byrne [2022] EWCA Crim 1630, Wortley, N. 9 Jan 2023
  • Comment:: R v Cousins (Junior) [2021] EWCA Crim 1664, [2022] 4 WLR 18, Wortley, N., Lower, A. 21 Feb 2022
  • Comment: Police driving standards, Wortley, N. 16 May 2022
  • Comment: R v Belhaj-Farhat [2022] EWCA Crim 115, [2022] 3 Archbold Review 3, Wortley, N. 3 May 2022
  • Comment: R v Nolan [2022] EWCA Crim 726, [2022] 2 Cr App R (S), Wortley, N. 21 Nov 2022
  • Comment: R v Olive and others [2022] EWCA Crim 1141, Wortley, N. 22 Sep 2022
  • Comment: Voyeurism and breastfeeding, Wortley, N. 16 May 2022
  • England, Wortley, N., Kotecha, B. 17 May 2022, Public health crisis management and criminal liability of governments, London, Hart Publishing
  • M'Naghten rules: R. v Keal Court of Appeal: (Criminal Division): Lord Burnett CJ, Thirlwall LJ and Morris J: 18 March 2022; [2022] EWCA Crim 341, Wortley, N. 8 Aug 2022, In: Criminal Law Review
  • Comment: R v Constanzo and Orlando [2021] EWCA Crim 615, [2021] Crim LR 710, Wortley, N. 19 Jul 2021

  • 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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