Natasha Barnes joins Exchange Chambers as a door tenant

February 6, 2023

Exchange Chambers has welcomed Natasha Barnes as a door tenant.

Natasha is a highly-regarded junior who acts in a variety of sensitive and complex cases focusing on judicial review, indirect tax and other areas of public and human rights law. She appears before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, the Administrative Court and the Tribunals (Tax and Immigration Chambers).

Natasha’s tax practice covers litigation and advice across all areas of indirect tax.  She appeared as lead counsel before the Court of Appeal in Ampleaward Ltd v HMRC [2021] EWCA Civ 1459, in which the Court complimented her ‘outstandingly able’ submissions.

Natasha also advises and acts for a range of private and government clients across a wide spectrum of administrative and public law. She is a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel and is regularly instructed on complex, high profile matters.

Natasha is currently instructed as junior counsel for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in AAA and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWHC 3230 (Admin). A claim for judicial review was brought by several individuals and organisations who challenged the lawfulness of the arrangements made by the Home Secretary to relocate asylum seekers to Rwanda for determination of their asylum claims.  The court upheld the lawfulness of the scheme and the case is now on appeal to the Court of Appeal.  Natasha is also currently instructed as junior counsel to assist Lord (David) Anderson KBE KC to carry out an independent review of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. This Act provides the framework for the use of investigatory powers by the security and intelligence agencies, law enforcement and other public authorities.

Commenting on her decision to join Exchange Chambers as a door tenant, Natasha Barnes said:

“Exchange has a well-deserved reputation as a leading multi-disciplinary set with expertise across a wide range of practice areas including public law and tax.

“The set’s heavyweight presence across the North adds a new dimension to my existing London-based practice and I am attracted by Chambers’ forward thinking, commercial approach and friendly outlook.”

Welcoming Natasha, Exchange Chambers’ Chief Executive, Jonathan I’Anson said:

“We are delighted to welcome Natasha to Chambers. She is an outstanding barrister and a hugely impressive individual.

“Natasha’s expertise complements our existing public law and tax offering – there is huge potential to develop her practice across the North.”