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Natalie Darko

Solicitor Advocate
Criminal Department
Natalie Darko
Natalie Darko


Natalie joined the firm as a paralegal in August 2011, having completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School. She subsequently became a trainee solicitor and qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate within the Criminal department in March 2014.

Experience & Areas of Expertise

Natalie is an experienced police station accredited representative who regularly provides advice to adults, children and vulnerable individuals detained at the police station.

Natalie has previous experience as a Business Analyst which has meant she has developed the capability to dissect a problem with ease, and make sense of complex situations. She is committed to quality with excellent attention to detail, and with the highest degree of accuracy. Natalie represents clients at the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. She has extensive experience in criminal litigation and defends cases involving all types of offences including theft, and assaults, to the more serious offences such as murder, money laundering, fraud, sexual offences, serious cases of violence, drug supply, and firearms cases.

Natalie successfully obtained the Higher Rights of Audience Qualification in 2014, and is qualified to appear as an advocate herself in the Crown Court and Higher Courts.

Panel Membership:

Natalie has successfully completed the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme allowing her to act as a Duty Solicitor. She is also police station accredited, and a member of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers.

Cases of interest

R v C – Represented a Defendant charged with attempted murder following an unprovoked knife attack in a Pub. The Defendant was found not guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court.

R v D – Represented one of three men charged with firearms offences and conspiracy to rob. The Defendant was found not guilty after Trial. The other two Defendant’s were found guilty.

R v S – Represented a 14 year girl accused of Arson at her school. The Defendant was alleged to have made admissions, however the Defence maintained this was a false confession and therefore not true. Objection was taken to the admissibility of this evidence, which resulted in the case being discontinued against the Defendant.

R v X [2016] – Represented a Defendant accused of the historical Rape of a family member aged 12 years old. The Defendant was found not guilty at Woolwich Crown Court.

R v T – Represented a Defendant accused of possession with intent to supply drugs, where she was found with 77 packages of heroin, 5 packages of crack cocaine, and 23 packages of cocaine. The Defendant was found not guilty after Trial, at Inner London Crown Court.

R v M – Represented a nurse charged with the wilful neglect of a patient which resulted in her suicide in a mental health hospital. After a 3 week Trial, the Defendant was found not guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Client Reviews

“I would just like to congratulate a member of your team! Edwards Duthie Shamash are the solicitors that are used by The Communication Workers Union/Unionline. I recently had an accident at work which resulted in me suffering from a bad back because of an overweight bag. Natalie from the claims department was great in agreeing a liability settlement and a very reasonable amount of compensation for my injury. She always responded to my emails or phone calls which is rare in some law firms and was always polite and informative. I would definitely recommend Edwards Duthie Shamash to others and hopefully I won’t but if I ever needed to use them again I will do!”
— Matt Bellamy
“Thanks so much once again Natalie for your professionalism in my claim. You have dealt with this case excellent and with ease from the start and friendly. You have always kept me updated right throughout without me having to wonder how far it has gone. A very prompt friendly and professional service. Thanks a million.”
— Client of Natalie Darko
“Natalie at Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors was extremely helpful and I cannot thank her enough. Thanks to Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors I was offered over 10 times the amount I was originally offered for my personal injury claim. I found Natalie really easy to communicate with and really easy to get hold of which is hard to come by, nothing was ever too much for her. It couldn’t have been a more smoother and stress free process. I would highly recommend this firm to everyone!”
— Client of Natalie Darko
“Natalie at Edwards Duthie Shamash has been fantastic in dealing with our PI claim. As soon as all the paperwork was received she got on with the case and had it settled in a matter of months. The amount we received was more than expected. We would highly recommend Edwards Duthie Shamash.”
— Client of Natalie Darko
“Extremely impressed with everything done on my behalf. Very approachable.”
— Criminal Law Client
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