Natalie is a senior lawyer in our highly successful family team, advising clients on all aspects of family law, particularly, divorce, separation, financial settlements and associated issues concerning children arrangements.
Natalie is an Accredited Resolution Specialist in Complex Financial Remedies and Cohabitation which allows her to deal with even the most complicated situations. She is committed to adopting a non-confrontational approach and she aims to resolve issues amicably without going to court. However, if court proceedings are required, Natalie boasts a robust determination to secure the best outcome for her clients so that they can move on with their life.
Clients find her extremely approachable and she is known for her determination and ability to achieve the best results.
Natalie was named a ‘Rising Star’ in the Legal 500 2022 rankings, the leading independent guide to the best lawyers in the UK.
Natalie was ranked ‘Associates to watch’ by Chambers and Partners 2022, one of the legal industry’s most prestigious rankings.
Natalie was recognised as one of the Citywealth’s Top 100 Private Client Lawyers in 2021.
Natalie has extensive experience in the division of assets when couples separate, whether they are married, in a civil partnership or co-habiting. She represents a wide range of clients including, business owners, high profile and wealthy individuals and she regularly deals with mid-high value cases in divorce and financial matters.
She also assists individuals at the outset of their relationship and is experienced in preparing pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements.
Natalie specialises in international relocation cases. She supports clients whether they are the parent seeking the court’s permission to permanently relocate the children to another country or the parent opposing relocation. She has a particular interest in representing parents locked into fraught and highly contentious child arrangement disputes.
She is a member of Jurismus, an international network of lawyers in Europe and Worldwide to assist with cross-border/Expat divorce and international children matters.
Natalie studied law at the University of Sheffield and then obtained a distinction in her LPC at the College of Law in London. She trained and worked in London for five years before moving to St Albans. She joined Debenhams Ottaway in December 2016 and was made senior lawyer in 2021.
- an Accredited Resolution Specialist in Complex Financial Remedies and Cohabitation
- a member of Jurismus
- a member of Resolution and the Hertfordshire Law Society
- the events coordinator for YRes Hertfordshire.
In 2021, Natalie took part in The Divorce Social Podcast: The Divorce Club podcast: What have you always wanted to ask a divorce lawyer? hosted by comedian and author, Samantha Baines, answering questions around divorce and separation, focusing on breaking the stigma around divorce.
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Natalie Lester has been fantastic. I have found her so reassuring and knowledgeable. I’ve been confident throughout the process that she is working hard to achieve my desired outcomes with resolution at the heart of the decision making, all whilst giving very good advice.
Natalie Lester has been excellent as my divorce lawyer. She has been thoroughly professional throughout the process. I have found her to be very approachable and she has shared her expertise with compassion and warmth. Natalie was always resolution-focused and helped to keep perspective in the negotiations. I am very grateful for her help and advice and would not hesitate to recommend her.
Thank you again for all your support and help in this matter. Your professional, calm, structured and pragmatic manner was very much what I needed throughout the process.
I just want to say a very big thank you for your time, patience, help and support. You have made what was an unbearable situation over the last 15 months, bearable.
Thank you for all your help and getting me through it.
Thank you for all your friendly advice and quick action on my behalf.
Thank you Natalie for your exceptional service, quick turnaround and continued support in this family matter.
Thank you again for all of your efforts in resolving my case. It was a really difficult time for me then, one of which I didn’t think would end. I honestly wouldn’t be where I am now without all of your hard work. Thank you.
I cannot thank you enough for all you have done. Your support, guidance, professionalism and all the rest has been invaluable in getting me through this. So, really thank you so much.
Thank you very much for your support through the last couple of years. I have appreciated your sage advice and even more your efficiency which has been such a boost for me. You made a difficult time in my life much easier than it could have been.
I want to thank you for all your work in this case and please note that I’d have no hesitation in introducing you to anyone who requests a talented lawyer.
Thank you for your kind understanding and expert advice as always.
I just wanted to say thank you for your assistance on my recent divorce proceedings. Extremely helpful, professional and I am very happy with the result. Thank you again.
Natalie was very personal, empathetic and understanding. I felt that she really cared through the difficult journey and had my best interests at heart whilst always maintaining a high level of professionalism.