Natalie Otira Vogel
Natalie Otira Vogel
B.A.(Psychology) - Monash LL.B. - Monash G.D.L.P. – College of Law
18 September 2007
Signed Bar Roll:
22 May 2008
Douglas Menzies Chambers
Level 2, Room 16
180 William St, Melbourne
Admitted to Practice:
Areas of Practice:
- Children's Court
- Intervention Orders
- Workplace Relations
Natalie is available to appear, draft, settle or advise in any area of law (although she prefers court appearances).
Most of her briefs at the Bar have related to family law (domestic and international including Hague Convention matters) child protection and intervention order litigation. She has been briefed to appear in these areas of law (and also in workplace relations and criminal law matters) to trial/contest.
Natalie has been briefed to advise in family law, workplace relations, commercial law, criminal law, civil litigation (intervention orders) and torts matters. She has also been briefed to draft family and commercial law documents, and to settle family law documents.
Natalie has appeared in the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Fair Work Commission, the Supreme Court, the County Court (incl. a Royal Commission), VCAT, the Children’s Court and the Magistrate’s Court. She has appeared in numerous reported cases.
Natalie holds a current working with children check and has completed the Independent Children’s Lawyer training program. She was educated at Wesley College and Geelong Grammar school.
Natalie read with Geoffrey Dickson QC and David Brown QC.
Family Law / Appeals
Prior to being called to the Bar, Natalie practised as a solicitor running commercial litigation, employment law, family law, child protection and commercial crime files. During this time, she sat on the Professional Development Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria.
Before working as a solicitor, Natalie worked as a paralegal at the Australian Wheat Board, where she organised privileged documents relating to international trade. She also worked as an employment law advisor for a federal employer association. In this role, she advised employers with respect to appropriate termination of employees, lodgement of workplace agreements, employee entitlements and award rates. Upon graduation, Natalie worked in the Registry of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (now the Fair Work Commission) on its National Telephone Enquiry Service, advising callers with respect to employment law litigation.
Whilst studying law Natalie worked as a personal assistant to a commercial law barrister, and volunteered as a co-ordinator at the Peninsula Community Legal Centre Legal Advice Service (where she managed a team of solicitors). She also volunteered at the Monash Oakleigh Legal Service Family Law Assistance program, and did work experience with Victoria’s Governor.
Memberships and Associations
- Victorian Bar – Functions Committee
- Law Institute of Victoria
Academic Position / Published Articles
Whilst at the bar Natalie has taught (and co-ordinated) management law, employment law and event management law to business law students at Victoria University. She has also tutored law students privately.
Natalie has delivered CPD lectures and seminars to fellow counsel and solicitors.
Natalie has won two Law Institute of Victoria legal comedy debates.
She has judged numerous Melbourne, Monash and Victoria University mooting competitions, presiding with a full bench in the High Court, and as Chief Justice with a full bench.