Natasha Tahta


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Natasha Tahta

Call 1998
BA (Hons) (Cantab) CPE (City)

Practice: Crime & Regulatory


After 15 years of a highly successful criminal practice involving a wide range of criminal work, both prosecution and defence, involving all levels of courts from the Magistrates to the House of Lords, Natasha now specialises in Regulatory work.

Natasha has a wide experience of regulatory work, including Health and Safety, Licensing, Gaming and Trading Standards.  She regularly prosecutes for the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and conducted a number of appeals for the General Social Care Council (now part of the Healthcare Professions Council).

Natasha is on the Attorney-General’s List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law and is a Level 3 advocate on the CPS Advocate Panel for General Crime and is an accredited advocate on the CPS Advocates Panel Rape List.

Natasha Tahta is on the General Medical Council’s list of approved counsel and has recently been instructed in a long running and high profile investigation for the General Medical Council.  Natasha has conducted many Fitness To Practise hearings for the GMC at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, as well as numerous Review hearings and Investigation Committee hearings.

In her criminal work Natasha appeared in money laundering and large scale drug trafficking cases, murder cases, rape cases, armed robberies, child sex cases, child cruelty cases and fraud cases, amongst many others.  She has acted for the Revenue and Customs and the DTI as well as the CPS, and has been appointed as independent counsel to give advice on legal professional privilege issues to Revenue and Customs.

Career Details

R v Riley – Massive Drug importation conspiracy orchestrated by a long serving senior Customs and Excise Officer including substantial money laundering offences.

R (HSE) v BUPA Care Homes Ltd – Widely reported case involving failings in safety standards leading to the death of a patient in a BUPA care home.

R v Butler – Landmark baby shaking case dependent on the ‘triad of injuries’ theory.

R v Philips – High Court case funded by Addison Lee plc in which the minicab company was arguing for equal rights with black cabs.

GMC v Dr Kanojia – Fitness to Practise case widely reported in the UK and in India, involving a Consultant Cardiologist being erased from the medical register for conducting sexually motivated “breast examinations”.

Additional Information

Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association
Member of the Criminal Bar Association
Registered with the Bar Council – Public Access Directory
Member of the Public Access Bar Association - PABA


St John’s College, Cambridge University (BA Hons )
City University (CPE)
BPP Law School (Bar Finals – 3rd highest results in the year)


‘Human Rights and Criminal Justice’ (Sweet & Maxwell) – 2001 edition (editorial assistant)

Co-Author of CBA Human Rights Lecture Notes 2001

Notable cases:

GMC v Dr Kanojia (2014)
Erasure of a consultant following expert evidence regarding his method of breast examinations.

GMC Investigation into Mid Staffordshire Doctors (2013)

GMC Investigation into "baby-shaking" pathologist (2012)

NMC v Craven (2011)
Complex Misconduct hearing

GSCC v Wheeler (2010)
 First Tier Tribunal appeal

GSCC v Kilduff (2010)
Social worker in possession of obscene material

GSCC v Shaw (2010)
Landmark Appeal

Baby-Shaking Pathology Dispute Appeal (2010)
Court of Appeal Guidance - Expert Evidence  

R v Butler (2009)
Baby shaking case

R v BUPA Care Homes Ltd (2006)
Care home fatality