Nathanael Harding

Nathanael recently joined Chambers following the successful completion of his pupillage and is currently undertaking work in all Chambers’ areas of practice.

Nathanael graduated from St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge in 2009 with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages. During this time, he spent a placement year in France with a multinational reinsurance company, working on complicated document translation and using his languages skills to assist communication between offices worldwide.

After graduating, Nathanael taught Modern Languages and Classics for 4 years at a leading independent school, heading the Oxbridge preparation programme for students and becoming fully involved in both the academic and pastoral life of the school.

In 2013, Nathanael decided to leave teaching to study Law, feeling strongly that he could put his natural abilities for dealing with complex information, and the skills learned in the classroom, to better use in supporting clients. Seeking a more challenging career and greater sense of personal fulfilment, in 2014 he completed the GDL, and in 2015 the BPTC, passing the Bar at Middle Temple.

Between 2015 and joining Becket Chambers as a pupil in 2021, Nathanael worked as a self-employed County Court Advocate taking instructions from several firms of solicitors and undertaking a range of civil hearings on the South Eastern Circuit.

He has been instructed on many Small Claims hearings, from matters arising from road traffic accidents to cases for compensation for flight delay. He has particular experience in landlord and tenant matters and has been instructed on numerous applications relating to contractual disputes. Prior to joining Chambers Nathanael also assisted in the training of new advocates, helping prepare them for the courtroom environment.

While maintaining close working relationships with professional and lay clients and managing his own caseload as a County Court Advocate, Nathanael also worked in Business Development for a global high-end security start-up, where he further honed his client support skills. This experience also gave him in-depth understanding of the business needs and priorities of his clients when undertaking civil work.

Beyond work Nathanael still enjoys sports, playing cricket and golf whenever the weather permits.

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Nathanael welcomes instructions in all aspects of Private Children law, including fact-finding, final hearings and non-molestation orders.

In his previous experience as a teacher, he was often consulted by young people wanting to discuss sensitive issues, and his natural ability to develop rapport with people of all ages means that he is able to put his clients at ease in situations where they might be feeling nervous or uncomfortable.

He is experienced in working with clients who have experienced domestic abuse and his exemplary client care helps to provide reassurance and a sense of safety. Nathanael’s experience also makes him adept at using appropriate approaches to cross-examining minors of all ages.

He has empathy for the long-lasting impact that disputes involving children can have, and deals sensitively with ensuring the best outcome for the child(ren), whichever parent he is representing.

Nathanael is fluent in French, and has worked extensively with interpreters.

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Nathanael Harding's Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

“We are very satisfied with the work done. Counsel has gone above and beyond to help the client and we are very grateful.”

Miss M from solicitors instructing Nathanael Harding – Oct 23

Property & Land Law

Nathanael is instructed in a wide range of disputes involving aspects of Property and Land Law, primarily in relation to landlords and tenants, and disputes between lenders and borrowers in mortgage proceedings.

As a solicitor’s agent, he gained 6 years’ experience of these matters, in particular in hearings related to mortgage proceedings, and has extensive, targeted knowledge of the mechanisms involved in these hearings. Acting on behalf of landlords, he is well-versed in the tactics often employed by tenants to delay matters, and how to avoid these pitfalls.

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Nathanael Harding's Testimonials for Property & Land Law

Personal Injury

Nathanael’s personal injury practice covers a wide range of areas, and he acts in all cases from small claims to fast-track or multitrack proceedings.

His attention to detail and exemplary customer support reassures clients and helps them to build confidence before court appearances. He supports his clients to ensure that all the necessary papers are correctly prepared and presented and is a strong advocate in court.

Local Government

Nathanael is a member of the Becket Chambers Local Authority Team and is instructed by local authorities in matters including planning breaches, anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and animal cruelty.

Condemnation & Cash Forfeiture

Nathanael is a member of the Becket Chambers Criminal Team and has considerable experience of representing the Home Office in Cash Forfeiture cases and condemnation cases involving tobacco and/or alcohol following interception at Dover or the Channel Tunnel.

He is experienced in working with clients where and interpreter is required and is fluent in French.