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Dr Natalie Byrom

Research Director - The Legal Education Foundation

Natalie is Director of Research and Learning at The Legal Education Foundation – an independent grant making foundation with a portfolio of over 200 grants – where she leads work to better understand the ways in which people can be assisted to understand and use the justice system to secure their rights, protections and fair treatment. She recently completed a PhD exploring the impact of cuts to civil legal aid on vulnerable individuals, focusing on the experience of Law Centres. Natalie is passionate about improving public understanding of the legal system- in 2017 she was appointed to the BBC Expert Women Network and her research and writing have been featured in the Guardian, the New Statesman and the legal press. Natalie sits on the Administrative Justice Council and the Civil Justice Council’s Litigant in Person Engagement Group.  She is currently on secondment with Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service as Expert Advisor on Open Data and Academic Engagement. As part of this role she is leading work to recommend improvements around access to data for justice system research and stakeholder engagement.