BAKER DEANE
& NUTT

Canberra
Level 1, 1 Farrell Place
Canberra City ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6230 1999

Queanbeyan
260 Crawford Street
Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Phone: (02) 6299 3999

Claire Natoli, Solicitor

Tell us about yourself

I grew up on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. After a year at Sydney University I decided to move to Canberra to attend the Australian National University. I graduated with a B. Arts (philosophy) and B. Laws (hons). While at university I volunteered with some community organizations and Legal Aid which fostered an interest in criminal law. I later worked for a local barrister who practiced in personal injury law which I also found incredibly interesting. After university I worked for a national firm in the Canberra and Sydney offices, which exposed me to a wide range of areas in law within a government and commercial context. I then returned to personal injury law, managing a boutique civil litigation practice.

What led you to BD&N?

BDN has an exceptional reputation and I was excited at the opportunity to join such an established and vibrant team.

Before you worked at BD&N, what were you doing?

Immediately prior to BDN I managed a boutique civil litigation practice here in Canberra, predominantly practicing in personal injury law. Prior to that I worked at a national firm doing work for government and private sector clients.

What are your specialties within the firm?

The bulk of my practice is in personal injury law, including motor vehicle accidents, workers compensation and public liability claims. I am also expanding into criminal law, contracts and wills.

What are you most passionate about within your role?

Involvement with the legal system can be lengthy and/or convoluted, and can have a serious impact on a person’s life. I like being able to assist my clients to navigate their way through these complex processes to the best outcome possible.

Are there any areas you want to grow into within your role and/or the business?

BDN is a generalist firm, and something I am looking forward to is expanding my practice. I have already had the opportunity to work within the criminal law, wills and conveyancing spaces and look forward to working with others within the firm to expand my skill set so that I can best assist our clients.

When you’re not in the office, what do you like to do?

Outside of work I try and spend as much time outdoors as possible. Canberra has some amazing national parks on its doorstep and the average weekend sees me heading down to Namadgi, Tidbinbilla or the Brindabellas with friends to climb anything we can see. On the other hand, I would happily spend an evening (or entire weekend) on the couch reading a book or planning a trip somewhere, with Scandinavia and the Baltics next on my list.

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