Natalie Smith


Natalie joined Gilshenan & Luton in 2015 and has worked exclusively in the areas of criminal law and professional misconduct since that time.

She has a background in financial administration and brings a detail oriented approach to both her defence and prosecution work. Natalie enjoys untangling complex matters, conducting advanced legal research to assist clients and helping them through what is often a difficult time.

Natalie has represented clients in all courts in Queensland and has conducted QCAT hearings as a solicitor-advocate. She has particular experience in:

  • Sexual offences;
  • Domestic violence;
  • Drug offences;
  • Traffic offences; and
  • Commissions of inquiry.

Natalie regularly volunteers for a community legal centre and devotes her spare time to skiing, aerial silks and baking.

Recent articles by Natalie

Bail in Queensland – applications, granting and refusals

Bail in Queensland – applications, granting and refusals

Bail is an undertaking to come to court when your criminal case is mentioned and sometimes, to comply with other conditions imposed by the court. In Queensland, a person charged with an offence may be released on bail under the provisions of the Bail Act. Learn more.
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What does the Queensland Home Confinement Direction specify?

COVID-19 and Home Confinement Direction Queensland

On 29 March 2020, the chief health officer issued the ‘home confinement direction’ – the most restrictive direction so far. So what does it involve?
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Can I get a Blue Card with a Criminal Record?

Can I get a blue card with a criminal record?

A blue card is the colloquial name for a ‘positive notice’ issued by Blue Card Services, which allows you to work with children. If you have a criminal record, your application for a blue card is not necessarily futile, but may be more complex.
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I’ve been charged with possession of a dangerous drugs

Charges for possession of dangerous drugs

In Queensland, it is a criminal offence to unlawfully possess a dangerous drug. Penalties can range from good behaviour bonds and probation through to imprisonment.
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