People - Natalie Franks

Natalie Franks

Legal Counsel

Natalie is the Director of Health Legal and is a pragmatic and efficient Legal Counsel.

Clients value Natalie’s breadth of industry knowledge, her commercial approach and personable style.

Natalie has been providing legal services to the public and private health sectors for over 20 years and prior to commencing at Health Legal was a partner in a large national law firm. Natalie advises Senior Executives and Boards of Management on exposure to liabilities, good governance, contractual relationships, and strategic issues.

Natalie has been involved in managing and documenting substantial information technology, clinical and non-clinical tendering and outsourcing projects. She has also drafted a vast range and number of supply and service agreements for both the profit and not for profit sectors. Natalie has provided a wide range of advice impacting on the health, research and aged care sectors covering all aspects of the operation of those organisations including common law and legislative requirements.

Natalie has acted as probity auditor and provided probity advice for significant public hospital clinical and non-clinical outsourcing arrangements.

In 2004 Natalie developed a legislative compliance product for health care and welfare providers, focusing specifically on the needs of both the public and private sectors. The register covers all Commonwealth and State legislation and regulations which apply to health care, welfare and aged care providers.

As one of the Legal Counsel of Health Legal, Natalie has responsibility for all litigation and court matters which Health Legal has represented parties. These matters include proceedings in the High Court of Australia, the Family Court, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the County Court, the Magistrates’ Court, the Coroners’ Court and VCAT.

  • Liability, good governance and strategic advice
  • Contracts and commercial advice (in particular, goods and services procurement contracts)
  • Probity and tendering advice
  • Legislative compliance and advisory services
  • Health law common law and legislative obligations

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Melbourne

Memberships:

Former member of the Federal Minister of Health and Aged Care’s National Taskforce examining introduction of electronic health records throughout Australia (HealthConnect)

Law Institute of Victoria

American Health Lawyers Association

Australian Corporate Lawyers Association

From 2008-2016 Natalie has been annually recognised by her peers as one of Australia’s best lawyers in the field of Health & Aged Care (as published in the Australian Financial Review).

Natalie has also recently been announced the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Health & Aged Care Law in Melbourne, as selected by her legal peers (published by The Best Lawyers of Australia). Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is given this honour. Natalie also received this recognition in 2012.

In 2012, Natalie was also awarded the exclusive honour of being Australia’s best solicitor in the area of Healthcare/Life Sciences by International Law Office Client Choice Awards.

Natalie Franks listed in Best Lawyers 2016
Natalie Franks lawyer of the year 2017