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Naomi Carpenter

Year of call: 2004

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Main Practice Areas
Family Law (specialist area) –  Click here for a full list of cases
Criminal Law – Click here for a full list of cases
 

Family Law Profile
Naomi is briefed in a wide range of family law appearing at all levels of the family courts including the High Court and Court of Appeal. She has appeared against a silk in the High Court, been led by silks in the High Court and been led and appeared by herself in the Court of Appeal

Testimonials

“To: The fantastic Naomi, the barrister with a ferocious bite. who was an absolute fighter for my corner and through my court cases. She is an absolute treasure. worked tirelessly for my divorce.” (Lay client)

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“Naomi has been nothing but truly fantastic on this matter. My client is registered as high risk due to conflicting instructions she can often give but also due to her difficulty to work with new people. I have represented her since prior to the birth of her child (who is now 4) during the pre-birth conference and in 2 sets of previous proceedings. I know how difficult she can be and not all her fault given her mental health issues.  Naomi was absolutely marvellous with my client. Client was extremely grateful for Naomi’s cool nature and wisdom. I was totally reassured Naomi had this matter covered as I have instructed Naomi on other matters before. The icing on the cake, however, was that at final hearing, Naomi was also able to secure contact way beyond what is usually considered in these cases as the standard, all whilst the matter was heard by a very tough judge! Not only just for my client but also for the maternal grandfather.  After the last day of FH, my client had serious chest pains and breathing problems outside of court after judgement, Naomi stayed with my client calming her down and supporting her until the ambulance arrived and client was taken to hospital. Naomi went over and above for my client.” (Solicitor)

 

Private Family Law – section 8 Applications
Naomi accepts briefs in all aspects of private family law including ones involving domestic abuse, child abuse and international elements. Due to her experience and practise in prison and criminal law she is uniquely placed to deal with cases where one party in the proceedings has been accused or convicted of serious criminal offences or/and serving prison sentences/on licence. She is obviously well versed in the risk assessment/sentence planning course regime in prison, probation and the C.J.S. She has represented different parties in such cases including the respondent to the convicted persons’ application, the convicted person and interested parties in the county but more specifically in the High Courts.

By way of some examples:

i) Cases concerning applicants seeking contact with their children whilst in prison or on licence who were convicted of murder and sex offences in the High (R.C.J) and County Courts.

ii) Naomi has represented the grandmother of a daughter who was allegedly killed by her husband in front of the children who applied for residence in care proceedings.

iii) She has successfully represented a respondent objecting to an application by the father who had been found guilty of the attempted murder of the children and was approaching his release date (prison behaviour problems).  No contact was ordered, parental responsibility removed and an order prohibiting future applications granted.

Public Family Law
Naomi is regularly instructed in complex care proceedings including. She represents all parties including parents, grandparents, the children and the local authority and other interested parties. She has represented parties in all levels of the family court from the magistrates’ court, High Court and the Court of appeal in a wide range of cases. Again, her experience in criminal and prison law sits well with her knowledge of family law.

An interesting case in the High Court concerned a mother who had suffered post traumatic syndrome following her experience of the war in Iraq and had suffered injuries as a result of some bombs. The children were returned to the mother.

Injunctive relief
Inevitably Naomi is briefed in this area and often with last minute notice due to the
nature of the applications.

Wardship cases
Naomi accepts briefs in this area of law and most recently is briefed in a case in the High Court which is ongoing.

Adoption
Naomi accepts briefs in this area of family law. One recent case concerned a father (of impeccable character) who learned very late in the day that he had a child (a result of a one night stand) and applied to oppose the adoption application at the last minute.

Financial Remedy cases
Naomi is briefed in this area of law both by private clients. She has represented clients in cases of polygamous marriages, trusts and hidden assets.

Criminal Law Profile
Prior to practising at the Bar, Naomi was a part of the defence team in the following VHCC cases: R v Barot and others (‘Dirty Bomb’ plot – 1st trial), R v Ul Haq and others, (2nd trial), R v Ibrahim and others (pre-trial) and R v Sarwar and others, (Airline/liquid bomb plot – trial and retrial). She was also involved in the following extradition matters: Abu Hamza and B Ahmed.

Naomi was also involved in the following appeals in the Court of Appeal and ECtHR as part of the same defence team: R v Barot and others , R v Ul Haq, Jalil and others, R v Sarwar and R v Ibrahim & others.

Prison Law Profile
Whilst working in the law firm Naomi developed a prison law department, dealing with categorisation, parole, allocation, adjudications, other prison issues and judicial review matters.

Naomi has advised on prison law issues including the judicial review of a negative prison categorisation decision which was based on risk factors emanating from a conviction in another jurisdiction and allegations of torture thereof.

Qualifications
Called to the Bar 2004 (Inner Temple)
BVC (Inns of Court School of Law)
PgDl/CPE
BSc (Hons) University College London (London University)

  • Case Profile

    Family

    2019    Court of Appeal – Appeal against a fact-finding decision in a care case resulting in a rehearing (reported case), Naomi represented the respondent father.

    2019    High Court – the mother successfully sought urgent permission to take the child to Malaysia due to family ill health.

    2019    Watford Family Court – lengthy and complex fact finding in a care case involving historic allegations of sexual and physical abuse spanning a couple of decades and two connected families. Naomi was led.

    2018    Watford Family Court  – lengthy and complex fact finding and final hearing in a care case involved allegations of sexual and physical abuse.

    2018    High Court – location order dismissed.

    2017    Chelmsford Family Court – lengthy care final hearing involving allegations of physical abuse, factitious induced illness and intervenors.

    2015    Court of Appeal – Appeal against a final decision in a care case. Naomi represented the father.

    2015    Court of Appeal – Appeal against a placement order on behalf of the father, represented by Naomi. Permission was given to the father on the papers and the matter listed for a full hearing. The local authority applied to discharge the placement order days before the appeal hearing. Naomi was led by Queens Counsel.

    2015    Central Family Court – lengthy and complex fact finding and final hearing involving allegations of sexual (rape) and physical abuse and child trafficking.  Naomi represented the father.

    2014    Court of Appeal – Appeal by the maternal grandparents against a final decision in a care case and the refusal to give permission for an independent social worker report. Naomi represented the mother and was led by Queens Counsel.

    2012    Court of Appeal – Appeal by one party against a High Court Judge’s decision to suspend contact due to a parent’s capacity issues. High Court case is stayed during appeal.

    2012    High Court – Contact proceedings involving a father who applied to remove the child from the jurisdiction to reside with him with non-disclosure of the address.

    2012    High Court – Wardship proceedings concerning parents from Angola with residence and contact issues, Mother left the country with the children.

    2011    High Court – Issue of jurisdiction and whether an applicant child has the right to determine his own habitual residence. I represented the Father.

    2010    High Court – Led by a silk. A father who was convicted of sexual offences against minors, sought contact with his children. Legal issues in relation to disclosure and the failure to admit guilt and thus show rehabilitation were raised.

    2010    High Court – pending committal proceedings against a mother who withheld contact without good reason.

    2012    Court of Protection –Following private law proceedings the Mother made an application for contact and the movement of her daughter from the father’s house into residential housing.

    2011    Central Family Court  – Overturned a historic residence order in favour of mother.

    2010    Central Family Court – Care proceedings – mother suffered physical and emotional injury from the bombing in Iraq years earlier, came to England and the children were placed in care following as a result of mother’s issues. I acted for father.

    2012    Swindon County Court – High cost care case. I represent the father.

    2012    Swindon County Court – Application by a father for contact who is lacking capacity, has suicidal tendencies and suffered child abuse. I represent the father.

    2012    Swindon County Court – Successful application by a non-biological father for shared residence and contact. I represented the non-biological father.

    2011    Swindon County Court – Successful application by mother to remove the father’s parental responsibility, stop any form of contact and prevent any further contact applications by father for the new few years. Father was convicted of attempted murder (by gas) and threats to kill against the children. I represented Mother.

    2011    Swindon County Court – care proceedings. Successful application for a S.G.O by the maternal grandparents despite a historic lengthy criminal past.

    2011    Croydon County Court – adoption case, the father discovered he had a daughter (the result of a one night stand) whilst adoption proceedings were finishing.

    2011    Guildford County Court – care proceedings, the father murdered the mother in front of the children. Application by maternal grandmother for residence.

    2011    Guildford County Court – Ancillary relief proceedings. The wife alleged that the husband had not declared/hidden details of his 1950’s Marvel comic collection. One comic was potentially worth ¾ of a million pounds.

    2010    Bradford County Court – application by father to have continued contact with his child whilst in prison for murder in a category A prison. Naomi acted for Father.

    2010    County Court – application by father in prison for contact with his son. Prison visits hall deemed a safe place for contact as supervised by staff and family.

    Criminal

    January 2016 R v E Acted for the Defendant facing allegations of sexual assault in a hospital. The Crown discontinued the case following an abuse of process application.

    December 2015 R v O and others Hereford Crown court. Acted for a defendant, a serving prisoner in a two week trial facing an allegation of affray and a public disorder matter in prison. Acquitted of affray.

    January 2012  R v S    Blackfriars Crown Court. An allegation of A.B.H by D on his 11 year old step son who was taken into foster care. An intermediary was applied for, witness summons for the social workers and PII issues in relation to social services files. No evidence was offered following a forceful abuse of process argument concerning prosecution delays and failings.

    December 2011 R v R Blackfriars Crown Court. A.B.H by a serving prisoner against two prison officers, the matter was discontinued following representations.

    November 2011 R v P   Blackfriars Crown Court. Possession of an offence weapon. No evidence offered following representations.

    October 2011  R v D   Wood Green Crown Court (2 week trial). £270,000 fraud of a GP Practice by the Practice Manager over two years. There were collateral civil proceedings (in which I was led by a silk) where the GP Practice (claimants) alleged breach of fiduciary relationship, breach of contact etc.

    August 2011   R v O and oths  Central Criminal Court. Identity theft and use of false identification.

    Spring 2010    R v D   A youth charged with possession with intent to supply of a class B drug. Absolute discharge after representations

    Summer 2010 R v J Isleworth Crown Court – successful abuse of process argument in relation to a promise not to prosecute.

    Summer 2010 R v B    Matter discontinued following successive abusive process arguments concerning prosecution delays.