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Naomi Carpenter

Year of call: 2004

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Qualifications

Called to the Bar 2004 (Inner Temple)

BVC (Inns of Court School of Law)

PgDl/CPE

BSc(Hons) University College London (London University)

 

Main Practice Areas

Family Law

Court of Protection

Criminal Law (including quasi civil/criminal e.g. VAT tribunals and cash forfeiture)

Prison Law

 

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 work) and R v Sarwar and others, (Airline/liquid bomb plot – trial and retrial). She was also involved in pre hearing work 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.

She is briefed in all aspects of criminal law including confiscation proceedings.

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.

Family Law Profile

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

Private Family Law – section 8 Applications

Naomi accepts briefs in all aspects of private family law. 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 F.P.C, county but more specifically in the High Courts.

By way of some examples:

  1. 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 R.C.J.
  2. ii) Naomi has represented the grandmother of a daughter who was killed by her husband in front of the children who applied for residence of her grandchildren 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 from prison. No contact was ordered, parental responsibility removed and an order prohibiting future applications granted.

Public Family Law

Naomi is experienced in all aspects of care proceedings and accepts briefs for different parties  including the mother, father, grandmother, guardian and other interested parties. She has represented parties in all levels of the Family courts from the formerly known FPC to the High Court and Court of Appeal. She has also acted for parents wishing to apply to discharge a care order.

Again her experience in criminal and prison law sits well with her knowledge of family law and is helpful in fact finding hearings.

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 and Family Law Act Proceedings

Inevitably Naomi is briefed in this area and often with last minute notice due to the nature of the applications including occupation order and non-molestation orders.

Wardship cases

Naomi accepts briefs in this area of law and most recently is briefed in a case in the

High Court.

 Adoption

Naomi accepts briefs in this area of family law. One 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.

Ancillary relief

Naomi is briefed in this area of law both by legally aided and private clients.

  • Case Profile

    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.

    Family

    2016    Court of Appeal – I represented the Father in an application by both parents for permission to appeal against a care and placement order.

    2015    Court of Appeal – I acted for the Father in an appeal against a placement order (I was led by a silk). Permission was granted by the single Court of Appeal judge. The Local Authority applied to discharge the placement order a few days before the full appeal hearing and the appeal application was withdrawn.

    2014 Court of Appeal – I represented the mother in the grandparents appeal against a viability assessment decision.

    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    P.R.F.D  – Overturned a historic residence order in favour of mother.

    2010    P.R.F.D – 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 represented the father.

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

    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, father discovered he had a daughter during adoption proceedings (the result of a one night stand).

    2011    Guildford County Court – care proceedings – 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. I 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.