Viewing: Employment for Naomi Owen

Naomi appears for both claimants and respondents in the ET and EAT at all stages of proceedings, from preliminary hearings covering a wide range of interlocutory issues through to final hearing and appeal. She has a substantial discrimination practice, and is regularly instructed on multi-day final hearings revolving around issues of discrimination in its various forms. She also appears in cases concerning ordinary/automatic unfair dismissal, TUPE Regulations, unlawful deduction of wages, redundancy and whistleblowing.
Naomi also has experience of representing parties at judicial mediation, drafting pleadings and advices, and representing individuals at internal disciplinary proceedings. She has represented governing bodies, multi-academy trusts, NHS foundation trusts, trade unions, charities, small employers and individual employees as well as appearing in class actions.
As part of her Employment practice, Naomi accepts instructions to conduct grievance, disciplinary and whistleblowing investigations, interviewing witnesses and complainants, and producing investigation reports. She has in the past been instructed by one of the UK’s biggest in-house pension fund managers, a large multi-academy trust and an international charity.
Naomi is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Employment in the Midlands.
She currently serves as the Deputy Head of the Employment Group. She also sits on the ELA Pro Bono Committee, with a founding role as an ELIPS Co-ordinator for the Birmingham branch.
Client Recommendations
Tom Pennington-Hare, Senior Associate, Fox Williams LLP, November 2020
“Naomi is very impressive. Proactive, well prepared and engaged – she is deservedly one of our ‘go-to’ counsel.”
Andrew Boer, Principal, EHS, March 2019
“Naomi represented the Edge Hotel School at a recent Employment Tribunal hearing. It was a tense, stressful time for the team however Naomi was the epitome of professionalism and not only explained the requirements of the process clearly and concisely but even managed to reduce the stress with her good humour and relaxed but highly efficient approach. Following the conclusion of the tribunal hearing I promised Naomi that, irrespective of the outcome, I would be very happy to provide a glowing reference for her. She is an exceptional talent and I wholeheartedly commend her to you. PS. We won.”
Lucy McLynn, Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite, February 2015
Naomi Owen can turn water into wine.
Police Federation representative, August 2014
Naomi Owen was an outstanding advocate and presented an excellent case to the Tribunal. Her approach was very professional and she adopted a style for every stage of proceedings which no doubt assisted in the success of the case. Suffice to say that the Presiding Judge commented upon the way in which she had presented and assisted throughout the case.
Fira Landscape, March 2014
Naomi has guided us through a particularly complicated tribunal case. She has provided us with clear and helpful advice during this most stressful process. She was always on hand to give us support making ‘direct access’ to a barrister an easy and efficient way of undertaking our case. Her well organised and thorough approach ensured that we were well prepared for the hearing. We would highly recommend Naomi who went out of her way to help and advise us throughout the whole Tribunal process.
Recommendations
"Her advocacy was measured and she was good at the cross-examinations." "Very amenable and personable, and therefore influential in court." "She is conscientious and good with clients."
Chambers UK 2021
"A skilled and thorough cross-examiner, who leaves no stone unturned."
Legal 500 2021
“Well prepared, easy to work with and good with clients.” “Professional and approachable. She gets good results and puts witnesses at ease.” “Very user-friendly and proactive.”
Chambers UK 2019
“She is professional, approachable and pleasant to work with. I had absolute faith that the case was in excellent hands.” “She can tailor her approach to the particular circumstances of the case. She was fantastic with the client - it was a difficult case and she knew it inside out, she knew exactly what the issues were (and there were lots of different legal aspects).”
Chambers 2018
“Good at managing clients who are upset or do not appreciate the legality of the situation, and is good at explaining things in simple terms that they can understand: she is really patient,” “She is clearly conspicuously able and very pleasant to deal with.”
Chambers 2017
Notable Cases
Mullin v (1) United for Change and (2) Franks (March 2019)
Naomi was instructed to represent Mr Franks, founder of LoveFilm, business man and political adviser, and the political movement of which Mr Franks was a founder. Ms Mullin was an employee of the movement, and brought various claims of harassment and sex discrimination, as well as claims of victimisation and whistleblowing (detriment and dismissal).
Davis-Bol v (1) Brook Street UK Ltd (2) The Secretary of State for Justice (May 2017)
This was a lengthy matter in which the final hearing, for numerous procedural reasons, spanned from April 2016 to May 2017, it in fact took place over 8 days in that 11 month period. Naomi was instructed for the First Respondent in a claim of race discrimination and unfair dismissal. The claim was successfully defended, and a costs application is being pursued.
Hollis v Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (January 2017)
This was a 5 day case, in which Naomi successfully represented the Respondent against numerous disability discrimination claims as well as an ordinary unfair dismissal claim. The costs hearing is listed for March 2018.
Sandle v Adecco UK Ltd [2016] IRLR 941
Having won at first instance, Naomi successfully opposed an appeal against the finding that the Claimant had not been unfairly dismissed. The case was important in that it dealt with the issue as to whether dismissal can be implied by the inaction of an agency employer.
De Souza v (1) Bolt Equity Ltd, (2) Paul Southwell and (3) Patrick Bulmer (January 2015)
Naomi was led by Mohammed Zaman QC, acting for the Respondents defending a claim for ordinary unfair dismissal as well as various heads of discrimination.
Patel v Legal Services Commission and Ors (January 2014)
For this 10 day disability discrimination, harassment and victimization claim, Naomi represented the Claimant.
Payne v Black Country NHS Foundation Trust (December 2013)
In a 5 day disability discrimination claim, Naomi was instructed by the Respondent.
M v London Underground and Anor (June 2013)
This was listed for an 8 day sexual harassment and discrimination claim, in which Naomi acted for the Claimant.
Freedman and Ors v London Borough of Kingston and Ors (January 2012)
Naomi represented 57 union members in a nine day pre-hearing review held to determine whether there had been a service provision change for the purposes of the TUPE Regulations. The services provided by those members had originally been contracted out by six local authorities, to be brought in-house following government cuts.
AM v (1) GF and (2) Balfour Beatty Rail Ltd [2011] EqLR 428
Naomi was instructed on behalf of the Claimant in a three day harassment claim. The respondent’s appeal against the decision was unsuccessful.
Appointments
Deputy District Judge (2020)
Fee-paid Employment Judge (2020)
Fee-paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (2020)
Memberships
Employment Lawyers Association
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
West Midlands Employment Law Group (founding member)
Qualifications
Pupillage Award, Lincoln’s Inn
MA Oxon, Physics, St Hilda’s College, Oxford
MA in Legal Studies, University of Bristol
BVC, University of the West of England (received the award for highest overall mark on the BVC)

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