Naomi Wiseman is ranked Band 4 for both Children Law and Matrimonial Finance in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020 (and has been ranked since 2015). Shortlisted at the Family Law Awards 2016, Naomi has gained a reputation as a highly effective and committed advocate.
Naomi has particular expertise in care proceedings with an international element, family and immigration cross-over cases and inter-country adoptions. She is regularly led by Kathryn Cronin, the pre-eminent lawyer in this area, and has been instructed to appear in the Family Division of the High Court in adoption recognition cases involving Home Office interventions.
Regularly instructed in care and adoption proceedings, Naomi acts for children, parents and Local Authorities and appears in courts of all levels including the High Court, frequently against senior juniors and silks.
Naomi undertakes a full range of private law cases including internal and international relocation, child arrangements applications and has been led by Deborah Eaton QC, who is considered a leader in this field.
Naomi has experience of representing vulnerable clients in securing injunctive relief under the Family Law Act including non-molestation orders and occupation orders.
Naomi trained at QEB, a chambers specialising in Family Law and Matrimonial Finance in 2011, and accepted tenancy at that chambers before moving to Garden Court in 2016. Naomi has a wide experience of financial remedies and appears in courts of all levels including the High Court. Naomi has been led by and assisted silks in complex and high net worth financial cases.
Naomi has also been instructed in applications under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 and Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees act (ToLATA). Naomi is ranked Band 4 in the UK Bar Guide.
Naomi is a member of the Community Care Team. Naomi has always been committed to representing vulnerable adults and children and is developing her practice in this area.
Naomi is a member of the Court of Protection Team, drawing on her experience in children and family law and is developing a practice in this area. Naomi is a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association.
Naomi has been legal adviser at Toynbee Hall's Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) in London's East End for a number of years. Between 2009-10 Naomi was a residential volunteer and lived at the Toynbee Hall settlement. As part of this program Naomi volunteered at FLAC, the housing team at Tower Hamlets Law Centre and taught English via the Deesha Literacy Project. Naomi was Highly Commended in the Attorney-General's Pro Bono Awards 2010 for her work at Toynbee Hall and was married at the hall in September 2015.
Naomi now provides in-house training on family law issues to law firms who support the FLAC and was recently invited to speak at the Cleary Gottlieb Women's Working Group. Naomi is also advising the Head of Development at Toynbee Hall in relation to the launch of the FLAC campaign in April 2017.
Naomi has frequently represented people unable to obtain public funding through the Bar Pro Bono Unit and volunteers as a duty barrister at the Central Family Court through the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Naomi brings her experience in public law proceedings, and in particular issues surrounding the use of secure accommodation orders with children and definition of consent. This was an issue in Re T (A Child)  EWCA Civ 2136, which was recently heard in the UK Supreme Court where a decision is awaited. The participation of children in proceedings, the voice of the child and ensuring their rights are protected raise parallel issues between the criminal and family jurisdictions, where best practice and collaboration between practitioners is a strength of the Garden Court Youth Justice & Child Rights team.