Naomi Webber > Chambers of David Berkley QC > Oxford, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Berkley QC
3PB
3PB OXFORD, 23 BEAUMONT STREET
OXFORD
OX1 2NP
England

Work Department

Employment and Discrimination; Education; Personal Injury; Public and Regulatory; Commercial

Position

Naomi Webber joined 3PB following the successful completion of her pupillage in October 2019. She is based in the Oxford centre.

Naomi accepts instructions in all areas of civil law, with a particular interest in employment, education and public law.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Naomi worked as a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal, and as a teaching fellow and research assistant at University College London and the University of Oxford.

Outside of law, Naomi enjoys running, cycling and baking.

EMPLOYMENT AND DISCRIMINATION

Naomi Webber has a busy employment practice. She has experience acting for claimants and respondents in preliminary hearings, multi-day final hearings, and judicial mediation. She also has a growing paperwork practice, and has advised on claims in both the Employment Tribunal and County Court.

Naomi’s practice covers a wide range of employment law. She has advised and acted in claims involving:

  • Unfair dismissal (including automatic unfair dismissal and constructive unfair dismissal)
  • All forms of discrimination (direct and indirect discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments, and harassment)
  • Whistleblowing
  • Equal pay
  • Unlawful deduction from wages
  • Worker status
  • Redundancy
  • National Minimum Wage
  • Breach of contract (in the Employment Tribunal and County Court)

Naomi’s background in university teaching means she is willing and able to provide training in a range of areas of employment law. She regularly presents case law updates and contributes to the 3PB Employment and Discrimination newsletter.

Prior to pupillage, Naomi worked as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal, where she worked on a number of ground-breaking employment cases, in areas including National Minimum Wage, whistleblowing, territorial jurisdiction, and harassment.

EDUCATION

Naomi Webber has a growing practice in education law. She regularly acts for parents, local authorities and schools in EHCP appeals and discrimination claims. She also acts as a clerk for admissions appeals and independent review panels (school exclusions).

Her background in university teaching means she is willing and able to provide training in a range of areas of education law. She has provided training to local authorities on EHCPs.

Prior to pupillage, Naomi worked as a research assistant at the University of Oxford, examining the effect of the 2012 changes to the law of school exclusions.

Naomi has a particular interest in religion in education and wrote her masters’ dissertation on whether children have a right to a secular education.

Publications

  • Lucinda Ferguson and Naomi Webber, School Exclusion and the Law: A Literature Review and Scoping Survey of Practice (Department of Education, University of Oxford, January 2015)

PERSONAL INJURY

Naomi Webber appears regularly nationwide in the County Court in small claims and fast track, acting for Claimants and Defendants.

Her county court experience includes:

  • Small claims matters encompassing credit hire, contractual disputes and road traffic accidents
  • Fast track personal injury claims, including those with allegations of fundamental dishonesty and low velocity impact
  • Procedurally complex interim applications, including strike out, default judgment and disclosure
  • Infant settlement approval hearings
  • MOJ stage 3 hearings
  • Advice on quantum and interim applications

Naomi has a particular interest in personal injury in the employment and education spheres. She has advised on personal injury claims in the employment tribunal.

PUBLIC AND REGULATORY

Naomi Webber accepts instructions through the Government Legal Department junior junior scheme. She has a particular interest in public law in the education context.

As a judicial assistant at the Court of Appeal, Naomi worked on a range of public law matters including immigration, asylum, human rights, school transport and the public sector equality duty.

COMMERCIAL

Naomi Webber acts in a wide range of contractual matters in the County Court. To date she has advised and appeared for small businesses and individuals in matters including unpaid invoices, disputes over quality of work, consumer credit and costs.

Overlapping with her employment practice, she regularly advises Claimants and Defendants on breach of contract in the employment context.

As part of her education law practice, Naomi also has a particular interest in contractual matters in the school and university settings, and is keen to increase her instructions in this area.

Career

Year of call 2017

Memberships

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Education Law Association (ELAS)
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA

Education

  • Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School, 2016-17
  • LLM in Law, University College London, 2015-16
  • BA Jurisprudence (Law), Worcester College, University of Oxford, 2011-2014
  • Inner Temple Exhibition Award, 2016