Naomi Webber

Year of Call: 2017
Email Address: naomi.webber@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01865 793 736

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Overview

Naomi 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.

Expertise

  • Employment and discrimination
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    Naomi has a busy employment practice, regularly appearing in tribunals nationwide for claimants and respondents. She has acted in cases involving unfair dismissal (including automatic unfair dismissal and constructive unfair dismissal), discrimination (including direct and indirect discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments, harassment and victimisation), unlawful deduction from wages, worker status, redundancy, and strike out. To date this has included:

    • A number of multi day hearings, including a five-day final hearing
    • Regular preliminary hearings
    • Successfully negotiating a £30,000 settlement for a claimant in judicial mediation

    Naomi also has a growing paperwork practice, and has advised on prospects for unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and sexual harassment.

    Naomi has a particular interest in discrimination law, inside and outside the employment field. She has recently written articles on the Court of Appeal decisions of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd, Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall [2019] EWCA Civ 900 (whether the shared parental leave provisions discriminate against men), R (Z & A) v London Borough of Hackney and Agudas Israel Housing Association Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1099 (whether an orthodox Jewish housing association discriminated against non-Jews) and Gray v Mulberry Company (design) Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1720 (whether a belief in the moral importance of copyright a ‘philosophical belief’).

    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.

    Publications

    • Discrimination by Association: a piece of cake? (2017) City Law School Journal (Comment on Lee v McArthur & Ors)

    Publications

    • 8th Nov 2019

      Is a belief in the moral importance of copyright a 'philosophical belief'? Naomi Webber analyses Gray v Mulberry [2019] EWCA Civ 1720

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    • 7th Jun 2019

      Shared parental leave – Discrimination against men? Naomi Webber analyses Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd, Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall [2019] EWCA Civ 900

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  • Education
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    Naomi has a growing practice in education law. During pupillage, she spent time shadowing John Friel in complex EHCP appeals. She has since appeared in the SEN tribunal herself, including acting for parents in EHCP appeals and for a school in a discrimination claim, and has clerked for admissions appeals panel.

    Prior to pupillage, she 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

    • Dr Rob George with Naomi Webber, International Rights of the Child (University of London, 2018)
    • 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)

Academic qualifications

  • 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

Scholarships

  • Inner Temple Exhibition Award, 2016

Professional bodies

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

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