Ranked as a Rising Star in The Legal 500 (2023)
‘One to watch – she is able to deal with complex matters in an efficient manner, is very knowledgeable, and her court craft is wonderfully balanced. An advocate who is fully committed to her role and it shows – pure class.’ The Legal 500 (2023)
Naomi is an experienced and established advocate in the inquest arena. Naomi is regularly instructed to represent a range of interested parties including public bodies, private companies, individuals, and families. She has a wealth of experience in both jury inquests and Article 2 inquests.
Naomi is experienced in providing representation at both inquests and pre-inquests reviews. She quickly identifies issues to ensure effective case management such as the necessity of expert evidence and the management of potential Regulation 28 (Reports to Prevent Future Deaths) issues. Naomi is happy to advise in conference at any stage of the proceedings.
Naomi is also regularly instructed on behalf of healthcare providers within prisons and so has extensive experience of prison inquests as a result and from her work as a ‘Junior Junior’ for the Government Legal Department. She is familiar with processes unique to the prison system such as the ACCT process
Naomi regularly appears in a broad range of inquests in the Coroner’s Court including those involving deaths in care homes, hospitals or potentially involved medical malpractice. She is able to identify and remain focussed on the relevant issues in complex cases.
Naomi’s meticulous preparation ensures that her clients receive pragmatic and targeted advice to ensure the best outcome for them in the sometimes difficult inquest process.
Naomi provides seminars and lectures on Coronial law, having recently provided a seminar to over 100 delegates.
- An inquest following the death of a care home resident after they fell from a window on the first floor of the building. Naomi represented the care home.
- An inquest following the death of an individual involving extensive and acute pressure sores.
- An inquest touching upon the death of a supported living resident following the ingestion by them of cleaning fluid. The issues were the procedure surrounding the storage and use of the cleaning products, and the delay taken in calling the emergency services. Naomi represented the supported living provider.
- An inquest touching upon the death of a young person with complex physical and mental health issues. Naomi represented the attending paramedic who amended the records following his contact with the deceased.
- An inquest touching upon the death of a patient in hospital following the failure to identify an acute haemorrhage on the brain. Naomi represented the radiology company who were engaged in reviewing scans.
- An inquest touching upon the death of a care home resident. Concerns were raised over the medication procedure in the care home and the communication between the care home and the relevant GP practice.
- An inquest touching upon the death of a student in student accommodation. Naomi represented the University. Issues included the contact between the student and the university and policies and procedures surrounding mental health wellbeing.
- An inquest touching upon the death of a passenger at an airport abroad. Concerns were raised about the process following the disembarkation of passengers and the policies/procedures in place to assist passengers abroad. Naomi represented the airline.
- An inquest following the death of a patient in hospital following the administration of a morphine overdose. Naomi represented the nurse who administered the dose.
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Naomi appears in both public and private children law matters in the Family Court and High Court. She has a wealth of experience in the wide-ranging matters that fall within the family jurisdiction.
Trial Judge, 2018: ‘Miss McLoughlin dealt with the matter in a way which reflected abilities far beyond her year of call.’
Instructing Solicitor, 2018: ‘Naomi did a fantastic job, not only with her advocacy but in her interaction with the client and keeping me informed throughout.’
Solicitor recommendation, 2022: ‘Naomi did an impressive job, making the best arguments she could and approached the matter with sound judgment.’
Judicial comment, Circuit Judge 2022: ‘Miss McLoughlin produced written documents which are models of their kind.’
Naomi is an experienced practitioner who is regularly instructed by all parties in complex cases involving non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, significant neglect, substance misuse, psychological or psychiatric evidence, domestic abuse, relinquished babies, human rights applications, applications under the inherent jurisdiction and jurisdictional issues. She has experience representing parents, children, interveners and local authorities, and is experienced in working with vulnerable adults and those affected by disability.
Naomi has particular experience in DOLs applications before the High Court including cases which involve chemical restraint, the exercise of parental responsibility and serious medical treatment. Naomi regularly attends the national DOLs Court.
Naomi is also happy to receive instructions to advise on issues in respect of care proceedings and any matters relating to care proceedings such as human rights act applications.
Naomi is regularly instructed to represent parents and children (through their Guardian) where there are disputes over child arrangements. She has a wealth of experience representing parents in both finding of fact hearings and final hearings. She is committed to ensuring clients achieve the best possible outcome and is known for her thorough preparation of the cases she deals with.
Naomi’s approachable and friendly manner ensures she is able to provide clear advice to both solicitors and lay clients. Naomi is regularly instructed to represent clients who are young, vulnerable and/or present with learning difficulties or lack capacity. Naomi is committed to ensuring the best outcome for her clients and clients can be assured that Naomi will know their case thoroughly and that the client’s priorities will be understood and kept central to the presentation of their case.
Naomi may accept public access work where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.
Naomi regularly provides training for local authorities and other professional organisations. She is available to provide bespoke training.
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Naomi is deputy head of the Court of Protection and Adult Care team. She regularly appears in cases involving welfare decisions and deprivations of liberty, including reviews under s21A Mental Capacity Act. She is also experienced in financial Court of Protection matters including removal of attorneys and deputies, and is confident in advising on issues relating to trusts. She also has an established advisory practice on issues relating to the Court of Protection and Adult Care including but not limited to Care Act issues, ordinary residence and the interplay between the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.
She has experience representing the full range of parties in proceedings including local authorities, ICBs, NHS trusts and the Official Solicitor. She is able to deal with the complex and diverse issues which arise in the Court of Protection thoughtfully and achieve a successful outcome for the client.
Naomi has a detailed knowledge of the law and procedure involved in the Court of Protection and she has the ability to communicate to all clients in a clear and simple manner. Her approach is practical and sensitive to the issues which arise. She has fantastic attention to detail and ensures that a collaborative approach to the issues is maintained.
Her practice is complimented by a secondment for the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group where she regularly advised on Court of Protection matters.
Her experience in the family division means that she has a wealth of experience in inherent jurisdiction cases including whether the transference of proceedings to the Court of Protection.
Naomi is happy to advise at any stage of proceedings. Any paperwork can be turned around quickly and efficiently, and is detailed and persuasive.
Naomi was recently a co-author for an article in the Family Law Journal (published 1 June 2023) entitled ‘A paternalistic approach to capacity: who ‘controls’ when someone may take their own life?’