"Highly intelligent, she is extremely responsive and unmistakably a leader in her field."
"A highly effective and intelligent advocate…Very approachable. She is remarkably capable, has an eye for detail and is fiercely intelligent.”
"Mature, lucid and excellent on her feet, giving opponents a run for their money time after time. Clients further report that 'she is a delight to deal with.'"
Naomi is joint Head of Littleton Chambers. One of the leading practitioners in the fields of employment, commercial and professional negligence law,‘first class advocate’, Naomi has won a raft of plaudits from clients, judges and legal directories since she was called to the Bar in 1992. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010; amongst the most junior to be appointed in that year. Naomi is regarded as a clear-thinking, formidable advocate and a creative lawyer and tactician. She has a flair for putting people at their ease.
Legal directories have variously recognised Naomi’s ‘superb’skill in cross-examination and her ‘bright and commercial’ attitude, as well as her strong reputation as a ‘punchy advocate, recognised for her ability to assimilate large quantities of information’ who ‘will go that extra mile’ for her clients and ‘never fails to impress’. She ‘achieves success through her successful interaction with clients’ and has ‘excellent advocacy skills - great on her feet, she never concedes a point’. Naomi is ‘thoroughly prepared and tenaciously executes her advocacy without arrogance’. ‘Clients are "lost in admiration” for Naomi Ellenbogen. This "strong and tremendously courteous advocate” has many fans’. Naomi is ‘very strong’, ‘a pleasure to work with’ and ‘user-friendly’. ‘She has a fantastic grasp of detail and is a tenacious advocate.’
In commercial law, Naomi comes ‘highly recommended’, ‘singled out by major firms’. She is ‘seen by top firms as an approachable and able commercial practitioner’ and counts blue-chip financial institutions and insurers amongst her clients. Over many years, she has been cited as an expert in this field in the Legal Experts guide. She has been identified as a ‘prominent practitioner’ in the field of professional negligence.
Naomi is an accredited mediator, experienced in mediating complex and high value disputes in all her areas of practice. Recent feedback includes, ‘Thank you very much for your role yesterday, which you performed breathtakingly well. I am absolutely convinced we would have drawn up stumps before lunchtime without you.’ and, ‘Reaching settlement was undoubtedly down to your excellent mediation skills… [Solicitors and Counsel] were very impressed with how you managed the whole situation, and I don’t think we would have ever settled this case without you (we had been trying for over 6 months!). Thank you again, we are truly grateful.’.
Naomi is the General Editor of Butterworths Employment Law: Practice, Procedure & Precedents, Fifth Edition.
Naomi is Vice-Chairman of the Bar Standards Board. Between 2011 and 2015 she held the position of Barrister Vice-Chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board. She is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn and a Recorder of the Crown Court.
Naomi’s practice sees her undertake work across a wide variety of business sectors. She has particular experience within the financial services, insurance, legal and property sectors. Naomi regularly acts for and advises firms of solicitors, accountants and other professionals, together with professional and regulatory bodies, in internal disputes and litigation to which they themselves are parties. Naomi also works extensively with clients in the healthcare, local government and education sectors.
Naomi attended King David High School in Liverpool, before gaining an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford (New College).
Naomi undertakes a wide range of employment litigation in courts, tribunals and mediation. She regularly appears in appellate courts and tribunals. She is the General Editor of a leading practitioner text.
A specialist in all forms of discrimination law, Naomi has been involved in a wide variety of discrimination cases and is adept at dealing pragmatically with the wider commercial concerns and sensitivities which they can generate; for example, arising from adverse publicity and press coverage.
Over many years, she has acted for numerous solicitors’ practices and sets of chambers, advising and defending their interests in connection with claims of sex, race, religion and belief, disability and age discrimination. Naomi frequently acts for universities, educational institutions and NHS Trusts, defending the discrimination claims which they face. Naomi is regularly called upon to advise employers and professional bodies as to the content of their anti-discrimination policies.
Recent examples of Naomi’s work in this area include:
Naomi is recognised as a leading expert in all aspects of equal pay law and has contributed to the re-shaping of the law in this area.
Since 2002, Naomi has been instructed by a large number of NHS Trusts, local authorities and private sector organisations in mass equal pay litigation across the country.Amongst other Trusts, Naomi has acted for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (formerly, North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) in the largest piece of equal pay litigation in Europe (as measured by volume and value of claims). Notable cases in this area include:
Naomi is acting for one of the ‘big four’ national supermarket chains in connection with equal pay claims brought against it across the country.
Naomi has considerable experience and expertise in this area:
Naomi’s practice encompasses all forms of business and commercial dispute. She has particular expertise in the inter-relationship between employment and commercial law. As a result, she is frequently instructed in cases in which employment disputes have arisen against a background of disputes relating to commercial transactions.
Naomi has acted for individuals of high net worth in commercial arbitrations, as well as in the High Court, and is experienced in complex claims involving breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, frequently involving injunctive relief and expedited trials.
By way of example, Naomi:
Naomi has been recognised as a prominent practitioner in the field of professional negligence, in which she has wide experience. She has a particular expertise in those cases in which the alleged negligence arises in an employment or commercial context. In the raft of litigation which followed the property crash of the 1990’s, as a very young junior, Naomi undertook a large volume of work for and against lending institutions, solicitors and surveyors and gained a reputation as a ‘rising star’ and skilled tactician who punched above her weight.
Naomi has built upon and consolidated that reputation ever since and is instructed by financial institutions, surveyors, solicitors, barristers, insurance brokers, accountants, trades union and individuals in this area of law both in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal.
Recent instructions include those to: