Naomi Rees

Naomi Rees

Call 2006

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Naomi is a personal injury and clinical negligence specialist within chambers. Her practice encompasses all elements of litigation and advisory functions, but additionally related aspects of this area of law including inquests, court of protection work, regulatory work and costs.

PERSONAL INJURY

Liability

Naomi has expertise in:

  • Road Traffic Accidents
  • Motorcycle Law
  • Occupiers' Liability (for example playgrounds, hospitals, schools, salons, retail premises)
  • Workplace Regulations (Manual Handling, Operations etc.)
  • Employers’ Liability
  • Defective Machinery
  • Trip/Slip Claims
  • Highway Matters
  • Accidents at School
  • Travel claims

Quantum

Naomi regularly advises on quantum issues and deals with all matters of pleadings including complex schedules of loss incorporating future care claims, future treatment, loss of earnings, loss of pensions, loss of congenial employment and Smith v Manchester awards.

Quantum expertise encompasses:

  • Orthopaedic Injuries and associated treatments including spinal decompression, open reduction and internal fixation, prolapses, strains
  • Psychological trauma, including PTSD, anxiety, depression and adjustment disorder
  • Chronic pain and Fibromyalgia
  • Ophthalmic injuries - including sympathetic ophthalmia, Macular degeneration and trauma injuries
  • Dental injuries
  • Campylobacter, e coli, gastrointestinal cases (food poisoning)
  • Myofascial pain (and CMP)
  • Bowel dysfunction
  • Respiratory disease and associated illnesses
  • Gynecological illnesses and sexual dysfunction

Notably, Naomi has appeared in the following cases:

  • Represented a client sustaining open book fracture of the pelvis and other serious injury following a fall from her flat through a skylight and into the premises of a bank below. Naomi negotiated a significant settlement for the Claimant at the joint settlement meeting which included a considerable claim for future care and loss of earnings
  • Naomi successfully defended a school policy to use indoor gym mats as part of a game of rounders in a case where the Claimant had sustained head injury and brain damage following a fall.
  • Obtained a successful result for a Claimant who slipped and sustained a nasty shoulder injury at a large national UK holiday resort.
  • Represented the Claimant employee of a leisure centre who the Court found had not been given proper training in setting up trampoline equipment leading to lifelong dental treatment and facial scarring
  • In a split trial, Naomi successfully acted on behalf of a Claimant against a local authority in a case where the Claimant contended that the layout of a communal block of flats caused a foreseeable risk of harm.
  • Naomi advised the Claimant on a six figure settlement in a case where liability had been established following the Claimant being kicked in the face by a horse whilst at work. The Claimant required facial plating, intensive dental treatment and received a significant future loss of earnings award.
  • Representing the Defendant motorcyclist, Naomi secured a finding of no liability against her client following a contentiously fought trial which turned on intricate and detailed findings of fact based upon speed of the vehicles involved.
  • Naomi represented a child Claimant who developed alopecia and post traumatic stress disorder following a road traffic accident.

Dental Claims

Naomi has a particular interest in dental claims arising through personal injury and through negligent dental treatment.

Dental cases of interest have included:

  • Quantum matter assessing future cost of treatment after a child Claimant had fallen off his skateboard on account of a pothole. The child Claimant required intermediary dental work, crowns and replacement implants for life.
  • The Claimant suffered negligent dental treatment over a prolonged period under the care of one dentist. Subsequent dental treatment revealed decay which could have been avoided with proper dental care. The Claimant was left with lost teeth requiring implant replacements for life.

Fraud

Naomi is frequently called upon to advise in fraudulent insurance matters including:

  • Exaggerated claims
  • Staged Accidents
  • Low Velocity Impact
  • Phantom Passenger Claims

Naomi has an excellent understanding of the strategies involved in the above types of cases and has lectured on the topic as a whole, and upon recent updates in the law of this area, including costs consequences flowing from fraudulent claims. She provides robust pleadings and provides sensible and comprehensive advice. Naomi is frequently called upon to advise in conference upon these matters and to forensically identify inconsistencies and discrepancies in the evidence.

CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE

Naomi’s particular interest is in clinical negligence claims where she has developed a reputation for her robust and precise pleadings and her ability to synthesize complex medical facts and circumstances with excellence.

She is particularly adept at handling expert witnesses within the litigation setting and to advise upon expert reports and Part 35 questions.

Naomi advises upon the issues of breach and consent, causation, quantum and has argued limitation issues.

Naomi has considerable experience of clinical negligence law having worked previously within the leading team at Kingsley Napley LLP before coming to the Bar. Naomi’s expertise in clinical negligence is:

  • Spinal Injuries – including failure to diagnose disc prolapse leading to emergency decompression surgery and stabilization at a more advanced stage of spinal degeneration
  • Nerve injuries – Primarily nerve degeneration injuries as a result of ENT (injury to the accessory nerve compromising shoulder function).
  • Gallbladder/Appendix – delayed diagnosis, failure to treat and causation arguments.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (and Pulmonary Embolism) – delayed diagnosis, management and treatment arguments.
  • Orthopaedic Injuries:
    Failure to diagnose (Scaphoid, ankle, heel and knee injuries) Failure to remove metalwork
    Negligent surgery (e.g. incorrect internal screw placement leading to increased future risk of degeneration)
  • Neglect – especially in cases involving elderly/vulnerable persons within the hospital environment encompassing issues of consent, pressure sores and inpatient falls.
  • Obstetrics – mental anguish and pain arising out of C-section delivery with insufficient anaesthetic
  • Ophthalmic Injuries – delay in the treatment of Wet Age Related Macular Disorder (Wet AMD) leading to no useful vision remaining in one eye and a risk of future total blindness.

Naomi has additionally had the opportunity of assisting with cases involving:

  • Birth Injuries involving a multi-million pound settlement
  • Meningitis - leading to brain injury of a young child

Naomi’s commitment to clinical negligence and medical law is demonstrated by her membership of AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) and her inclusion in their panel of barristers.

Naomi is a personal injury and clinical negligence specialist within chambers. Her practice encompasses all elements of litigation and advisory functions, but additionally related aspects of this area of law including inquests, court of protection work, regulatory work and costs.

Inquests

Naomi has significant experience of the Coroner’s Court, representing properly interested persons, including families, charitable bodies, public bodies and other lay parties to the proceedings.

Inquests of note have included:

  • Naomi undertook a secondment with Field Fisher, Official Solicitors to the inquests being conducted by Lord Justice Goldring into the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster, to assist with the disclosure exercise.
  • Inquest touching on the death of a marathon runner who died of an ischaemic bowel through dehydration following taking superosmolar sports supplements and ibuprofen
  • Multiple mesothelioma/asbestosis-related inquests
  • Inquest touching on the death of a female who died of deep vein thrombosis and heart condition having suffered a fall at a leading supermarket
  • Multiple RTA inquests including a double inquest touching on the death of a motorcyclist and driver of a 4x4 and inquest into the death of a motorcyclist who died following a collision with a recovery vehicle

Industrial Diseases

Naomi has developed a specialism in relation to asbestosis, mesothelioma and associated conditions where she advises in relation to limitation issues, breach, causation and quantum.

Additionally Naomi frequently advises in matters of noise induced hearing loss where she has an in-depth understanding of the "Coles Guidelines" and advises in relation to limitation, breach, causation and quantum.

Multi-Jurisdictional Work

Having achieved the top first class mark in the Conflicts of Laws (Private International Law) at University, Naomi has always had a keen interest in multi- jurisdictional law and in claims arising out of accidents/negligence abroad.
She has expertise in dealing with claims with an international element and has been instructed in this complex area of law in cases involving jurisdiction issues (where to bring the claim) and choice of law disputes (which law applies to a particular dispute). Naomi has also dealt with cases proceeding under the Motor Insurance Directives.
Naomi has acted for clients in Jersey.

Procedural Matters and Costs

Naomi has advised on issues relating to limitation, technical issues relating to Part 36 offers and their enforceability, amendments to statements of case, summary judgment applications, abuse of process arguments and she has in in-depth knowledge of the costs budgeting process.

News

August 30 2013:

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Academic Qualifications

LLB (Hons) University College London (UCL)

BVC BPP Law School London

Professional Bodies

  • AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents)
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • Western Circuit