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Naomi Ling is a specialist in employment law and pensions law.
She is recognised for her expertise and experience in both fields, particularly in areas where there is overlap between the two disciplines. She is especially rated for her strong client skills, excellent judgment and meticulous preparation.
In employment law Naomi represents both employers and employees across the full spectrum of employment law issues. She is regularly in the Employment tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, County Court and High Court, and has appeared both led and unled in the Court of Appeal.
Recent cases of note include the landmark case of Abdulla v Birmingham City Council, led by Andrew Short QC, in the Supreme Court, and subsequently a large number of equal pay claims in the high court following the success of the Claimants in Abdulla.
She is currently instructed to represent almost 200 judges in their claims of age, sex and race discrimination in the provision of pensions by the MoJ, again led by Andrew Short QC.
In pensions law Naomi acts for employers, trustees, employees and statutory authorities on a range of different issues. Her caseload includes claims for professional negligence arising out of failed amendments to pension schemes, claims for rectification of pension trust deeds and rules, claims relating to the construction of trust documentation, statutory provisions and employment contracts, and numerous claims relating to individual entitlements.
She has a particular interest in public sector schemes and issues and is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers’ Public Sector sub-committee.
Naomi was appointed to the B Panel of the Attorney General’s Counsel to the Crown in 2013 and also undertakes public law work in her areas of specialism.
Employment & Discrimination
Naomi is an extremely experienced employment law practitioner with a busy advocacy and advisory practice. She appears regularly for both claimants and respondents including NHS Trusts, government departments, financial institutions, charities, and retail organisations.
Her claimant work includes a strong strain of trade union related work and she has appeared before the Central Arbitration Committee.
Naomi is experienced in discrimination law issues and is currently instructed to represent almost 200 judges in their claims for age, sex and race discrimination in the provision of pension by the Ministry of Justice, led by Andrew Short QC. The issues involve the direct effect of EU law and the jurisdiction of the Employment Tribunal to hear the claims.
Age and disability discrimination claims are of particular interest to her given their frequent intersection with pensions issues. Naomi has also fought numerous whistleblowing claims including successfully resisting an application for interim relief on behalf of a charity in 2015.
Recent appearances in the Employment Appeal tribunal include the cases of Habinteg Housing Association Ltd v Holleron  UKEAT 0274/14/BA (relating to the correct application of the burden of proof in harassment cases), and University College London NHS Trust v Thorbourne  UKEAT/0299/14/BA (on a range of disability discrimination issues).
Naomi is also experienced in contractual employment claims, appearing in two cases which have reached the Court of Appeal. In the case of RSA Consulting Ltd & Or v Evans  ICR 37 she appeared successfully for the Claimant in an appeal relating to the strike out of her claim for breach of contract in a complex ‘quadripartite’ relationship. In the important case of Garratt v Mirror Group Newspapers  ICR 880 she appeared unled in the County Court and then in the Court of Appeal, led by Andrew Short QC, in a claim relating to the incorporation of a collective agreement and the implication of terms by way of conduct and custom. In Southern Cross Healthcare Co Ltd v Perkins & Ors  IRLR 247 she appeared unled in the Court of Appeal on the question of whether the Employment Tribunal had jurisdiction to interpret contracts of employment.
In 2012 Naomi appeared, again led by Andrew Short QC, in the landmark case of Abdulla v Birmingham City Council  ICR 1419 in which it was successfully argued that a claim for equal pay brought in the high court could not be struck out if limitation had expired in the Employment Tribunal. Following on from that success she has appeared in numerous multi-claimant claims for equal pay in the High Court.
Her other civil court work, both advocacy and advisory, includes actions relating to the provisions of goods and services, Beckmann claims relating to the payment of early retirement rights following a TUPE transfer, claims for bonus, claims arising out of negligent references and post-employment restrictive covenants and claims for springboard relief.
Appointments & Memberships
- Association of Pension Lawyers
- Discrimination Law Association
- Employment Law Bar Association
- Employment Law Association
- Industrial Law Society
Areas of Law
- Employment & Discrimination
- Law In Sport
- Pensions & Trusts
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law
“A tenacious advocate.” Pensions, Legal 500 2017
“She is clever, hardworking and knowledgeable.” Employment, Legal 500 2017
“She’s very thorough and user-friendly.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She’s very bright and super-reliable.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She is on top of her stuff, calm and confident in her advocacy and is unfazed in tribunal.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She is very bright, very good with clients and very responsive.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She has a robust and reassuring presence in court.” Pensions, Legal 500 2016
“She is always thoroughly prepared and instils confidence in clients through her knowledge of their case.” Employment, Legal 500 2016
“She is intellectually fearsome whilst also being personable and accessible – it’s a crucial mix at the modern Bar.”, “One of her big strengths is her ability to cut through a large amount of information to sift out what’s relevant.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2015
“Very knowledgeable and always prepared to put in unsocial hours and days to get the job done.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2015
“She can think on her feet and is always meticulously prepared.” Employment, Legal 500 2015
“Highly regarded for entitlements and pensions negligence.” Pensions, Legal 500 2015
“She gets on very well with clients and is very good at tailoring her advice to suit the particular needs of the client.”, “She is very good at managing fact-heavy cases.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2014
“Extremely diligent, clear and authoritative.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2014
“Achieves excellent results.” Employment, Legal 500 2014
Naomi Ling “Explains complex legislation in a way that is easy for clients to understand.” Pensions, Legal 500 2014
Naomi Ling is noted for her “very good judgement, and extremely thorough approach.” Employment, Legal 500 2013
Naomi Ling exhibits “great attention to detail, and is always prepared to put in the hours to get a job done.” Pensions, Legal 500 2013
Highlighted as a name to watch, Naomi Ling inspires “complete confidence.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2013
“Garnering praise is Naomi Ling, whom market observers applaud for her technical expertise in pensions work and strong client facing skills.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2012
Naomi Ling gives “very clear advice.” ” Pensions, Legal 500 2012
“Good response times and well thought-through advice.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2011
Naomi Ling is an “excellent junior who gets to the heart of the issue very quickly.” Pensions, Legal 500 2011
“Extremely effective and a star in the making.” Pensions Legal 500 2010