Naomi Gilchrist Homicide (Murder and Manslaughter)

Call: 1996

Introduction

Naomi began her professional career as a solicitor at what is now a national and international law firm where she practiced in regulatory work, licensing/gaming and white collar crime. She transferred to the Bar in 1996 and has been a specialist advocate in those fields ever since. Her background as a solicitor gives her a rare understanding from the perspective of the professional client and is just one of her unique selling points. She places great importance on understanding the inner workings of law firms and the pressures faced therein and more recently took a secondment within the regulatory department of a tier 1 law firm.

Naomi’s experience is considerable and wide-ranging. She regularly deals with high profile complex matters. Her approach is user friendly yet professional and meticulous. She has a razor-sharp legal mind and is an extremely persuasive advocate. Her flexible manner makes her equally effective in front of the varied types of tribunal encountered in these fields, from the Magistrates Court to the Administrative Court and before disciplinary panels.

She is regularly instructed to defend in privately funded cases in all courts across the country and has a reputation for being commercially minded and cost sensitive. She encourages the use of fixed / capped fees where appropriate providing certainty of costs for clients.

What the Directories Say:

  • “She prepares well and is extremely client friendly.” and “A very safe pair of hands.” – Legal 500 2019
  • “Very client-friendly, extremely capable in court and very thorough. Clients love her. She puts a lot of time into cases.” – Chambers UK 2019
  • “Her advocacy style is fearless yet appealing to judge and jury.” – Legal 500
  • Unshakably confident and firm in advocacy.“, “A great lawyer, who is to the point, economical and realistic.” – Legal 500
  • A former solicitor whose heavyweight crime practice is highlighted by solicitors due to her exemplary client care skills. She defends and prosecutes in cases ranging from white-collar crime to regulatory offences.” – Chambers & Partners
  • She is extremely client focused and an extremely good advocate.“; “She provides a top service to solicitors” – Chambers & Partners
  • She has a head for tactics, and is a good all-rounder.“; and “(she is) someone going very far indeed, almost certainly to silk and then to the Bench” – Chambers & Partners
  • (She is) meticulous in her preparation.” and “(she) has exceptionally good judgment, persuasive arguments and impressive cross examination skills.” – Legal 500

Homicide (Murder and Manslaughter)

R v Hill & Others:High profile complex contract killing. Victim shot as he lay in bed. 6 men charged with murder. Co defendant, Anslow, escaped from prison van on route to a court hearing as a result of an organised ambush upon the van. Sparked international manhunt. Jury protection issues. [defence ,Led]

 R v Ali - high profile and brutal murder of two sisters. Extremely sensitive issues involved. Vast and complex scientific evidence. Complicated hearsay and bad character issues relating to earlier complaints made by one of the deceased [prosecution, led]

R v Walters - murder of police officer by member of the ‘Burger bar’. Involved numerous issues relating to RIPA 2000, arguments in relation to admissibility of covert recordings carried outin police cells/in prison, PII, cell site analysis and other complex expert evidence [prosecution, led]

R v Khan, Khan & another - three defendants charged with murder; drug/gang related [defence, led]

R v Belle & others - defendants charged with gang related revenge stabbing murder [defence, led]

R v Kennedy - woman charged with the murder of her six year old daughter by strangling her with a skipping rope. Issue, diminished responsibility [prosecution, alone against QC]

R v Cross - baby killing involving complex medical evidence [prosecution, led]

R v Powell - woman charged with murdering her partner [prosecution, led]

R v Louden - manslaughter [prosecution, leading junior]

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