Naomi Candlin is an accredited mediator with the Civil Mediation Council. She has extensive experience both as a mediator and as a mediation advocate. With her background in property and private client, cohabitation and Inheritance Act claims, she is particularly suited to mediating disputes in these areas. She encourages parties to consider a framework of settlement before the mediation starts so that early progress can be made on the day with resolution of the dispute achieved in almost all cases.
Naomi was appointed Deputy District Judge in 2019 and in this capacity conducts Financial Dispute Resolution hearings. With this expertise, she is also able to act as an evaluator in private FDRs in any dispute which is suited to such a process but in particular, inheritance act and cohabitation disputes, contentious probate and financial remedy.
Naomi was appointed court examiner in 2017 and reappointed in 2023. She is regularly instructed to oversee the taking of depositions and cross-examination of witnesses before trial.
As a barrister, Naomi was an appointee of the Government Legal Department’s panel of regional counsel from 2007 (appointed A panel member from 2015). In that capacity, she advised the Secretaries of State for Justice, Transport, and Communities and Local Government on issues relating to property, planning and judicial review.
Naomi is a member of the Midlands Commercial and Chancery Bar Association and the Dispute Resolution Agency. She is an advocacy trainer and mentor at Lincoln’s Inn.
Naomi accepts instructions in the full range of contentious probate and trust matters, including the construction and validity of wills, duties of executors, the appointment and removal of trustees, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, actions for breach of trust in the administration of estates, claims for rectification of wills; and claims based on common intention trusts, proprietary estoppel and the Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Naomi also has a substantial Court of Protection practice focusing on Property and Affairs including applications for the appointment of deputies and for statutory wills. She frequently represents clients at both mediations and the increasingly popular court-based FDRs. She frequently delivers seminars within Chambers and in-house to solicitors on topics related to wills trusts and probate.
Naomi’s broad real estate practice covers all types of real property and landlord and tenant disputes and also incorporates significant expertise in town and country planning and business rating. She regularly advises and represents in respect of matters concerning boundaries and easements, restrictive covenants, mortgages, land registration, rectification, co-ownership disputes, trespass, nuisance and party wall matters. She has recently delivered a talk to the Property Law Association on the evidential burden in establishing easements by prescription. In respect of Landlord and Tenant, she is familiar with both commercial and residential matters and is regularly instructed in respect of lease renewals, breach of covenant, service charges, relief from forfeiture and dilapidation claims. She advises in respect of long residential leases and enfranchisement and has appeared in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. As an appointee of the Government Legal Department’s panel of regional counsel since 2007 (re-appointed 2010 and 2015), Naomi has variously advised the Secretaries of State for Justice, Transport, and Communities and Local Government on issues arising from the management of ministerial property, and represented them at planning enquiries in respect of the green belt, conservation areas and sites of archaeological interest, and at appeals to the High Court. She has advised and represented the landlord in respect of the liability of a large national charity to pay business rates at a hospital outlet.
The Queen (On the application of Sensar Limited and Azdar Limited) v The Chief Land Registrar  EWHC 888 (Admin): challenge to refusal to register a restriction pursuant to a joint venture agreement.
San Investments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 2830 (Admin): challenge to the refusal of permission to convert commercial units in the Jewellery Quarter, a Conservation Area, to residential use.
Kershaw v Roberts  EWHC 1037 (Ch);  1 All E.R. 734;  3 Costs L.R. 536;  W.T.L.R. 1395; (2014) 158(16) S.J.L.B. 57: case management hearings and cost budgeting for Part 8 claims.
Infocus Public Networks Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 3309 (Admin);  J.P.L. 1048;  N.P.C. 2: appeal pursuant to section 289(1) Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in respect of enforcement action against the installation of telephone kiosks in the City of London.
Ashcroft v Bradford & Bingley Plc Court of Appeal  EWCA Civ 223:  2 P. & C.R. 13;  N.P.C. 30: claim for repayment of an outstanding mortgage debt was not time-barred as time had started to run again under s29(5) Limitation Act 1980.
Regional A Panel Counsel, appointed 2007, re-appointed 2010 and 2015
Regional Representative of the Bar International Committee 2016
Examiner of the Court 2017
Accredited Mediator 2018
Deputy District Judge 2019
Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association (MCCBA)