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"Naomi Angell is a highly esteemed practitioner who is highlighted as "a leader in the field" and "extremely knowledgeable" by interviewees. She is particularly recognised for her experience in complex adoption disputes."

Chambers & Partners Directory 2020, Naomi Angell

Naomi Angell

Naomi Angell is a consultant at Osbornes Law and heads their adoption surrogacy and fertility law unit.

She specialises in intercountry and domestic adoption, international and domestic surrogacy, fertility law and children’s cases with an immigration interface.

Naomi is recognised as a leader in her field in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories.

She advises and represents children, birth parents and extended family members, intended parents in surrogacy cases, adopters and foster parents.  In addition she advises and acts as an expert witness to local authorities, foreign courts, lawyers and organisations involved in cross border children’s cases.

Naomi combines her case work with involvement with family policy, working to bring about changes in law and practice that she can see from her cases are necessary.

In 1981, the International Year of the Child, Naomi set up the Children’s Legal Centre and, in 2013, was invited to take up the position of Patron at the centre.

Naomi has been a member of many influential national committees including chairing the Family Law Committee of the Law Society and the Faster Family Justice Committee at the Law Society. In addition, she chaired a panel for one of the leading national adoption agencies.

Naomi is currently a member of:

  • The Law Society’s Children’s Law sub-committee
  • Working group aiming to establish a dedicated new court for migrant & trafficked children which crosses these children’s involvement  in family, crime and immigration law
  • Expert working group concerned with children in care being placed abroad for adoption or other forms of permanency.

Naomi regularly briefs and gives evidence to committees of both Houses of Parliament on family law, access to justice issues and practice issues relating to adoption law. She also writes, lectures and contributes to the media.

Naomi was the recipient of the Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law at The Family Law Awards 2015.

She is ranked in Chambers and Partners as a Senior Statesperson in cross border children’s law.

Naomi Angell is the first person whom applicant adopters should go to for foreign adoption advice,” according to sources, and she is also described as “hugely experienced, calm and a good listener.” She continues to expand her practice in international surrogacy work”


May 2020 – The Law Society Gazette, Why race should not be the overriding factor when adopting a child

What the directories say:

Naomi Angell is a leading name in international adoption”

Legal 500 2019

Naomi Angell is a leading figure in domestic and inter-country adoptions, and also has expert knowledge of related fertility and surrogacy issues.”

 Naomi Angell is phenomenal. She’s done it for so long and knows so much that she’s a fount of knowledge. If Naomi doesn’t know something, it isn’t worth knowing.”

 Naomi Angell is one of the country’s foremost specialists in domestic and international adoption issues. She is also noted for her experience in surrogacy and broader fertility work. Sources say that she definitely knows her onions when it comes to matters involving bringing children into the country.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

Naomi Angell ‘continues to be one of the most experienced adoption and surrogacy lawyers around.”

Legal 500 2017

Naomi Angell is the doyenne of inter-country adoption and the font of all knowledge in this area.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

“Highly respected for her [Naomi Angell] focused on cross-border children work, including surrogacy matters.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

“Naomi Angell advises on international adoptions and complex surrogacy matters. She is commended for her “broad, in-depth experience.”
Chambers & Partners 2015

“Naomi Angell leads the market in cross-border children law matters. Sources confirm that she is “at the cutting edge of changing law and policy” when it comes to international adoption”.
Chambers & Partners 2014

“Naomi is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable solicitors on adoption law generally and inter-country adoptions in particular. She is at the forefront of charitable work and policymaking relating to adoption and private law children cases”.
Chambers & Partners 2013

International adoption specialist Naomi Angell “is the first person whom applicant adopters should go to for foreign adoption advice,” according to sources, and she is also described as “hugely experienced, calm and a good listener.”
Chambers & Partners 2012 legal directory

Inter-country adoptions and surrogacy expert Naomi Angell is ‘a highly skilled and competent practitioner’.
Legal 500 2012


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