Isabel was called to the Bar in 2015 and undertook a successful pupillage at Blackstone Chambers.  She is currently working abroad and will return to practice at Blackstone Chambers in the early Autumn of 2017. Her CV and details of areas of experience can be found below.

Before coming to the bar, Isabel worked as a caseworker for Justice Project Pakistan, providing pro bono representation to persons facing the death penalty in Pakistan.  Isabel also taught jurisprudence and property law at the University of Glasgow and equity and trusts and contract law at Birkbeck College, University of London.  She is the author of Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan (London: Jonathan Cape, 2016) which won the Saltire First Book Award 2016 and was an Economist and Spectator book of the year 2016.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Isabel has experience assisting her pupil supervisors in a range of civil liberties and human rights work.  She has acted for claimants and respondents on both common law human rights claims and claims brought under the European Convention of Human Rights.

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Public International Law

During her pupillage, Isabel gained experience of public international law.  She appeared before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on a constitutional appeal from the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago and provided advice as to the effect of international humanitarian law.  Prior to coming to the bar, Isabel worked on litigation brought in the Lahore High Court which challenged the detention of Pakistani detainees in Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan. 

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Public & Regulatory

During pupillage, Isabel gained experience in a wide range of public and regulatory work.  She has acted for both claimants and respondents and has appeared, assisting her supervisors, before the High Court and Court of Appeal.

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Commercial

During pupillage, Isabel gained experience in a range of commercial work.  Assisting her pupil supervisors, she appeared before the High Court in claims in both tort and contract. 

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Employment

Isabel has experience assisting her pupil supervisors in a wide range of employment cases, acting for both claimants and respondents before the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.  Many of the matters Isabel worked on are confidential and so not referred to here, or are only referred to with client names anonymized.

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Sport

During pupillage Isabel gained experience in a wide range of sports cases.  Assisting her pupil supervisors, she acted for both players/athletes and sports governing bodies.  She appeared before first instance and appellate regulatory tribunals and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Media & Entertainment

During pupillage, Isabel gained experience of media and entertainment law and appeared before the Copyright Tribunal assisting James Segan.

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Telecommunications

Isabel gained some experience of telecommunications law during her pupillage (assisting James Segan).

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EU & Competition

During her pupillage, Isabel gained experience of EU and competition law, assisting James Segan.

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Achievements

Education

LLB (Hons) (Glasgow): First Class; MRes (Glasgow): Distinction; Kennedy Scholar (Harvard); BPTC (BPP): Outstanding, third in year

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn, 2015)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn, 2014)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2013)
  • Kennedy Memorial Scholarship (Kennedy Memorial Trust, 2012)
  • Reprieve Fellowship (Reprieve, 2011)
  • Theodore David Lowe Prize (Glasgow University, 2009)

Publications

  • Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan (London: Jonathan Cape, 2016), winner of the Saltire First Book Award 2016 and an Economist and Spectator book of the year 2016.
  • ‘Torture in Pakistan: A Lawyer’s Handbook’ (Lahore: Pakistan’s Parliamentarians’ Commission for Human Rights and Open Society Foundations, 2012)

Other relevant experience

  • Prior to joining Chambers, Isabel worked in Pakistan as a caseworker for Justice Project Pakistan, a charitable organisation in Lahore which provides pro bono defence representation to persons facing a death sentence in Pakistan and Pakistani detainees in Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan.  During this time, she also wrote instruction manuals for litigation in Pakistan and authored several UN shadow reports on Pakistan’s compliance with UNCAT and ICCPR. 
  • Isabel was judicial assistant to Lord Reed JSC at the Inner House of the Scottish Court of Session. 

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