Isabel accepts instructions across all the main areas of Chambers' practice, including public and regulatory, public international law, civil liberties and human rights, commercial, employment, sanctions and sport.

From November 2016 to June 2017, Isabel was based in Washington DC working with US attorneys on cases involving US sanctions and white collar and government investigations. Since then, she has acted both led and unled in a range of public, public international and commercial matters.  She pairs her commercial practice with substantial pro bono and publicly funded work.  And she has particular experience of working - in both a human rights and commercial context - with the application of foreign law.  Isabel has appeared before the High Court and County Court. 

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 was a legal panellist and contributor to Protecting Children in Armed Conflict (London: Hart Publishing, 2018).  She is the author of Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan (London: Jonathan Cape, 2016) which won the Saltire Scottish First Book Award and was an Economist and Spectator book of the year. 

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of civil liberties and human rights work. 

Since starting practice, Isabel has acted both led and unled on matters concerning civil liberties and human rights in both a domestic and international context.  Her clients include charities, government departments, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and individual claimants.  As a pupil, Isabel worked on a wide range of public law matters, acting for claimants and respondents on both common law human rights claims and claims brought under the European Convention of Human Rights.  In addition to publicly funded work, Isabel undertakes substantial pro bono work.  

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Public & Regulatory

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of public and regulatory work. 

Since starting practice, Isabel has acted both led and unled on public and regulatory matters ranging from human rights claims to commercial public law cases.  Whilst on secondment in the US, Isabel worked with attorneys on white collar and government investigations.  During pupillage, Isabel gained considerable experience acting for both claimants and respondents and appeared, assisting her supervisors, before the High Court and Court of Appeal.  

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Commercial

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation. 

Since commencing practice, Isabel has acted led and unled on a number of commercial matters.  She has gained particular experience of the intersection between commercial and public law.  Whilst on secondment in the US, Isabel worked with attorneys on white collar and government investigations.  During pupillage, Isabel assisted her pupil supervisors in both tort and contract cases before the High Court.  

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Public International Law

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of public international law.

Since starting practice, Isabel has worked on a number of matters involving PIL elements.  She is also a legal panellist and contributor to Protecting Children in Armed Conflict (London: Hart Publishing, 2018).  During her pupillage, Isabel  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 on the application of IHL.  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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Employment

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of employment work. 

Since starting practice, Isabel has worked on a range of employment law issues, providing advice and appearing before the High Court.  During pupillage, Isabel assisted her supervisors 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 anonymised.

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Sport

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of sport work. 

During pupillage Isabel gained a wide range of experience and assisted her pupil supervisors acting for both players/athletes and sports governing bodies.  She appeared before first instance and appellate regulatory tribunals and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.  Since commencing practice, Isabel has continued to work on similar matters.  

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Sanctions

Whilst on secondment in the US, Isabel gained experience of US Iran sanctions, working with attorneys challenging and advising on the regime. For reasons of confidentiality, these matters are not detailed here.

Achievements

Education

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

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Saltire Scottish First Book Award (awarded for Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan)
  • 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

  • Protecting Children in Armed Conflict (Legal Panellist, Contributor) (London: Hart Publishing, 2018)
  • Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan (London: Jonathan Cape, 2016), winner of the Saltire Scottish First Book Award and an Economist and Spectator book of the year.
  • ‘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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