Isabel practices across all the main areas of Chambers' work, including public and regulatory, public international law, civil liberties and human rights, employment, commercial, competition and sanctions.

Isabel has acted both led and unled in a range of such matters.  Recent highlights include advising the Equality and Human Rights Commission on its work relating to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; representing a number of prisoners, strip searched in contravention of the ECHR, in claims against the SSJ; successfully acting (unled) for a claimant in a three day employment tribunal hearing; advising the claimant in relation to a potential judicial review challenging the FCO’s failure to act in relation to British nationals seeking return from refugee camps in Syria.  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, County Court, First Tier Tribunals (Immigration) and Employment Tribunals.  She is member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Panel of Counsel.   

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.  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.  

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Public International Law

Isabel has a significant public international law practice which is centred on cases raising issues of international human rights and humanitarian law. Her clients range from individuals to NGOs, companies to public bodies. She frequently advises on and acts in cases that concern the application of international human rights law in both the UK and foreign jurisdictions, and the interaction between public international law and domestic law in this jurisdiction. Isabel has also published in this area. She is the author of Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan (London, Jonathan Cape). And in 2018 she was a legal panellist and contributing author to Children in Armed Conflict (London, Hart) (of which she worked on four of the book’s eight chapters). Prior to coming to the bar, Isabel spent several years living in Pakistan and working as a caseworker with local lawyers providing pro bono defence representation to death row inmates.  

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Employment

Isabel has experience in a range of employment cases and, in particular, advising on employment issues arising in a public and public international law context. Most recently, she successfully acted for the claimant in a three day unfair and wrongful dismissal hearing in the Employment Tribunal.  

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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.   

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Immigration

Isabel has experience of both advising on and acting in cases concerning immigration, asylum, deportation and citizenship. In particular, she has recently acted for several individuals subject to deportation orders and is currently instructed on a judicial review challenging the imposition of fees for citizenship applications. She has represented clients before the First Tier Tribunals and in applications for judicial review.  

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Sanctions

Whilst on secondment in the US in 2016, Isabel gained experience of US Iran sanctions, working with attorneys challenging and advising on the regime. She has since acted in cases involving the application of EU and UN sanctions regimes and provided advice in relation to such regimes.  For reasons of confidentiality, many of these matters are not detailed here.

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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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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)

Memberships

  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Advocate Pro Bono Panel
  • Bar European Group
  • Bar Human Rights Committee
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Justice
  • Liberty
  • Young Fraud Lawyers' Association
  • Young Public Lawyers' Group (Committee Member)

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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