Isabel accepts instructions across all the main areas of Chambers' practice.  This includes Public International Law, Public & Regulatory, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Commercial, Financial Services, Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, EU & Competition, and Employment.  

Following a successful 12 month pupillage, Isabel joined Blackstone Chambers in September 2016.  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.

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 Scottish First Book Award 2016 and was an Economist and Spectator book of the year 2016.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

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

Isabel worked on a wide range of matters during pupillage, including acting 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

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of public international 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.

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. 

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Public & Regulatory

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

During pupillage, Isabel gained considerable relevant experience, acting for both claimants and respondents and she has appeared, assisting her supervisors, before the High Court and Court of Appeal.  Whilst on secondment in the US, Isabel worked with attorneys on white collar and government investigations. 

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Commercial

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation. 

During pupillage, Isabel gained a wide range of experience and assisted her pupil supervisors in both tort and contract cases before the High Court.  Whilst on secondment in the US, Isabel worked with attorneys on white collar and government investigations.  

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Employment

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of employment work. 

During pupillage, Isabel worked on 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 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.

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Media & Entertainment

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of media and entertainment work. 

During pupillage, Isabel appeared before the Copyright Tribunal assisting James Segan.

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Telecommunications

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of telecommunications law. 

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EU & Competition

Isabel accepts instructions in all areas of EU and competition law. 

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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, in 2016)
  • 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 Scottish 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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