Elizabeth Isaacs QC*

Year of Silk: 2013

Year of Call: 1998


  • "Her expertise in care work includes complex cases involving child fatalities, serious injuries and sexual abuse."

    The Legal 500 (2015)
  • "Continues to be regarded as a go-to barrister for complex children matters involving death and serious injury. She has a keen interest in the academic side of litigation and is a thorough and versatile advocate."

    Chambers & Partners (2015)

Education

BA (Hons) Psychology (Dunelm)
MA Social Work
LLB (Hons)


Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association (FLBA) (elected member)
Advocacy Training Council
Association of Lawyers for Children


  • "Her expertise in care work includes complex cases involving child fatalities, serious injuries and sexual abuse."

    The Legal 500 (2015)
  • "Continues to be regarded as a go-to barrister for complex children matters involving death and serious injury. She has a keen interest in the academic side of litigation and is a thorough and versatile advocate."

    Chambers & Partners (2015)

Elizabeth is an engaging and knowledgeable advocate who quickly identifies the practical implications of complex cases involving all aspects of child law, including a strong appellate practice. She has an established reputation for compassionate client care, excellent advocacy and forensic preparation, and a pragmatic and tactical approach.

Elizabeth is Public Access trained and is therefore able to advise and is happy to accept instructions from prospective clients directly.

Regular training and lecturing. Invited speaker at the 2013 Lexis Nexis Butterworths Annual Child Care Conference. Invited speaker at the 2014 and 2013 Jordans Annual Children Law & Practice Conference, the 2013 Lexis Nexis Butterworths Annual Child Care Conference and the 2013 Association of Lawyers for Children annual conference. Invited speaker at the Hanson Renouf / ALC conference 2014.

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Re Z (A Child) [2015] EWFC 73

Re F (A CHILD) (International Relocation Cases) sub nom DF v N B-F [2015] EWCA Civ 882

Re X (A Child) (Surrogacy: Time Limit) [2014] EWHC 3135 (Fam)

Re B (A Child) [2014] EWHC B1 (Fam)

Re S (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1073

SMBC v RG et al [2013] EWHC 2373 (COP)

Re M (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 446

S v Z [2012] EWHC 84 (Fam)

Re D O’H (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 1343

Re L (Duty to the Court of a Psychologist) [2011] EWHC B29 (Fam)

Re C and D (Photographs of Injuries) [2010] EWHC B27(Fam)

Re X, Y and Z (Children) [2010] EWHC B12 (Fam)

Re W (Care: Threshold Criteria) [2007] 2 FLR 98 (CA)

Re B (Appeals: Lack of Reasons) [2003] 2 FLR 1035 (CA)

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Clarke, Hall & Morrison on Children – contributing editor from 2014

Family Court Practice (Jordans) – contributor from 2014

Challenging and Defending Local Authority Child Care Decisions (April 2013) Jordans Publishing (Co-author)

Social Work Decision Making: A Guide for Child Care Lawyers (2nd Edition March 2012) Jordans Publishing (Co-author) – “A valuable addition to any Childcare library.”

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