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Human Rights and Public Law

Elizabeth Isaacs QC


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(Year of Call 1998, Silk 2013)

Joined Chambers: 2006


BA (Hons) Psychology (Dunelm)

MA Social Work

LLB (Hons)


Human Rights and Public Law

Elizabeth has extensive experience of advising on judicial review claims arising from local authority decision making in relation to children and vulnerable adults.

She regularly advises local authorities defending applications, or those seeking to bring proceedings for judicial review of decision making in cases involving children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

Elizabeth was shortlisted for the Jordans Family Law Awards 2012 Junior Barrister of the year - the only family barrister outside of London to be nominated. 



 Chambers & Partners 2017: "We worked very closely as a team, she is competent and approachable." "She is just really, really excellent and very nice."

Legal 500 2016: "She radiates creative energy and has one of the quickest minds in the business."

Chambers & Partners 2016: "She would always be my first choice - an excellent advocate. She is very well prepared, has very good client care skills and is very approachable. She is bright and passionate about what she does. I would go to her with any family matter that needed silk." "I would single her out as a really strong feisty advocate who is incredibly thorough in her preparation and extremely effective."

Chambers & Partners 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."

Legal 500 2014: ‘Approachable and a pleasure to deal with.’

Chambers & Partners 2014: A child law expert in care proceedings as well as child abduction and forced marriages. Her Court of Protection work is varied and she is well versed in dealing with cases concerning learning disabilities. “A competent lawyer who handles her clients very well and provides sensible advice.”

Legal 500 2013: New silk Elizabeth Isaacs QC is ‘a brilliant barrister’.

Chambers & Partners 2013: A former social worker, she is valued for the unique perspective that her previous job affords her. Those that use her do so as "she is very personable and has very good judgement".

Legal 500 2012: Elizabeth Isaacs 'fights her corner with determination'.

Chambers & Partners 2012: "Personable, sensible, and highly knowledgeable," she is "excellent with clients" and "fights their corner doggedly." As a former social worker, she brings to the table invaluable added insight into the workings of the care system.

Legal 500 2011: 'Superb'.

Legal 500 2010: 'Elizabeth Isaacs is a wonderful advocate who is always well prepared'.

Legal 500 2009: 'Elizabeth Isaacs is pragmatic and easy to approach - she doesn't attempt to bamboozle with jargon'.

Notable Cases:

Re Z (A Child) (No 2) [2016] EWFC 1191

RE M (A CHILD) sub nom (1) H (2) B v (1) S (2) M (A CHILD BY HER GUARDIAN) [2015] EWFC 36

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)

Further Information:

Member of Chambers Management Committee.

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.

Conducts independent investigations on behalf of local authorities.


Family Law Bar Association (FLBA) (elected member)

Advocacy Training Council

Association of Lawyers for Children


Crown Court Recorder (SE Circuit) 2009

Public and Private Family Law Recorder (SE Circuit) 2012

Deputy High Court Judge of the Family Division 2016


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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