Elizabeth Isaacs QC

Silk - 2013   |   Call - 1998
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Private Law Children

Elizabeth is a specialist child law silk and sits as a Family Division Deputy High Court Judge.  She has an established national reputation for a pragmatic, robust and strategic approach, excellent advocacy and forensic preparation. She is highly regarded for her personable and compassionate style with clients, and works collaboratively with solicitors and  junior counsel in tactically planning cases as a team from the very outset of her involvement.

Particular areas of interest include:

  • LGBT and Modern Families parenting issues
  • Surrogacy and fertility law
  • Parental order applications
  • Parental alienation and emotionally conflicted children
  • Disputes about habitual residence
  • Domestic and international relocation
  • Disputes about education, religion and medical issues

Elizabeth is an expert authority in the development of the law relating to surrogacy; she was leading counsel in the recent groundbreaking cases of Re X (A Child) (Surrogacy: Time Limit) [2014] EWHC 3135 (Fam) and Re Z (A Child) [2015] EWFC 73 (which led to the Government’s revision of the law prohibiting single people from applying for parental orders).

Elizabeth is also regularly instructed in cases following breakdown of surrogacy arrangements or same-sex parenting arrangements.

Elizabeth is the head of the Chambers Childcare Group and a member of Chambers Management Committee.

In 2017 Elizabeth was shortlisted for ‘Family Silk of the Year’ at the Jordans Family Law Awards, and in 2018 she was the ‘Regional/Scottish Silk of the year’ at the Legal 500 UK Awards.

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

Notable Cases

Carmarthenshire CC v Y and Others [2017] EWFC 36

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

Re N-S (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 1121

Re AD, AE, AF, AG & AH (HFEA 2008) [2017] EWHC 1782 (Fam)

Re P-K (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 965

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)

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Psychology (Dunelm)

MA Social Work

LLB (Hons)

Appointments

Deputy High Court Judge (Family Division) 2016

Public and Private Family Law Recorder (SE Circuit) 2012

Crown Court Recorder (SE Circuit) 2009

Memberships

Silk Member of The Family Justice Council

Family Law Bar Association

Association of Lawyers for Children

Publications

Clarke, Hall & Morrison on Children – contributing editor

Family Court Practice (Jordans) – contributing editor

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.”

Recommendations

Chambers & Partners 2019: “She fights the client’s corner in a firm and balanced manner. She is also extremely personable and a great team player.” “She has an excellent grasp of the law and is also a brilliant strategist.”

Legal 500 2018: “Exceptionally clever; a strategic thinker who is willing to push the boundaries in her approach to cases.”

Chambers & Partners 2018: “A joy to work with. She is incredibly collaborative and gets the best out of the whole team. She is massively bright and has an ability to think outside of the box.” “She has a superb work ethic and retains her balance, judgement and humour in stressful situations.”

Legal 500 2017: “A Titan in children’s work.”

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

Legal 500 2016: “Her expertise in care work includes complex cases involving child fatalities, serious injuries and sexual abuse.”

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…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”

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