Isabel’s experience includes VAT, clinical negligence, public law, inquests and costs. She appears at trial and interlocutory hearings in the County Courts and High Court, sometimes several times a week. She also undertakes drafting and advisory work.
She is particularly interested in clinical negligence, VAT and public law.
Isabel was instructed in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court litigation on behalf of the Ministry of Defence in the group litigation arising out of British nuclear tests carried out in the 1950s, AB & Others v Ministry of Defence, heard in the Supreme Court in November 2011. The Supreme Court found in favour of the Ministry of Defence, producing important case law on the law of limitation.
Isabel is currently instructed in the Sub One Ltd (t/a/ Subway) v HMRC appeal, going to the Court of Appeal, and also acted in the Upper Tribunal (Tax & Chancery), for the appellant company. This matter involves complex VAT law relating to hot food, and European law principles.
Isabel was involved in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry into the death of an Iraqi civilian who died in British custody in September 2003 and is currently instructed in the Al Sweady Public Inquiry into allegations that Iraqi nationals were mistreated and unlawfully killed while detained at a British Army camp in Iraq in 2004.
She has experience in inquests, especially those involving issues of medical negligence.
Isabel is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, Revenue Bar Association and Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association.
BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence, Brasenose College, University of Oxford (2007)
Lincoln’s Inn Lord Denning Scholarship (2007)
Lincoln’s Inn Hardwicke Scholarship (2007)
Isabel has published a number of legal articles, including in Costs Lawyer, Private Client Adviser and the Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour.
Isabel is a regular contributor to the UK Human Rights Blog, http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/ (whose Twitter feed she also manages), and has had her articles re-published on the International Forum for Responsible Media and Local Government Lawyer blogs, as well as linked on the Guardian newspaper’s website in its Best of the Blogs section. An article she wrote for the UK Human Rights Blog was quoted on the Spectator’s website.
She tweets in a personal capacity from @IsabelMcArdle.
She co-wrote Pupillage Inside Out: How to Succeed as a Pupil Barrister (Sweet & Maxwell, 2013).
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