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Isabel Barter

Call 2010

ibarter@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

“Produces a quality of advice well beyond her years."

Chambers UK 2018

"She has an exceptional style with clients”

Chambers UK 2018

"Super-bright, ferociously hardworking and a delight to work with"

Legal 500 2017

"Driven and intelligent, she is excellent"

Chambers UK 2016

"Very user friendly and approachable"

Legal 500 2016

Practice Overview

Isabel has a busy common law and commercial practice, with a particular focus on professional negligence, product liability, property damage, and travel and jurisdiction.

Isabel has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Isabel is recommended in the legal directories. She has been described as “driven and intelligent, she is excellent”, “very user friendly and approachable”, “thorough and easy to deal with – she gets completely on top of the problems” and that she “gets to grips with documents like no other junior”.

Prior to coming to the bar, Isabel worked in the charitable sector. She graduated from Cambridge with a BA (Hons) in History. She obtained a Distinction on the GDL and an Outstanding on the BVC. She was also a Major Scholar of the Inner Temple.

Professional Negligence

Isabel has a flourishing professional negligence practice, acting for claimants and defendants.  She is regularly instructed in cases involving accountants, financial advisers, surveyors, barristers, solicitors, mortgage brokers and architects.

Isabel is listed in the legal directories for professional negligence.  She is praised for her “broad knowledge of professional liability law and significant experience in the Court of Appeal and High Court”, and “proves particularly strong acting in claims concerning accountants, financial advisers and surveyors”.

Notable recent cases include a £35m claim alleging negligence, dishonest assistance and fraudulent trading (led by Mark Simpson QC); barrister’s negligence (led by Charles Dougherty QC); and Mehjoo v Harben Barker (A Firm) [2014] 4 All ER 806 (concerning accountants’ negligence), which garnered significant media and industry attention.  The case involved issues relating to the breadth of an accountant’s duty, domicile, tax avoidance schemes and remoteness.

Product Liability

Isabel acts for claimants and defendants in a wide range of product liability claims.  Recent cases have included claims involving extensive property damage and personal injury arising out of defective products.

Isabel’s property damage expertise is brought to bear on her product liability practice, in particular in relation to complex expert evidence and causation in such claims.

Please click here for links to Isabel’s and Charles Dougherty QC’s practical guide to the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and to Isabel’s and Dan Crowley’s article on Causation: Sherlock Holmes, Submarines and the Hard Rock Café

Isabel was led by Charles Dougherty QC on an important new case on the applicable law and the territorial scope of the Consumer Protection Act 1987, Allen & Others v Depuy International Limited [2015] 2 WLR 442.

Other notable recent cases include cases concerning a wide range of products installed in commercial premises; components of a nuclear fusion reactor; domestic electrical products and boilers; medical implants; and toys and gymnastic equipment.

Property Damage

Isabel acts for claimants and defendants in property damage claims.  Recent cases have included matters arising from fires; floods; product liability; negligence of construction professionals causing damage to property; and/or claims involving nuisance.

Isabel’s product liability experience feeds into her property damage practice, in particular in relation to complex expert evidence and causation in such claims, as does her professional negligence expertise.

Recent cases include damage to expensive plant on a building site; extensive fire damage and loss of profits as a result of a fire in commercial premises; damage to domestic premises caused by fire and floods; and cases involving nuisance and trespass.

Private International Law & Travel

Isabel has experience in cases involving choice of law disputes which arise in a number of other areas of her practice, including professional negligence, product liability and personal injury.

Isabel was led by Charles Dougherty QC on an important new case on the applicable law and the territorial scope of the Consumer Protection Act 1987, Allen & Others v Depuy International Limited [2015] 2 WLR 442.

Recent cases have also included complex conflict of law issues arising out of a contract to provide components for a nuclear fusion reactor; questions of submission to jurisdiction concerning defective products and a solicitor’s negligence case concerning limitation and conflict of laws issues.