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Isabel Barter

Call 2010

ibarter@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

"A superstar in the making"

Legal 500 2022

“She is very intelligent and very highly rated”

Chambers UK Bar 2022

“She has a brain like a computer: can read, analyse and memorise huge amounts of data, also extremely user-friendly"

Chambers UK Bar 2022

"Phenomenally bright, hard-working and a delight to deal with"

Legal 500 2022

"Great strategic mind"

Legal 500 2022

“Very pragmatic and commercial”

Chambers UK Bar 2021

“An amazing eye for detail and a powerful intellect”

Legal 500 2021

“A real star”

Legal 500 2021

"Frighteningly intelligent"

Chambers UK Bar 2020

"Always planning the next step"

Chambers UK Bar 2020

"Piercing insight"

Legal 500 2020

"Her advice is practical, commercial and thorough"

Chambers UK Bar 2020

"A pleasure to work with"

Legal 500 2019

"I see her going places"

Chambers UK Bar 2019

"Produces a quality of advice well beyond her years"

Chambers UK Bar 2018

"She has an exceptional style with clients"

Chambers UK Bar 2018

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

Legal 500 2017

"Driven and intelligent, she is excellent"

Chambers UK Bar 2016

"Very user friendly and approachable"

Legal 500 2016

Practice Overview

Isabel is recommended in the directories as leading practitioner for Professional Negligence, Product Liability and Property Damage work, and her clients often come to her for this combined expertise. She is described as a “real star”, “frighteningly intelligent”, having “piercing insight” and “a great strategic mind”.

Isabel is also Associate Editor of, and expert contributor to, Simpson (ed.) Professional Negligence and Liability. She is also joint General Editor of Bloomsbury’s ‘Journal of Professional Negligence’.

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

She has a brain like a computer: she can read, analyse and memorise huge amounts of data, but she’s also extremely user-friendly, which is a rare combination at the Bar. She’s very bright, responsive, and she provides a huge amount of support so the junior solicitors love working with her.(Chambers UK Bar).

Isabel’s professional negligence practice encompasses a wide range of professions, and she acts for both claimants and defendants.  She has been recommended for several years in both legal directories for professional negligence, where recently she has been described as “hard-working and has brilliant judgment, an absolute delight to work with” (Chambers UK Bar), and “capable and authoritative…a superstar in the making” (Legal 500).

Isabel is Associate Editor of, and expert contributor to, Simpson ed. Professional Negligence and Liability. She is also joint General Editor of Bloomsbury’s ‘Journal of Professional Negligence’, published quarterly.

Isabel is currently acting for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the Tenant Management Organisation (led by Charles Dougherty QC) in relation to recovery actions arising out of the Grenfell Tower fire and a £16m claim brought against Law of Property Act receivers (led by Mark Simpson QC).

Other notable cases include Page v Kidd (an appeal concerning s.14B of the Limitation Act 1980); acting for a tax advisory firm in a £35m claim alleging dishonest assistance and fraudulent trading (IAP v Jeffcote Donnison); a multi-million pound claim against a barrister; and Mehjoo v Harben Barker, concerning accountants’ negligence.

Product Liability

Isabel is recommended in the Directories as “the best product liability junior out there for complex claims. She is phenomenally bright and hard-working, and a delight to deal with. Great strategic mind” (Legal 500) and as having a “a first-class intellect combined with … a thorough understanding of technical evidence” (Chambers UK Bar).

Isabel’s product liability practice covers disputes arising from medical devices and pharmaceuticals, construction products, industrial and IT equipment, automotive parts, and household goods. She also deals with claims with a cross-border element.

Isabel is currently acting for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Tenant Management Organisation (led by Charles Dougherty QC) in relation to recovery actions arising out of the Grenfell Tower fire.

She is also acting for Boston Scientific in relation to multiple claims concerning vaginal mesh.

Notable cases include Wilson v Beko Plc (concerning safety regulations/s.41 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987) and Allen v Depuy (concerning the applicable law and territorial scope of the Consumer Protection Act 1987). Isabel has also provided evidence of product liability law for the Polish courts.

Click here for links to Isabel’s and Charles Dougherty QC’s Short Introduction to the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

Property Damage

Isabel’s property damage work overlaps with that of her professional negligence and product liability practice.

Recent cases include those concerning damage to domestic and commercial premises caused by fire, floods and explosions (including as a result of defective construction products), and cases involving nuisance and igniis suus.

Isabel is currently acting for Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the Tenant Management Organisation (led by Charles Dougherty QC) in relation to recovery actions arising out of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Other notable cases include Wilson v Beko Plc (concerning whether a consumer could make a claim for property damage under safety regulations/s.41 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987).

Isabel is Associate Editor of, and expert contributor to, Simpson ed. Professional Negligence and Liability. She is also joint General Editor of Bloomsbury’s ‘Journal of Professional Negligence’, published quarterly.

Commercial Fraud

Isabel’s commercial fraud expertise complements other areas of her practice, particularly professional negligence.

Significant recent cases include: defending receivers in £16m claim for wilful misconduct; defending a professional in a million-pound claim brought in deceit and negligence (sole counsel), acting for tax advisers in relation to a to a £35m claim by their former client for, inter alia, advising its client to participate in a tax fraud, dishonest assistance, conspiracy, fraudulent trading and fraudulent breaches of fiduciary duty (led by Mark Simpson QC), and acting for defendants in a multi-million pound claim who were accused of fraudulently creating documents to evidence terms of an oral contract relating to a development site (led by Mark Simpson QC).

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Isabel’s commercial practice arises naturally out of her other practice areas, particularly professional negligence, property damage and product liability.

She has particular expertise of claims arising out of the supply of professional services, contractual ‘chains’ in relation to construction work, sale of goods claims, and profit-sharing agreements. She has a special interest in questions to companies’ vicarious liability having appeared in Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc in the Supreme Court.

Private International Law

Isabel’s conflict of laws practice crosses her product liability, property damage, commercial dispute resolution, and professional negligence expertise.

Recent cases concerning defective products include: questions of jurisdiction, applicable law and service out in relation to products imported into the UK; the territorial scope of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (Allen v Depuy); complex issues arising out of large multinational contracts, and claims brought against holding companies for, inter alia, the actions of their foreign subsidiary.