Elizabeth Isaacs QC

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  • Lee Cadwallader
  • Stacey Cadwallader

Education and Memberships

  • BA (Hons) Psychology (Dunelm)
  • MA Social Work
  • LL.B Hons
  • Family Law Bar Association (FLBA) (elected member)
  • Advocacy Training Council
  • Association of Lawyers for Children

Areas of Work

  • Family
General profile

Elizabeth is an engaging and knowledgeable advocate who quickly identifies the practical implications of complex cases involving all aspects of child law, including a strong appellate practice.  She has an established reputation for compassionate client care, excellent advocacy and forensic preparation, and a pragmatic and tactical approach.

Care proceedings and adoption

Elizabeth has substantial expertise in acting for all parties in legal and factually complex care, adoption (including revocation) and wardship proceedings and has a detailed knowledge of the legal and social care issues relating to local authority planning and decision making for children.

Elizabeth has particular interest in:

  • Child death
  • Serious physical injury, including non-accidental head injury
  • Sexual abuse
  • Fabricated and induced illness (FII)
  • Insulin poisoning
  • Judical review
  • Human rights issues relating to children
  • Disclosure and public interest immunity (PII) issues relating to children
Private law

Elizabeth acts for parents and children in complex private law proceedings, including:

  • Children's living arrangements
  • Contact
  • Leave to remove from the jurisdiction and international relocation
  • Parental alienation
  • Allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • Education, religion, medical and change of name disputes
  • Child abduction
  • Surrogacy and parental order applications
  • Parenting disputes arising from same-sex relationships
  • LGBT

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

Chambers & Partners 2014: Widely regarded as a stellar performer on the Birmingham circuit and admired for the depth of her knowledge of children law matters.  Alongside her work in care proceedings, she also has an active private law children's practice.  "it is amazing watching her be sympathetic, simple and reassuring with a client and then the next minute like a whirlwind in the court arena" "I admire her ability to tenaciously fight clients' corners in a firm yet balanced manner."

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) [2015] EWFC 73

Re F (A Child) (International Relocation Cases) sub nom DF v N B-F [2015] EWCA Civ 882

Re M (A Child) [2015] EWFC 36

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 B27 (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

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

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


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."


Crown Court Recorder (SE Circuit) 2009

Public and Private Law Family Recorder (SE Circuit) 2012

Deputy High Court Judge - Family Division 2016

Liz Isaacs

Year of call: 1998


Area: Family