Isabel joined Chambers under the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Ed Morgan KC, assisted by Louise Quigley. She has quickly established a broad and diverse practice whilst retaining specialism in employment. Isabel enjoys pro bono work and does work both for Advocate and the Disability Law Service. Before coming to the Bar, Isabel had a successful and varied career including in local government and the charitable sector. She developed an innovative legal rights project for a charity, which was featured on Radio 4. Later, she worked at a large commercial barrister's chambers in London running equality, diversity and outreach projects. As part of this, she sat on Bar Council committees and drafted guidance on employment related matters that is used across the Bar.
Isabel thoroughly enjoys cases with novel and discrete points of law and regularly represents Claimants and Respondents in preliminary hearings including on issues relating to TUPE, jurisdiction, time limits, contractual points and disability status. Recent preliminary/advisory points include whether a claimant can bring a wrongful dismissal claim if no damages are owed, whether a claimant can have multiple employers for the same position and issues of jurisdiction arising from the proliferation of remote working practices.
Recent experience includes:
Isabel regularly receives positive reviews from both solicitors and lay clients, particularly her quick and thorough grasp of the law and evidence, her cross examination and her empathy for clients going through a stressful process (see Recommendation above).
Isabel is on the Government Legal Department junior junior scheme and accepts instructions on a range of government related work. She is currently acting as a junior to Joanna Vicary on a multi-million pound tax fraud case for HMRC. She has also advised employers of tax implications on employment claims.
Isabel undertakes regulatory work, particularly on behalf of Social Work England, including High Court applications and Fitness to Practice proceedings.
Isabel undertakes contractual disputes in the county court, including strike out applications. Isabel is particularly instructed where there is a cross over with employment law. She has recent experience advising/drafting a HR team on a direct access basis for claims of breach of contract in the county court from a former agency worker. She has experience drafting pleadings for restrictive covenant cases.
Isabel accepts instructions in personal injury, road traffic accident and MOJ stage 3 claims. She also has experience of Court of Protection.
Isabel is public access qualified and regularly undertakes work on a direct access basis, particularly as instructed by HR professionals in employment tribunals or employment related county court cases.
Isabel sits on the Bar Council Disability Panel and is a Chambers Equality and Diversity Officer.
Professional memberships and organisations: ELA and ELBA.
Worshipful Community of Arbitrators Mediation Skills Competition: First place
Inner Temple: Major Exhibition Award, Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award
Nottingham Law School: Academic Scholarship
Edinburgh University: Travel Research Project Scholarship
University of Law: Bar Professional Training Course
Nottingham Law School: Graduate Diploma in Law
University of Edinburgh, MA
Isabel Baylis is a practising barrister, regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The information held by the BSB about her can be found here.
Isabel's clerks will provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. It is most common for Isabel to undertake Court and Tribunal work for a brief fee plus refresher days, although fixed fees are available. For paperwork, Isabel most commonly charges at an hourly rate, although fixed fees are available. Isabel will typically return paperwork within 10-14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.
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