Isabelle Haddad became a tenant in Chambers following successful completion of pupillage under the supervision of Robert Smith. She now accepts instructions in cases involving a wide range of offences including violence, robbery and drugs. She has experience of dealing with vulnerable defendants and witnesses, and prides herself on her patient and caring approach.
Isabelle has developed a busy practice prosecuting and defending in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court.
Of note, she recently represented a mother and son charged with 6 counts of criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon between them. Isabelle was successful in having 1 charge discontinued and not guilty verdicts returned on the remaining 5 counts following a trial.
Isabelle has also represented clients in various private driving matters before the Magistrates’ court, advancing exceptional hardship and special reasons arguments on their behalf.
Isabelle has experience of representing families in proceedings before the Coroner’s Court, approaching matters with a high degree of care and sensitivity.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Isabelle worked as a paralegal at a central London Legal 500 U.S. immigration law firm assisting with both commercial and criminal matters. She represented clients with criminal convictions across a spectrum of offences including drug offences, public disorder violations and high-level frauds; advocating to the U.S. Department of State for waivers of eligibility on their behalf.
The commercial arm of her work involved the analysis of contracts and financial documentation, where Isabelle worked with some of the UK's largest companies supporting their expansion into the U.S. market.
Isabelle was recently elected to the Bar Representation Committee at The Honourable Society Lincoln’s Inn. In this role, she represents the interest members of the Hall, in particular junior members and those practising outside of London.
During her time at university, Isabelle was elected President of her University Bar Society. Through this, she organised events for students wishing to pursue a career at the Bar with a view to increasing access to the profession. She also volunteered with organisations including Street Law and the Refugee Council.
Johan Steyn Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Debating Shield Competition, Semi-Finalist, Lincoln’s Inn
Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University London LLB (Hons),
Queen Mary University of London
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