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, fraud, theft 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.
Isabelle has also represented clients in various private driving matters before the Magistrates’ court, advancing exceptional hardship and special reasons arguments on their behalf.
R v SC and others - represented defendant (unled) charged with conspiracy to defraud, value exceeding £1million pounds, and money laundering. Case brought by the North Yorkshire Trading Standards and involved eight defendants. No evidence offered in relation to SC at half time on conspiracy to defraud of £1million.
R v BC - suspended sentence for 20 year old defendant who pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm (fractured skull and bleed on the brain). Presented mitigation as to the defendant’s previous good character, young age, efforts to rehabilitate himself, as well as references from his foster parents and employer; eight month suspended sentence was imposed.
R v AO and JS - represented both mother and son charged with 6 counts of criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon. One charge discontinued after legal argument, acquitted on all other charges after trial.
R v DW - represented defendant charged with firearms offences with fitness to plead issues, case currently ongoing.
R v MC - instructed to prosecute application for driving ban to be lifted. Skeleton argument submitted, in response to defence, resisting the application. Ban remained in force.
R v CW - represented defendant at sentence charged with causing serious injury by careless driving. One of the first cases prosecute under the new law. Four month suspended sentence imposed.
R v KH - prosecuted appeal against conviction of defendant/ appellant accused of assaulting his previous partner and their baby. Conviction upheld
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 currently sits on 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. She has recently been elected representative for the Northern Circuit at the Inn.
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 with LLM, BPP University London
LLB (Hons), Queen Mary University of London
Isabelle Haddad is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Isabelle can be found here.
Isabelle's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Isabelle to undertake Court work for either a fixed fee or brief fee plus additional refresher days. For advisory work, paperwork and conferences it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate, although fixed fees may be available depending on the circumstances. Isabelle will typically return paperwork within 10-14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales. Shorter timescales can be accommodated, please notify Isabelle's clerk at the time of instructing if this is required.
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