Isaac has a busy junior practice, representing claimants and defendants across the range of Chambers’ practice. He appears almost daily in multi-track and fast-track trials, applications, case management conferences (including CCMCs), disposal hearings, infant settlement hearings, and directions hearings. He has particular interest and expertise in clinical negligence, insurance disputes, credit hire and inquests, as well as more general personal injury work. A growing number of Isaac’s instructions relate to cases involving chronic pain, brain injuries and fatalities. Isaac is often instructed by defendants in cases involving allegations of fraud.
He has also advised and appeared in appeals from decisions of district judges. The majority of Isaac’s work is in the County Court, although an increasing number of cases in which he is instructed are issued in the High Court.
He also provides written advice on liability, quantum, evidence and procedure, drafts statements of case and advises in conference.
Isaac is qualified to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis.
Isaac acts for claimants and defendants in all aspects of personal injury including road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, product liability, public liability, cases under the Highways Act and cases under the Animals Act.
Much of his work is for local government, including local authorities, highways authorities and schools.
Isaac is increasingly instructed in more serious injury cases, including cases involving chronic pain, brain injuries and fatalities.
Examples of Isaac’s work include:
- Khalid v AXA (2017) – successfully had claim struck out for fraud upon conclusion of the Claimant’s evidence in a liability disputed road traffic accident. QOCS disapplied and costs ordered.
- English v Burnt Mill Academy Trust (2016) – instructed for Defendant where the Claimant was a schoolboy who fell over a bollard which served no purpose and was removed after the accident. Claim dismissed. Decision of HHJ Moloney QC. Reported on Westlaw and Lawtel.
- Martin v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2014) – successful challenge of DWP decision to deny a payment under the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme.
Isaac has a varied and growing clinical negligence practice, and has acted or advised in cases including:
- negligent surgeries,
- pressure sores,
- delayed diagnoses,
- substandard dental care,
- failure to provide informed consent,
- injury at birth, including stillbirth cases.
Isaac acts predominantly on behalf of claimants in his clinical negligence practice.
Isaac’s clinical negligence work includes drafting pleadings, drafting agendas for expert meetings, and advising on paper and in conference.
In addition to working on cases against hospitals and GPs, Isaac has been involved in cases involving claims against cosmetic practitioners and pharmacists.
Isaac is also instructed in inquests where clinical negligence is suspected.
Before coming to the Bar, Isaac worked in the clinical negligence department at Stewarts Law LLP. He gained extensive experience working on injury at birth cases, spinal injury cases (including cauda equina), and fatality cases.
His LLM dissertation focused on the effective utilisation of expert evidence by claimants in clinical negligence cases.
Isaac has considerable experience and expertise in representing defendants in credit hire matters. He is extremely familiar with all the leading decisions and is frequently asked to advise on behalf of insurers, both in respect of individual cases and in respect of general tactics and strategy.
He has written a number of articles and case comments on credit hire, including a comment on Stevens v Equity  EWCA Civ 93 published in the PI Brief Update Law Journal.
Isaac has experience of acting in inquests, including those involving retirement homes and hospitals.
Isaac has been instructed both by families, and by other interested persons, including retirement homes. He has also been instructed by the insurers of the deceased.
In addition to representation at inquest hearings, Isaac advises interested persons in preparation for inquests, and is happy to attend pre-inquest reviews.
Isaac recently represented a family in a hospital inquest where a child had died from sepsis. The Coroner made a finding of neglect. A full case note is available on the 12 KBW website. The case has also been reported in the The Sunday Times.
Isaac has experience in a range of professional negligence work. He has recently advised in a negligence case against solicitors for under-settlement of a personal injury claim.
He has also acted in numerous claims regarding the allegedly negligent installation and maintenance of boilers and security systems.
Isaac has a growing practice in advising insurers on policy and coverage disputes. He has experience in acting for motor insurers in declaration proceedings.
Isaac is particularly experienced in advising in complex multi-party contribution and indemnity proceedings arising out of injury or property damage.
Isaac has acted in numerous cases involving product liability disputes. Recent examples include a case in which a consumer was injured by a faulty piece of cooking equipment, and a case in which it was alleged that a consumer was injured when riding a faulty quad bike.
Isaac is well-versed in all matters of costs relating to his areas of practice, and is regularly instructed to appear in CCMCs and costs applications. He is happy to accept instructions to appear at detailed assessment hearings.
Isaac has experience of successfully arguing that third party costs orders should be made against credit hire companies.
A signification proportion of Isaac’s personal injury practice involves cases containing allegations of fraud including LVI, induced accidents, and fraudulent exaggeration.
Isaac is regularly instructed to advise in writing and in conference on behalf of defendants in cases where fraud is suspected.
He is familiar with the application of section 57 of the CJCA 2015, and has frequently had QOCS disapplied on the basis of findings of fundamental dishonesty.
In the recent case of Khalid v AXA (2017), Isaac successfully applied to strike out the claim upon the conclusion of the Claimant’s evidence. QOCS were disapplied. A report on the case can be found here.
In another recent case, (1) Howell (2) Walker v Brindley Asphalt Ltd (2017), Isaac represented the Defendant; following a two-day trial, C1’s claim was dismissed upon an application under section 57 CJCA 2015 for a finding of fundamental dishonesty, with an order for indemnity costs – a case summary can be found here.
LLM (Commendation), City University
BPTC (Very Competent), City University
GDL (Commendation), City University
MA (Oxon), English Language and Literature, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
GDL Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
Arden Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)
Accidents Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)