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Isabel Hitching

Call 1992

"She has an awesome intellect and always examines issues from all angles."
(Legal 500 2016)

Insurance & Reinsurance

Isabel has acted in a wide range of insurance disputes for both insurers and insured. Matters have included:

  • Fraud, arson and non-disclosure.
  • Construction of the policy and scope of cover.
  • Disputes as to timing, both as to the inception of cover and the occurrence of the insured event.
  • Subrogation
  • Valuation of claims.

Isabel is currently instructed by the Attorney General in a number of cases including Richards v Secretary of State for Transport and Lewis v Tindale and MIB and Secretary of State for Transport  and Pammen v MIB and Secretary of State for Transport where the court is asked to determine whether the Road Traffic Act 1988 correctly implements EU Directives, and if not whether damages for breach of statutory duty are recoverable against the Secretary of State.

Isabel also successfully acted for insurers (led by Andrew Bartlett QC) in the claims by victims of the ‘black cab’ serial sex offender AXN v Worboys [2012] EWHC 1730 (QB); [2013] Lloyd’s Rep. I.R. 207; [2013] L.L.R. 256

Many of Isabel’s instructions in construction and property damage cases are on behalf of insurers.

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  • Lord Justice Sachs Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • BCL, Christ Church, Oxford
  • MA (First Class), Christ Church, Oxford


  • Attorney General’s Treasury Panel
  • Bar Standards Board Equality & Diversity Committee (Past member)
  • Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee (Past Vice-chair)
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Society of Construction Law (Past committee member)
  • Technology & Construction Bar Association (Past committee member)
  • Joint editor of Emden’s Construction Law


“A first-class senior junior and a superb tactician, who is masterly with the game plan.”

(Legal 500 2017)

“A highly intelligent and practical barrister.”

(Chambers & Partners 2015)

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