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Isabel Hitching QC

Call 1992 • QC 2019

"She has an awesome intellect and always examines issues from all angles....a superb tactician, who is masterly with the game plan”
(Legal 500)

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.

Many of Isabel’s instructions in construction and property damage cases are on behalf of insurers. Isabel currently acts, leading a team of juniors, for a major insurer on its entire book of claims arising out of alleged failures in the installation of cavity wall insulation by installers.

In addition Isabel has a niche specialism in motor insurance.

She is instructed by the Attorney General on a portfolio of cases following the CJEU decision in Vnuk where claimants are seeking Francovich damages against the Secretary of State for Transport for alleged failure correctly to implement EU Directives on motor insurance resulting in compulsory motor insurance being of incompatible scope.

Isabel is currently acting for insurers of a taxi driver whose passenger was seriously injured after leaving the cab short of his destination disputing insurers’ liability to meet any judgment entered against the taxi driver.

This instruction follows her successful defence of motor 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

Selected Cases

  • Neil Carroll -v- (1) Michael Taylor (2) Michael Doyle (3) Emms Taxi Limited (4) QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited (ongoing)
  • AXN v Worboys [2012] EWHC 1730 (QB); [2013] Lloyd’s Rep. I.R. 207; [2013] L.L.R. 256
  • Lewis v Tindale and MIB and Secretary of State for Transport (ongoing). Decision as to MIB’s liability currently on appeal to Court of Appeal from [2018] EWHC 2376 (QB).
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  • MA (First Class), Christ Church, Oxford
  • BCL, Christ Church, Oxford
  • Lord Justice Sachs Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Inns of Court Studentship


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Society of Construction Law (and past committee member)
  • Technology & Construction Bar Association ( and past committee member)
  • Joint editor of Emden’s Construction Law
  • Former member of Attorney General’s Treasury Panel. Continues to act for government as silk.
  • Past member of Bar Standards Board Equality & Diversity Committee
  • Past member and vice-chair of Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee


“A superb tactician, who is masterly with the game plan.”

(Legal 500)

“An extremely competent tactician who provides very strong strategy.”

(Legal 500)

“She has an awesome intellect and always examines issues from all angles”

(Legal 500)

“A highly intelligent and practical barrister.”

(Chambers & Partners)

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