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Isabel Hitching QC

Call 1992 • QC 2019

"Boasts a tally of appearances in important and high-value construction cases… She has a chess grand master's great grasp of strategy."
(Chambers and Partners 2020)

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, including business interruption.
  • 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.
  • She has also been instructed in test cases against Network Rail both in relation to liability and scope of recoverable damages following line incursions and property damage: including Network Rail v Handy et al [2015] EWHC 1175 (TCC) and Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v House of Goodness Ltd. 

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 and where MIB has issued contribution claims against Secretary of State for Transport following findings that it is liable to meet claimants’ claims in direct effect: issued claims include Richards, Lewis, Olver, Telling-Evans and Tierney. Outcome of MIB’s application to Supreme Court for permission to appeal in Lewis awaited.

Isabel successfully defeated a multi-million pound claim against motor insurers by a passenger abandoned by a criminal taxi driver Carroll v (1) Michael Taylor (2) Michael Doyle (3) Emms Taxis Limited (4) QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited [2020] EWHC 153 (QB).  This instruction followed her successful defence of motor insurers (led by Andrew Bartlett QC and instructed by the same solicitors) in the claims by victims of the ‘black cab’ serial sex offender AXN v Worboys [2012] EWHC 1730 (QB) | [2012] 6 WLUK 554 | [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 [2020] EWHC 153 (QB).
  • AXN v Worboys [2012] EWHC 1730 (QB) | [2012] 6 WLUK 554 | [2013] Lloyd’s Rep. I.R. 207 | [2013] L.L.R. 256
  • Lewis v Tindale and MIB and Secretary of State for Transport (ongoing, MIB’s application for permission to appeal to Supreme Court pending). Court of Appeal [2019] EWCA Civ 909; first instance [2018] EWHC 2376 (QB).
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Qualifications


  • MA (First Class), Christ Church, Oxford
  • BCL, Christ Church, Oxford
  • Open Scholar, Open Exhibitioner, Radcliffe Exhibitioner and Dixon Scholar Christ Church, Oxford
  • Lord Justice Sachs Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Inns of Court Studentship
  • Previously non-stipendiary lecturer in law Christ Church Oxford

Memberships


  • From January 2020, member of Bar Council International Committee with special focus on South East Asia
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • 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

Recommendations


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

(Legal 500)

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

(Legal 500)

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

(Legal 500)

“A specialist in construction, with regular High Court appearances.”

(Legal 500)

“A highly intelligent and practical barrister.”

(Chambers & Partners)


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