St Ives Chambers

Elizabeth Isaacs QC

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Practice Areas

Public Law Children, Private Law Children


Elizabeth is a specialist child law silk, Deputy High Court Judge and Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.

Elizabeth has an national reputation for a strategic approach, excellent advocacy, forensic preparation and is highly regarded for her compassionate style with clients.

Particular interests in public law include child death, serious physical injury, sexual and emotional abuse, fabricated and induced illness (FII), toxicology and poisoning, judicial review, human rights issues, disclosure, public interest immunity (PII) issues, LGBT and Modern Families parenting.

In private law Elizabeth is an expert authority in the development of surrogacy law; she was leading counsel in the groundbreaking cases of Re X (A Child) (Surrogacy: Time Limit) [2014] EWHC 3135 (Fam) and Re Z (A Child) (No 2) [2016] EWHC 1191 (Fam). Particular interests include LGBT and Modern Families, surrogacy and fertility law, parental alienation, habitual residence, relocation, disputes about education, religion and medical issues.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association, LGBT Family Law Institute UK & Ireland.


Family Court Practice - contributing editor; Challenging and Defending Local Authority Childcare Decisions: A Practical Guide (2013) (co-author); Social Work Decision Making: A Guide for Child Care Lawyers (2nd ed 2012) (co-author).