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Isabelle Mitchell, Legal Director

Isabelle Mitchell

Legal Director

Practice areas

  • Central government
  • Commercial litigation
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Inquiries and investigations
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Regulatory investigations and enforcement

Practice notes

 

Isabelle is a Legal Director in our Inquiries and Investigations team. Isabelle has extensive experience working on public inquiries and investigations acting both for the inquiry and also core participants.

Isabelle’s recent experience includes leading the team acting as the Commissioning Body to the Independent Inquiry into Telford Child Sexual Exploitation. The team’s role has included recruiting the independent Chair, consulting on and preparing the terms of reference, and supporting the Chair in his work, including gathering and analysing all witness and documentary evidence and liaising with all key stakeholders. Isabelle also acts on behalf of a core participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and has previously acted for two core participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Isabelle’s previous experience also includes working as part of the senior management team on the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, which included drafting the Inquiry protocols, dealing with the Chair and Panel on all aspects of the Inquiry's management, liaising with Counsel and experts, interviewing witnesses, and budgeting/managing the documents team.

In 2014 Isabelle was also involved with the Trojan Horse Investigation into allegations of extremism within schools in Birmingham, interviewing witnesses and was responsible for drafting the report in consultation with the lead investigator. She was also part of the core team on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, in which Eversheds Sutherland was engaged as Solicitors to the Inquiry. Isabelle’s involvement included analysing evidence, taking and preparing statements from vulnerable or reluctant witnesses (including whistle-blowers), and dealing with issues of anonymity, data protection concerns, conflicts and the use of sensitive material. Isabelle's work also included a project management role with respect to document management and preparing witnesses for the oral hearings. Isabelle was also a member of the editorial team assisting the Chairman, Robert Francis QC, in the preparation of his report and the Maxwellisation process.

Isabelle has also acted on behalf of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime in the Leveson Inquiry (phone hacking), where the client was a core participant to the inquiry, and has conducted a number independent internal investigations for clients, usually involving complaints of a sensitive nature, for example an investigation concerning the death of an employee, raised by an anonymous whistle-blower. Isabelle also assisted a client in the renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry. Isabelle holds higher level security clearance (Develop Vetted clearance).

Isabelle has also co-authored a book titled "The Practical Guide to Public Inquiries" published by Hart in December 2020.