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Isobel Michie

Principal Associate


Isobel has over 25 years of experience in defending clinical negligence since qualifying in 1994.

She has acted on behalf of NHS Trusts, as well as the NHSLA, now NHSR, prior to and since its inception. As well as defending the NHS, Isobel has extensive experience of defending individual surgeons, clinicians, general practitioners and dentists acting for their MDOs and private insurers.

Her caseload is very wide ranging defending and resolving all types of clinical negligence cases, including claims of the utmost severity (including birth and adult brain injury claims, spinal claims and other catastrophic high value injuries) involving complex causation issues. As well as dealing with the highest value cases, Isobel also deals with a large number of lower value dental, cosmetic/plastic surgery and mental health claims. Many of her cases involve novel or sensitive issues and can also involve dealing with the media. She has group action experience, as well as both extensive trial and mediation experience. Her advice is pragmatic, robust and commercial, achieving early evaluation and resolution as soon as possible.

Isobel has particular interests in patient safety and learning and in cases that relate to informed consent. She speaks at sector specific events on these topics, as well as on the investigation and clinical negligence process and preparing for inquests. Her training aims to understand and identify risk profiles and trends, whilst minimising claims and complaints.

In addition, Isobel has experience of judicial review of healthcare provision, particularly in the mental health sector. She has advised on best interest assessments and withdrawal of treatment cases and has represented NHS Trusts at inquests.

Isobel studied medicine at UCLH before converting to law. Her background makes her ideally suited to forging strong relationships to ensure delivery of a high quality service to all healthcare clients.

As a result "Isobel is an extremely experienced case handler with a strong depth of knowledge and experience." Legal 500 2019. Rising star & Key lawyer Legal 500 2020.

High profile cases:

  • RAGE (Breast radiotherapy group action)
  • Janet Birch v UCLH Foundation NHS Trust 2008 EWHC 2237 (QB)
  • R v Camden & Islington Health Authority ex-parte K 2001 EWCA CIV 240 (CA)
  • Bostridge v Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (2015) EWCA CIV 79.

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