Isobel MichieLegal Director
She is very client-focused and very effective on complex work. She is excellent technically.Chambers and Partners 2022
She has excellent judgement and always takes a pragmatic and commercial approach.Legal 500 2022
Isobel brings her medical background to bear on catastrophic injury claims, including cerebral palsy. She stands out as very calm and assured and with excellent judgement and is a font of knowledge and wisdom relating to wrongful birth cases.Legal 500 2021
"Handles an impressive caseload of maximum severity catastrophic injury claims, including several cerebral palsy claims and highly-sensitive cases."Legal 500 2020
Since first qualifying as a solicitor in 1994, Isobel has acted for the NHS Trusts, as well as representing NHS Resolution (previously known as NHSLA) since its inception. Isobel also has extensive experience of defending individual healthcare 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 mental health and Human Rights Act public liability claims and works with insurers defending private practitioners including GPs, dentists and surgeons. 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 is one of the key contacts for Remedy, our bespoke healthcare complaints handling solution.
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 and 2021.
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.