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LLB, LLM (Edin)
THIS Interdisciplinary Fellow and Legal Research Associate

CV / Biography

Isabelle holds a first-class LLB from the University of Sussex and an LLM with Distinction in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of Edinburgh. She has been in receipt of various scholarships to aid her in her studies.

She commenced her DPhil in Medical Law and Ethics at Exeter College, the University of Oxford but intermitted after a year of research. She has been employed by various medico-legal and tort-based research projects whilst at her previous educational institutions.

Isabelle joined LML in October 2019, as a Research Associate and Interdisciplinary Fellow. She will contribute to a joint project between LML and The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, 'Differential Diagnosis and the Law'. The project is part of a larger research which is taking a closer look at how a diagnosis is made, communicated, and recorded in acute care with the goal of improving the process for doctors and patients. The legal arm of the project will clarify how the law, particularly the law of negligence post-Montgomery, shapes the development and communication of differential diagnoses, and whether the law should be reformed.  

She is most interested in the role of the law in relation to the doctor-patient relationship specifically in medical negligence cases. Namely, questioning what the judges in key medical negligence cases are revealing about the law’s role in influencing (or not) the therapeutic relationship. She has spent the last year analysing the landmark informed consent case of Montgomery and will be applying this prior knowledge to question the relevance of that stream of case law when it comes to the issue of differential diagnosis. 

Beyond her studies, she enjoys debating, swimming, reading and walking her family dog Milo who is a miniature schnauzer. In the past, she has taken part in the Great Medico-Legal Debate whilst at Edinburgh. The motion was 'Should the UK Government change the current policy for childhood immunisation?'. Furthermore, whilst at Sussex, she won two legal skills contests which were sponsored by DMH Stallard LLP.