Isabella is building a broad planning and environmental law practice, covering a full range of court, inquiry and advisory work.
Her recent inquiry experience includes:
- Citroen Site, Brentford: Acting for Hounslow LBC at a three-week call-in inquiry into a London tall buildings scheme (mixed-use redevelopment including 441 residential flats in 5 buildings up to 18 storeys in height), led by Ed Grant. The inquiry focused on the impact that the development would have on a number of important heritage assets, including the Kew Gardens World Heritage Site.
- Land North of Wicken Road, Newport: Acting for the successful local planning authority at a 5-day inquiry into proposed residential development in the countryside (up to 74 dwellings), led by Estelle Dehon. The application raised heritage, landscape and planning policy issues.
Her recent and ongoing work in the higher courts includes:
- R (Science Museum, British Museum and V&A Museum) v Hammersmith & Fulham LBC (ongoing): Acting for the local planning authority in a challenge to its discharge of conditions attached to the permission for the redevelopment of the Olympia Exhibition Centre, led by Tom Cosgrove QC.
- R (Fews Lane Consortium Ltd) v South Cambridgeshire District Council (ongoing): Resisting a challenge to the Council's discharge of conditions attached to permission for a residential development, led by James Findlay QC.
- R (Fews Lane Consortium Ltd) v South Cambridgeshire District Council (ongoing): Resisting a challenge to the Council's scheme of delegation for planning matters, led by James Findlay QC.
- R (Thornton) v Oil and Gas Authority (ongoing): Acting, as second junior to Marc Willers QC (of Garden Court Chambers) and Estelle Dehon, in a strategic challenge to the OGA's regulation of changes of control of corporate entities holding petroleum licences. The claim is the first to focus on the potential exposure of the taxpayer to the considerable financial cost of decommissioning onshore fracking sites.
- Chalfont St Peter Parish Council v Holy Cross Sisters Trustees  EWHC 1128 (QB): As a pupil, assisting Philip Coppel QC and Asitha Ranathunga in successfully defending an order of nuns against a claim brought in unlawful means conspiracy for an alleged multi-million pound planning fraud. The claim was heard at a two-week trial in the High Court.
Isabella also appears in the lower courts in a range of planning and environmental law matters, including:
- Civil injunctions in the County Court, e.g. restraining the residential occupation of agricultural land and requiring the removal of caravans and related debris.
- Criminal prosecutions in the magistrates' court, e.g. for breaches of Enforcement Notices and Community Protection Notices.
Examples of Isabella's recent instructions for written work include:
- Advising a local planning authority in relation to a Definitive Map Modification Order.
- Advising a local planning authority in relation to its prosecution of directors of companies in breach of Enforcement Notices.
- Writing representations to the Information Commissioner's Office on behalf of a land promoter, following a local planning authority's failure to disclose information about the allocation of sites in its Regulation 18 Local Plan (led by Tom Cosgrove QC).
- Advising a local authority in relation to ministerial Air Quality Directions and charging Clean Air Zones (led by Tom Cosgrove QC).
Having taught EU law at the University of Cambridge for the last three years, Isabella is particularly well-placed to advise on the EU-derived elements of planning and environmental law, such as the Habitats Regulations, the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, and the Environmental Information Regulations.
Her work at the Bingham Centre focused on how these kinds of measure will continue to apply following the UK's exit from the EU on 31 January 2020, and how they will apply once the implementation period comes to an end on 31 December 2020.