Thoughtful and effective problem solving and advocacy
Client feedback reflects that Isabella is collaborative, conscientious, calm, and communicative. Her work is thorough and of high quality. Isabella’s key strengths include oral and written advocacy, meticulous analysis, presenting complex concepts simply, attention to detail while maintaining the bigger picture, and developing strong relationships. Isabella accepts instructions for both junior and senior roles.
Isabella has experience in commercial and contractual disputes, Treaty of Waitangi, and public law litigation and advice. In 2008 Isabella started her career at Russell McVeagh, where she acted on the Todd v Shell & OMV “Offtake” litigation. Following some overseas travel, Isabella joined the Crown Law Office in 2011. Over the past decade, she has represented and advised a wide range of Crown agencies, Ministers, and officials. She led the Crown Law immigration practice group for a number of years before joining the Independent Bar in 2020.
Isabella is a highly capable and competent civil litigation and public law lawyer. She has appeared (as lead and junior counsel) in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and has acted as lead counsel in Supreme Court leave applications. Isabella has undertaken numerous immigration proceedings relating to liability for deportation and declined visa applications. She has also appeared in the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court, and has been involved in a long running private arbitration since 2013. Particular litigation highlights are set out below (full list available on request).
Isabella is committed to the welfare of her colleagues and is an advocate for workplace safety, well-being, and respect. She has been a committee member of the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association since 2018 and organised training and activities at Crown Law to raise awareness of issues for women and junior lawyers. Outside the law, Isabella enjoys bush walks, book club, and collecting Beatles memorabilia.
LLB (Hons, 1st), University of Otago, 2007
BA (Hons, 1st) (Political Studies), University of Otago, 2007
Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, February 2009
Awards, publications, and memberships
Russell McVeagh School Scholarship 2001
International Environmental Law Prize, University of Otago 2006
“On the Origin of ‘Forensic Frippery’: the Evolution of Common Law Legal Attire” (2006) 1 NZLSJ 155
Committee Member, Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association
Member, New Zealand Bar Association