Isabel Buchanan is a London-based barrister, practicing from Blackstone Chambers. From November 2016 to June 2017, Isabel was based in Washington DC working with US attorneys on cases involving US sanctions and white collar and government investigations. Since then, she has acted both led and unled in a range of public, public international and commercial matters. She pairs her commercial practice with substantial pro bono and publicly funded work. And she has particular experience of working – in both a human rights and commercial context – with the application of foreign law. Isabel has appeared before the High Court and County Court.
Before coming to the bar, Isabel worked as a caseworker for Justice Project Pakistan, providing pro bono representation to persons facing the death penalty in Pakistan. Isabel also taught jurisprudence and property law at the University of Glasgow and equity and trusts and contract law at Birkbeck College, University of London. She was a legal panellist and contributor to Protecting Children in Armed Conflict (London: Hart Publishing, 2018). She is the author of Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan (London: Jonathan Cape, 2016) which won the Saltire Scottish First Book Award and was an Economist and Spectator book of the year.