Isabelle Gillard

Call 1980

“Highly esteemed by clients and solicitors, she is respected by judges and her peers for her experience and fine judgment.”

Chambers & Partners


In addition to her other criminal work, she is highly sought after by medical and business professionals accused of sexual offences – including defending historical allegations made against professionals by people formerly in their care and, most recently, advising a very well-known musician faced with a rape allegation, the result of which was that he was not charged.

Notable Crime cases

R v M [2021]

Defending in a ‘County lines’ drugs conspiracy

R v E [2021]

Defending in an organised crime widespread conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

R v F [2020]

A very good outcome defending in a professional, organised crime conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

R v S [2020]

A very good outcome defending in a case of possession of the most serious indecent images of children

R v S [2018]

Successful defence of a young professional man accused of rape

R v B [2019]

A very good outcome for a professional man accused of multiple counts of voyeurism

She defends where business and financial crime are alleged, including in SFO and HMRC prosecutions.  She also has defence experience in money laundering allegations (most recently a successful defence in a multi-million pound NCA investigation), trademark fraud, conveyancing and other land law fraud and where there are allegations of fraudulent wills.

Notable Business Crime & Fraud cases

Re G [2021]

Defending trademark fraud and counterfeiting allegations in respect of Apple products

R v Y [2020]

Defending a large conspiracy to defraud high net worth individuals through clearing banks

R v M [2019]

Successful defence of HMRC prosecution of very large VAT fraud allegations

R v H [2018]

Secured an exceptionally good outcome for a businessman accused of a VAT fraud

She holds The Royal London Hospital Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Medicine and both appears at inquests and advises in respect of them.

Notable Public Law cases

In re G

Advising interested parties where a central London coroner has sent a Prevention of Future Deaths report to a major national institution.

She has long experience of providing discreet advice on reputational issues, including making submissions to the old Press Complaints Commission and IPSO.

Notable Professional Regulation cases

In re R

Advising the family of a public figure in submissions to IPSO which resulted in a finding that the lengthy, repeatedly published story was untrue and a retraction issued.

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