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Isabella Buono

Call: 2017
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Practice Summary

Isabella is building a broad practice across all of Landmark’s main practice areas, with a particular focus on publicplanning and environmental law. She has acted as a junior in planning inquires and High Court challenges, and has provided advice, drafted pleadings and appeared in a range of hearings as sole counsel.

Isabella has recently returned to practice after spending nearly two years as the Judicial Assistant to the President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Reed of Allermuir. At the Supreme Court, Isabella gained experience in a wide range of issues across her main areas of practice, including in Heathrow Airport Ltd v Friends of the Earth [2020] UKSC 52 (on the Government’s approach to international climate change commitments when designating the Airports National Policy Statement), R (Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] UKSC 7 (on the rights of an individual deprived of British citizenship after travelling to Syria and aligning with ISIS), and R (SC) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2021] UKSC 26 (on the compatibility of the two-child benefit cap with articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights).

Alongside her practice, Isabella teaches EU Law at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. She has taught EU Law at Cambridge since 2017 and was elected as a Bye-Fellow of St Edmund’s in 2021.

Planning and Environment

Isabella is building a broad planning and environmental law practice, covering a full range of court, inquiry and advisory work.

Her inquiry experience includes:

  • Citroen Site, Brentford (2020): 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 (2019): Acting for Uttlesford DC at a five-day inquiry into proposed residential development in the countryside (up to 74 dwellings), led by Estelle Dehon QC. The application raised heritage, landscape and planning policy issues.

Her other experience includes:

  • Objecting to an application for planning permission for a commercial heliport, on behalf of a major petrochemical company;
  • Obtaining an injunction on behalf of a local planning authority, restraining the residential occupation of agricultural land and requiring the removal of caravans; and
  • Making representations to the Information Commissioner’s Office on behalf of a land promoter, following a local planning authority’s failure to disclose information about its Regulation 18 Local Plan.

Isabella gained experience in a range of planning and environmental law matters during her time as a Judicial Assistant at the Supreme Court, including in:

  • Heathrow Airport Ltd v Friends of the Earth [2020] UKSC 52 (on the Government’s approach to international climate change commitments when designating the Airports National Policy Statement); and
  • CPRE Kent v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2021] UKSC [2021] UKSC 36 (on the application of the Aarhus costs cap when permission to bring an environmental challenge is refused).

Public Law

Isabella has been instructed as a junior in a number of claims for judicial review, acting for both claimants and defendants. This includes claims concerned with the regulation of onshore fracking activities, the compensation scheme for subpostmasters affected by the Post Office Horizon scandal, and the operation of local authorities’ schemes of delegation.

During her time as a Judicial Assistant at the Supreme Court, Isabella gained experience in a wide range of public law and human rights issues, including:

  • Heathrow Airport Ltd v Friends of the Earth [2020] UKSC 52 (on the Government’s approach to international climate change commitments when designating the Airports National Policy Statement);
  • R (Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] UKSC 7 (on the rights of an individual deprived of British citizenship after travelling to Syria and aligning with ISIS);
  • R (SC) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2021] UKSC 26 (on the compatibility of the two-child benefit cap with articles 8 and 14 of the ECHR);
  • R (AB) v Secretary of State for Justice [2021] UKSC 28 (on the compatibility of the solitary confinement of a child in custody with article 3 of the ECHR);
  • Reference by the Attorney General and the Advocate General for Scotland – United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill [2021] UKSC 41 (on whether the UNCRC Bill was within the competence of the Scottish Parliament);
  • R (Majera) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] UJSC 46 (on the obligation of Government to comply with court orders, even if invalid on their face); and
  • R (Elan-Cane) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] UKSC 56 (on the compatibility of the Secretary of State’s policy not to grant gender-neutral passports with articles 8 and 14 of the ECHR).

Isabella has a particular interest in public law claims with a retained EU law dimension, having taught the undergraduate course in EU law at various colleges of the University of Cambridge over the last five years.  Before coming to the Bar, Isabella also spent a year as a Research Assistant at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, where her work focused on the principal legislation which now governs the relationship between UK and EU law: the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

Qualifications

  • Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (BA Law)
  • St John’s College, University of Oxford (BCL)
  • BPP, London (BPTC)

Awards

Academic scholarships and prizes

  • Lord Denning Scholarship and Accommodation Award (Lincoln’s Inn, 2016)
  • Daniel Slifkin Scholarship (St John’s College, Oxford, 2015)
  • Bundy Scholarship (Magdalene College, Cambridge, 2015)
  • Orlando Bridgman Prize for Law (Magdalene College, Cambridge, 2015)
  • Norah Dias Memorial Prize for Law (Magdalene College, Cambridge, 2014)
  • College Prize and Scholarship (Magdalene College, Cambridge, 2013, 2014 and 2015)
  • Leslie Wilson Prize (Magdalene College, Cambridge, 2013 and 2014)
  • Rebecca Flower Squire Scholarship (Cambridge University Faculty of Law, 2013)
  • Hogan Lovells Prize (Magdalene College, Cambridge, 2013)

Mooting

  • Joint winner of the Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship (University of Oxford, 2015)
  • Winner of the Quadrant Chambers Fledglings Mooting Competition (University of Cambridge, 2015)
  • Joint winner of the XXIV Old Buildings Speed Mooting Competition (University of Cambridge, 2014)

Publications

  • ‘Enforcing Tribunal Decisions: Where there’s bark there’s bite?’ (2021) 17(6) Freedom of Information 4
  • ‘“All cards are on the table”: disclosure obligations and the Independent Review of Administrative Law’ (2021) 17(5) Freedom of Information 4
  • ‘From the stroke of midnight: EU judgments on access to environmental information – still relevant in a post-Brexit UK?’ (2021) 17(4) Freedom of Information 4
  • ‘‘Fine words butter no parsnips’ – how is open justice delivered?’ (2021) 17(3) Freedom of Information 4
  • ‘What remains of the public/private divide? Mixed messages on the meaning of ‘public authority’’ (2020) 17(2) Freedom of Information 4
  • ‘FOIA: the terminus of information rights?’ (2020) 17(1) Freedom of Information 4
  • Contributing author to P. Coppel, Information Rights: A Practitioner’s Guide to Data Protection, Freedom of Information and other Information Rights (5th ed, Hart, 2020) (five chapters dealing with exemptions to rights of access to information and data protection post-Brexit)
  • Atkin’s Court Forms, Volume 40(1), Trespass to the Person (LexisNexis, 2019)
  • ‘Costs in Judicial Review Proceedings: Determining Success’ (2018) 23(3) Judicial Review 145
  • ‘Mass Surveillance in the CJEU: Forging a European Consensus’ (2017) 76(2) Cambridge Law Journal 250 (co-authored with A. Taylor)

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