Isabel Taylor is “very strong in general, and is particularly accomplished in state aid matters”, report interviewees. She is “a highly intelligent lawyer who can handle very difficult antitrust aspects”.
Peers and clients say:
"She has in-depth experience in the specialised areas of competition and regulatory law."
"She is an all-round excellent lawyer."
"She is a bright lawyer in the space."
Isabel has a broad competition and regulatory practice and advises across a range of industries, including regulated industries, as regards merger control, general competition law, sectoral regulatory requirements and public procurement. She has a particular expertise in state aid law.
Isabel’s recent highlights include advising Google in relation to the CMA’s market study into online platforms and the digital advertising market; Dignity on the CMA’s market investigation into funerals and crematoria services; Northern Powergrid on its price control appeal to the Competition and Markets Authority; and American Express on its litigation before the European Court of Justice (on referral from the UK High Court) in relation to the interpretation and validity of aspects of the Interchange Fee Regulation and the second Payment Services Directive.
In relation to state aid, her work includes advising on the UK Government’s financial support packages for businesses in relation to the Covid-19 crisis; HM Treasury on the banking recapitalisation scheme, the Asset Protection Scheme, its interventions in relation to Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley, and in relation to RBS’s alternative state aid remedies package; and the Portuguese Ministry of Finance in connection with the recapitalisations of four Portuguese banks. She also advised on the creation and funding of the Green Investment Bank; the creation of and State aid renewal for the British Business Bank, and on the state aid, competition and regulatory aspects of the government’s proposals for the future of Royal Mail.
Isabel is recognised as a leading individual by Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.