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Izzy Piper


Izzy Piper is a paralegal in the human rights department

Court of Protection Human rights; Inquests

Izzy is a paralegal in the human rights department, assisting Sophie Wells and Merry Varney.

She works on a variety of matters, including representing vulnerable individuals in the Court of Protection, bringing claims under the Human Rights Act 1998, and representing bereaved families at inquests.

Recently, Izzy has been assisting with inquests concerning the deaths of individuals who have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 or recently discharged from a mental health facility. In addition, Izzy has assisted in claims under the Human Rights Act 1998 against local authorities arising from alleged failures to protect children from sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.

Before joining Leigh Day, Izzy worked at Duncan Lewis in the immigration and public law department. Her work here included assisting refugees with their asylum claims, representing victims of trafficking, challenging unlawful detention decisions, and other judicial review challenges against the Home Office. Notable cases that Izzy worked on included the challenge to the Government’s Rwanda policy, as well as false imprisonment claims against the Home Office regarding the detention of refugees in the Manston holding centre. At Duncan Lewis, Izzy also obtained her Level 2 Senior Caseworker Immigration and Asylum accreditation.


Izzy studied Law with Spanish at the University of Exeter, where she obtained a first-class degree. She then completed a master’s degree in Criminology at the University of Cambridge, where she researched the offence of controlling or coercive behaviour, introduced under the Serious Crime Act 2015. She has also just finished her Solicitor Qualifying Exams, with a view to qualifying as a solicitor in early 2024.


Law Society: Level 2 Senior Caseworker Immigration and Asylum accreditation