Isobel Morton Partner and head of ESG

Isobel is the partner responsible for the firm’s strategy relating to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, with a particular focus on environmental sustainability.

Prior to taking on this role in May 2021, Isobel had 13 years’ experience as a private client lawyer at the firm, spending three years as a partner.

Isobel has oversight of the ESG-related work being undertaken across the firm and is committed to helping support our clients’ own sustainability and responsible business agendas. In addition, she is driving change within the firm to ensure that we operate in a way that has a more positive impact on our stakeholders and community.

Isobel is chair of the ESG steering committee which comprises leaders across the firm, including lawyers, policy specialists, consultants and business services directors advising clients on ESG matters and formulating policies for the firm’s internal operations.

Key areas of focus

Prior to taking on an ESG-focused role, Isobel advised on a wide range of tax and estate planning issues for domestic and international clients. She developed a particular focus on emerging approaches to wealth management: as wealth passes through generations and new wealth is created, it is natural that attitudes and approaches to managing that wealth develop. Legal advice must develop in light of these changes and Isobel has led the private client team’s approach to topics such as impact and sustainable investing and ESG considerations.

Firmwide development

Isobel is committed to the development of the firm through a variety of initiatives.

Sustainable business: Isobel is the partner champion for the environmental committee which leads the firm’s sustainable business agenda.

Balancing career and home lives: Isobel is a partner champion of our Balance network, a forum providing networking and peer support for all staff managing careers and home lives, to achieve a sustainable work-life balance.

Mentoring: Isobel is a trained mentor for the firm’s mentoring schemes, which support associates and mothers and fathers returning to work.

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"She is very smart, very organised and able to well articulate what is needed and is thorough with it as well."

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"She is very smart, very organised and able to well articulate what is needed and is thorough with it as well."

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"Morton has recognised experience advising UK and international families on complex cross-border estate planning, tax and succession issues."

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"'Knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking and…displays valuable judgement'."

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