Isla Woodcock

Isla Woodcock


Isla is a solicitor in our London office. She has over 11 years’ experience in representing bereaved families in inquests; bereaved families and other victims of human rights violations in public inquiries and other investigations; and in civil claims against the state. She joined DPG in January 2019.

Prior to joining DPG Isla represented a large group of bereaved family members, survivors and residents in Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. She was also part of the legal team representing 22 bereaved families in the second Hillsborough Inquests. She has also worked in the non-profit sector and has extensive campaigning experience, which she now brings to her legal practice.

Public Inquiries

Isla is experienced in representing individuals in Public Inquiries constituted under the Inquiries Act 2005, and has particular expertise handling matters where deaths occur following police or state contact.

She is currently instructed as part of the legal team acting for bereaved, survivors and residents in Phase 2 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

She is also currently instructed by five core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.


Isla is developing an expertise in claims arising from failures to protect and investigate in connection with violence against women, including inquests and claims in the civil courts.

Isla has represented families in two inquests connected to police failures in relation to firearms licensing.

She is committed to ensuring that state bodies learn lessons from inquests in order to prevent future deaths and actively campaigns for a National Oversight Mechanism to monitor recommendations arising from inquests and other investigations, and an enforceable duty of candour.


Isla is a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group and the INQUEST Lawyers Group.  She is also an active mentor within the Young Legal Aid Lawyers mentoring scheme.