Isabella Parkes Paralegal

Speaks:  English

Primary office:  Dubai

Isabella Parkes

Isabella is a paralegal in the firm's International Projects & Infrastructure team based in the Dubai office, covering projects in the Middle East and Africa, as well as assisting the Projects and Infrastructure teams in the UK offices.

Isabella's role includes preparing proposals for power, water and infrastructure sector bids in the region and assisting with the drafting of project and financing agreements for large-scale renewable energy, desalination and general construction projects. She also attends Energy and Projects conferences in the Middle East and Africa, helping build relationships with new and existing clients.

In her role to date, Isabella is currently in the team advising a leading Fortune 500 company on their bid for a large-scale IWP project in KSA, and recently acted as the sponsor's legal advisor on the successful financial close of five construction villages in KSA's NEOM project. In Africa, she is advising on a battery storage project in Malawi and assisted a solar power company in standardizing and implementing their contract templates for future projects.

Prior to joining Gowling, Isabella completed her combined Graduate Diploma in Law with a Master's qualification at the University of Law. In her undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Globalisation: History, Politics and Culture, Isabella conducted an independent study into the sustainability of Dubai and the importance of renewable energy in greening the economy. Before university, she worked in the environmental sector as a team project manager for Emirates Marine Environment Group, translocating millions of corals in preparation for the construction of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi. Her passion remains focused on helping create environmental solutions for the modern world.

Isabella is currently studying for the Standard Qualifying Exams (SQEs) in the UK and looks forward to qualifying as a solicitor in 2024.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2021

    • Career
      October 2021
      Gowling WLG, Paralegal
    • Education
      September 2021
      University of Law, Master of Arts in Law
  • 2020

    • Education
      July 2020
      University of Brighton, BA (Hons) Globalisation: History, Politics Culture
  • 2017

    • Career
      January 2017
      Emirates Marine Environmental Group, Marine Project Manager