Bar beckons for Daniel

After stellar success in his studies at School and at Cambridge, Daniel Isenberg is already shining in his new chosen career.

Daniel (OE 1999-2006), who is working towards becoming a barrister after a brief spell as a civil servant, has won a string of law prizes and scholarships. They include first place in a competition run jointly by the Guardian and the influential UK Supreme Court Blog for his essay entitled Do we need more or fewer dissenting voices in the UK Supreme Court?

“So far, so good with the career change (perhaps chiefly because I’m yet to start properly!) – and it’s always reassuring bumping into another OE around the Inns of Court,” he says. These legal alumni include Daniel’s QE contemporary, Peter Morcos, as well as barrister Tom Cleaver.

While at QE, Daniel achieved 12 straight A* grades at GCSE (including being in the top five in the country for German and in the top ten for History and Mathematics) and then earned a distinction in his English Advanced Extension Award before going on to gain straight As in his A-levels.

Daniel’s legal interest was stimulated during his 2006-2007 gap year, when he studied Jewish Law at the Yeshivat Har Etzion, a seminary in Israel.

He went up to Pembroke College in 2007, where he took a double first in History, focusing on the history of political thought. He gained a number of accolades at Cambridge, including being elected as a Scholar. (He was twice awarded a Foundation Scholarship.)

Daniel then spent two years as a fast-stream graduate Civil Servant at the Ministry of Defence, before deciding to switch careers to go into Law.

He excelled at City University London, coming first in his year studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law, then going on to the Bar Professional Training Course, also at City. During this period, he has again stood out among his peers: his prizes and awards include the City Law School Prize for Excellence (Highest Mark for an Intending Barrister) and the City GDL Mooting Competition, in which he beat 100 other entrants in the mock judicial proceedings, with the final judged by Lord Mance, a justice of the Supreme Court.

Currently a member and scholar of Middle Temple (Inn of Court), after some further post-graduate academic legal studies, he will be starting his pupillage in September 2015 at Brick Court Chambers, which specialises in commercial, EU/competition and public/human rights law.

Daniel has offered to get involved in helping QE Sixth-Formers with university applications and with careers events – an offer which the School will certainly be taking up.

In a letter to the School, he said he was glad to hear of the School’s continued academic success – with high numbers of Oxbridge candidates – and to see the plans for the new Queen’s Library coming to fruition: “I have fond memories of being a ‘senior librarian’ in Year 10, and it’s great to hear that there’ll be a bigger space and more facilities to take advantage of.”