Meet team Isla Law!

Ruth Pannell

Ruth Pannell

Founder and CEO

Ruth founded Isla Law to make wills and life planning better. She has worked in wills and estate planning for over 12 years, and has represented clients in wills, trusts, estate planning and probate advice matters.

After the birth of her two daughters, one of whom has a rare genetic condition, she became concerned with how complicated it was to make a will or plan your life properly in order to protect the people you care for so fiercely in life. She realised she could make the process easier and more accessible by getting rid of the stuffy legal fluff, and giving her clients a direct, simple service that actually gets results.

Ruth believes that estate planning has the power to change lives for the better! She likes working with clients who are ready to commit to some serious planning and change, because she has experienced how this will lead them towards more happiness, healthier relationships and reduced stress.

Paul Trotter

Operations Director

Paul is our super-helpful operations director and all-round superstar. He helps the rest of the team with strategy, and he supports us if we have any IT or HR issues. Paul loves his job because he gets to help people every day by providing them with the resources they need for their work. He does this by managing all of their technology needs, as well as helping to hire staff members who will be an asset to our clients.

Paul Trotter
Emily Holland Isla Law

Emily Holland


Emily qualified as a Solicitor in 2014 and has specialised in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates ever since. Emily is passionate about providing excellent client care, and aims to help her clients navigate these delicate conversations with clarity and ease.

After a short break to raise her family, Emily has returned to work at Isla Law and is looking forward to helping more clients simplify their affairs and make plans for the future that best suit their circumstances.

Outside of work Emily is chief snack-provider to her three young boys! She also has an active role in her local Church, and volunteers for Maidstone based charity The Princess Project as their fundraising co-ordinator.

‘Highly recommended. Ruth just did our wills and albeit it is not an easy subject for anyone to talk about, Ruth was very easy to speak to, very knowledgable and extremely professional. Thank you Ruth.’

K Dagnall, Larkfield