Zoë Saunders


Zoe Saunders

Call 2003 (Gray’s Inn)
Qualifications BA Joint Hons (Bristol), PGDL (City)
Scholarships David Karmel Award & Lord Justice Holker Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
Professional Memberships Family Law Bar Association, Professional Negligence Bar Association, Western Circuit, FLBA Committee Member, Bar Council Member, Gray’s Inn Barristers Committee Member

Expertise


Private Children

Zoë has extensive experience in this area in particular in intractable contact cases where she has acted for the Children’s Guardians through Cafcass and NYAS as well as for either parent. This includes experience of cases in the High Court and cases which have developed into public law proceedings.

Zoë has also been involved in international contact cases and cases involving removal from the jurisdiction, both in planned contested cases and urgent applications to prevent removal.

Domestic Violence

Zoë is always willing to carry out work in cases involving issues relating to domestic violence and has experience of complex injunction proceedings involving issues of capacity, litigants in person and lengthy contested proceedings such as finding of fact hearings. She has been involved in organising training to raise awareness of issues of domestic violence through the Local Family Justice Council for judges, social workers, police and others.

Recommendations

  • “Zoe has a realistic, compassionate and robust approach.” Legal 500, Family and children Law (2015)
  • “Zoe has considerable expertise in financial remedy proceedings and cases with complicated TOLATA aspects. Sources are particularly keen to praise her client-handling skills. ‘She is completely straightforward with her advice and is fearless in undertaking challenging cases.’ “ Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2016)
  • “Zoe frequently instructed on complex ancillary issues. She has a wealth of experience in financial resolution proceedings associated with cohabitation disputes, especially those complicated by numerous properties, land trusts and pensions. ‘She achieves great results and builds a lovely rapport with each client. She exhibits thorough preparation and possesses an ability to think on her feet.’ ‘She is brilliant – a real fighter for cases – and is very diligent and thorough.'” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2015)
  • “Zoe is technical, dynamic, kind, patient and robust.” Legal 500, Family and children law (2015)

Zoë has a particular interest in ToLATA disputes and is often asked to advise both in writing and in conference as well as acting in disputed cases in the High Court, County Court and before the land registry adjudicator. Zoë has particular expertise in cases involving ToLATA and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

Zoë also has experience of contested probate and inheritance cases in which her experience in applications for financial remedies on divorce is often extremely valuable.

Zoë has expertise in Financial Remedy cases involving multiple properties, trusts, complex pensions, partnership disputes, companies and corporate and personal insolvency as well as both big and small money cases and the particular challenges presented by each. Zoë also has experience of cases involving confiscation orders and Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA) issues.

Zoe also has experience of cross-jurisdictional finance cases including reciprocal enforcement of maintenance orders.

Recommendations

  • “Zoë is a junior best known for her work on cohabitation disputes, including TOLATA and Schedule 1 applications. She is also skilled at taking on matrimonial finance litigation, handling cases concerning pension, insolvency and land issues. ‘She gives robust and compassionate advice, and clients love her humour and real-world approach. Her technical and commercial knowledge is excellent and she is above all practical and realistic in all matters’.” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2017)
  • “Zoe has a realistic, compassionate and robust approach.” Legal 500, Family and children Law (2015)
  • “Zoe has considerable expertise in financial remedy proceedings and cases with complicated TOLATA aspects. Sources are particularly keen to praise her client-handling skills. ‘She is completely straightforward with her advice and is fearless in undertaking challenging cases.’ “ Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2016)
  • “Zoe frequently instructed on complex ancillary issues. She has a wealth of experience in financial resolution proceedings associated with cohabitation disputes, especially those complicated by numerous properties, land trusts and pensions. ‘She achieves great results and builds a lovely rapport with each client. She exhibits thorough preparation and possesses an ability to think on her feet.’ ‘She is brilliant – a real fighter for cases – and is very diligent and thorough.'” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2015)

 

Zoe is usually instructed in relation to professional negligence claims involving solicitors arising primarily from cohabitant disputes including ToLATA, trusts and estates, divorce, financial remedies and general matrimonial work.

Zoe’s practice includes both advisory and contentious work relating to trusts, wills and the administration of estates, including claims based on proprietary estoppel and under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Practice Overview

Zoë completed her pupillage with Falcon Chambers, before moving to Bristol to practice family law in October 2004. This background gives her particular insight into cases involving chancery law issues.

Zoë has extensive experience of cohabitation disputes involving ToLATA and Applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act, and is often asked to advise both in writing and in conference as well as acting in disputed cases in the High Court, County Court and before the land registry adjudicator.

She has expertise in financial remedy cases involving multiple properties, trusts of land, complex pensions and insolvency. Zoe has experience in cases involving confiscation order and proceeds of crime act issues and international enforcement of maintenance orders.

Zoë has a fast-growing professional negligence practice dealing with claims involving solicitors arising primarily from cohabitant disputes including ToLATA, trusts and estates, divorce, financial remedies and general matrimonial work.

Zoë is a contributor to Horse Law’ 3rd ed. (2012) J.A. Allen & Financial Provision in Family Matters (2013 & 2014) Thomson.

Zoë is a qualified advocacy trainer and regularly undertakes advocacy training at all levels for Gray’s Inn

Seminars   

Zoë has extensive experience of giving talks at seminars to both lawyers and non-lawyers on the areas in which she practices and is always happy to give a bespoke talk on topical issues. If you would like Zoë to speak at a seminar please contact her clerk.