Zoe Saunders

Year of Call: 2003

Inn: Grays Inn

Judicial Office: Deputy District Judge

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Zoe is very sharp and knowledgeable whilst being understanding of a client’s difficulties. She is an outstanding advocate in court. She’s very thorough, very good with clients and effective at explaining things.”
Chambers UK,  2022

Zoë is a specialist family law barrister, and 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 farms and farming businesses, multiple properties, trusts of land, complex pensions and insolvency. Zoe has experience in cases involving confiscation orders and proceeds of crime act issues and international enforcement of maintenance orders.

Zoë has considerable experience in private law children disputes, particularly cases involving intractable contact disputes and parental alienation.

Zoë also specialises in cases involving international issues both in financial remedy work where cross-border marriage issues arise on divorce or international assets are involved and in children cases including disputes regarding international relocation and is frequently instructed to deal with cases at high court level.

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.

She is also one of the authors for the Dictionary of Private Children Law (2022). The book is a unique reference guide to the key concepts, cases and practice of private children law. Read more here.

Zoe is a IFLA qualified arbitrator in financial matters. For further information about our alternative dispute resolution services click here.


  • Deputy District Judge

Professional memberships:

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Resolution
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Western Circuit
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Professional Negligence Lawyers Association, Gray’s Inn (Bencher)
  • Society of Mediators
  • IFLA qualified arbitrator in financial matters

Qualifications & awards:

  • BA Joint Hons (Bristol), PGDL (City)
  • Scholarships David Karmel Award & Lord Justice Holker Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)