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Zoe is developing a wide-ranging practice which spans public law and human rights, media and information, immigration and asylum and commercial/competition law.

Media and information law

Zoe is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy, harassment and information law actions. She draws upon her experience prior to joining the Bar, where she worked in a cross-party political office and was involved in the reform of defamation law, the politics of press regulation post-Leveson, the passage of the Investigatory Powers Act and the protection of the BBC’s independence in charter renegotiations. Alongside litigation, Zoe regularly provides pre-publication advice to national print and broadcast news.

Immigration and Asylum

Zoe regularly appears for clients before the First Tier and Upper Tribunals in asylum, Article 8 and deportation appeals. She has a particularly interest in representing vulnerable clients, including trafficking and torture survivors, unaccompanied minors and those with complex mental health needs. Zoe is also instructed in judicial reviews in the Admin Court on behalf of trafficking victims challenging detention, deportation, certification and aspects of NRM policy. She has provided advice in strategic challenge to a far-right group accused of disrupting NGO rescue operations in the Mediterranean, regularly takes on BID hearings and is strongly committed to pro bono work in this area of law.

Public law and Public Inquiries

Zoe has recently been appointed to the EHRC’s preferred panel of counsel. As well as immigration and trafficking-related judicial reviews, Zoe’s public law practice includes public inquiries, counter-terrorism and prisoners’ rights. Zoe wrote her MPhil thesis on the politics of specialist counter-terrorism prisons. She has been instructed in multiple hearings within the Public Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, including into the exploitation of children in youth custodial institutions. Zoe also acts for prisoners in Parole Board hearings. She is currently instructed in Strasbourg proceedings challenging the compatibility of section 9 HRA with Article 13 ECHR.

Commercial and Competition law

Zoe gained exposure to a range of commercial, state aid and competition litigation during traineeship. With a degree partially in economics, she has a keen grasp of the concepts underlying this specialist area. She has since been instructed on behalf of a hedge fund in its state aid challenge to the sale of Coventry FC to Wasps Rugby Club; by Ofgem in a cartel investigation; in the Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry in Northern Ireland; and has advised the ORR on EU law issues.

Publications

Zoe has drafted op-eds for the national press (The Times, Guardian, Telegraph), speeches for politicians and written evidence submitted to parliamentary committees, including the Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill.

With Lord Lester QC, Zoe wrote Five Ideas To Fight For: How Our Freedom is Under Threat and Why it Matters (Oneworld, 2016). The book charts the evolution of the legal protections given to the rule of law, human rights, equality, free speech and privacy in the UK; and describes ways in which those protections are under threat. It has been endorsed by Mary Robinson (former UN Commissioner for Human Rights and President of Ireland), Harold Koh (former legal advisor to President Obama), Sir Sydney Kentridge QC, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; and positively reviewed, including by Lord Pannick QC in The Times. It was cited by the UK Supreme Court in the majority ruling in PJS v NGN [2016] UKSC 26.

Life Before the Bar

Zoe worked in politics and law reform for five years before coming to the Bar. From 2013-2016, she was involved in issues including the application of the Human Rights Act to residential care arranged by local authorities, policy change relating to the funding of safe abortions for rape victims in armed conflict and reform of investigatory powers and defamation law.

In 2012, Zoe worked for an independent commission established by the Coalition Government to investigate the case for a UK Bill of Rights. From 2010-2011, she worked in New Delhi alongside grassroots disability rights activists, towards a federal bill implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Education

Zoe has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and an MPhil degree in International Relations, both from the University of Oxford, which awarded her a full departmental scholarship for the duration of graduate study. Her MPhil thesis (for which she was awarded a distinction) concerned the politics of international law on torture and specialist counter-terrorism prisons. Zoe completed her legal education part time at BPP, where she was awarded a distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law and graded ‘Outstanding’ in the Bar Professional Training Course. Zoe is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, which awarded her Hardwicke and Lord Denning scholarships and the Buchanan Prize for exam performance.

Life away from the Bar

Zoe loves to dance. Away from the Bar, she is often hiking and wild swimming. She has a long-standing connection to two Pacific islands in Vanuatu. She set up a charity program there in 2005, which for many years sent teachers to under-resourced schools and supported ni-Vanuatu students. In life before the Bar, Zoe worked in Russia, France, India and the South Pacific – she speaks fluent Bislama, rusty French and some Hindi.

Memberships

Zoe is a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC), the Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) and JUSTICE.

Privacy Notice

Zoe is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to her clients, including advice and representation services, Zoe needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes her client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which she is instructed. To read Zoe’s privacy notice in full, please see here.