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Zoë Barton

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Practice Overview

Zoë is “a concise, effective and tenacious advocate”, who has “a confident manner … is very direct with judges and is very persuasive”.  Zoë has developed these skills through the wealth of contested trials and applications in which she has appeared and which have resulted in her being recognised in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for several years.  She is ranked as a leading junior in all three principal areas of her practice (property, trusts and professional negligence), with one solicitor commenting “she’s absolutely fabulous and is very persuasive before the court. I would not want to be on the end of a cross-examination by her” (Chambers & Partners 2017).

Zoë applies herself assiduously to her clients’ cases and combines being “very quick to get to grips with matters” with “a keen eye for detail” whilst she also “ensures that she is always contactable” and is “easy to work with”.  But what sets Zoë apart from her peers is the way in which she “builds incredible faith in her clients”.  She is “good at keeping everybody focused”, “very calm”, “very approachable, and very keen to see a good result for the client”.  Zoë understands and reflects her clients’ objectives and as a fan of saying what she thinks, she “provides forthright, unwavering advice” communicated in “a nice manner … that clients appreciate”, leaving “[clients] … very impressed with her”.  She knows that litigation is a war of attrition, understands the importance of strategy and uses her ability to “[deal] with the technical issues very well” to that end, creating and exploiting weaknesses in her opponents.

Whilst she is particularly recommended for property, trusts and related professional negligence her practice encompasses the broader commercial chancery work that arises against the background of property ventures and relationships which give rise to fiduciary duties, both in traditional and commercial settings. She is frequently instructed in cases which involve fraud or call for equitable remedies as her appreciation of where the merit lies lends itself particularly well to cases concerning the exercise of discretion.

Zoë is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.