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Zoë Barton QC

Call: 2003    QC: 2020

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Practice Overview

Zoë is “a forceful advocate” who has “exceptional attention to detail”, “she gets straight to the point and is very knowledgeable”. (Chambers & Partners 2020). She is “very bright, proactive and innovative” and “has a calm disposition and is able to work with her opponents to achieve a satisfactory conclusion without giving them the upper hand” (Legal 500 2020). She has “real presence” (Chambers HNW), “is extremely eloquent and can think quickly on her feet” (Legal 500 2019). She 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 the leading guides to the profession for several years: previous editions describe her as somebody who “understands complex legal issues quickly and flawlessly demonstrates this through her persuasive advocacy” and is “very highly regarded” (Legal 500 2017), noting not only that she is “sharp, concise and very approachable” but also that “Zoë does not shy away from difficult issues and gives her opinion without fear or favour.  She has a discerning eye for the important points in a case” (Chambers & Partners 2018).   She is ranked as a leading barrister in all three principal areas of her practice (property, traditional chancery /trusts and professional negligence), and recognised very much as an experienced court advocate 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”, such that “her work is flawless”, whilst she also “ensures that she is always contactable” and is “easy to work with”.  But what sets Zoë apart from her peers is her “excellent rapport” and 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.