I am a family solicitor at Paris Smith LLP, having qualified into Neil Davies’ team within the department in October 2018 following the completion of my training contract at the firm.
I now undertake all aspects of family work, including divorce, the resolution of finances on breakdown of marriage, private children matters, cohabitation, pre and post nuptial agreements and domestic violence.
In addition to my post-qualification experience, I also have the benefit of a year of experience following two seats in the Family department during my training contract. Throughout my career so far I have been lucky enough to assist on a number of high value and complex matrimonial matters including offshore and family trusts, companies, significant pension provision and cases with an international element. Equally, I regularly deal with clients with less significant wealth, and this often involves being creative in order to find satisfactory solutions that enables both parties to move on.
I have also experienced a number of private children matters ranging from standard applications to formalise arrangements for a child to cases involving complicating factors such as mental health issues and addiction such that there is Children’s Services involvement. I have also recently experienced a number of cases involving the LGBTQ community which has developed my knowledge of the issues often faced in such cases.
During my training contract and since qualification, I have spent a significant amount of time in court, giving me invaluable insight into family litigation. Whilst I am therefore confident in the court arena, I do appreciate the uncertainty of litigation and I am committed to resolving matters for my clients in the most cost effective and constructive way.
I pride myself on attention to detail but couple this with looking at the bigger picture and focusing on solutions. I also aim to guide and support my clients throughout the emotional time that they are typically experiencing with straightforward but empathetic advice.
I was more than happy with Neil and Zoe during their handling of my recent divorce. I felt like I had both friends and professionals genuinely interested and concerned for me and my interests. Importantly they kept an eye on the financials, but did not lose track of what was the right thing to do as well seeking justice in very difficult circumstances.
Mr C, London
Zoe’s assistance was invaluable. She has a fantastic grasp of detail and is very commercially minded. She has a maturity well beyond her 18 month PQE and is a great asset.
- Max Lewis, Barrister
29 Bedford Row Chambers
From start to finish Zoe has been so informative and invaluable to us. With Zoe’s guidance, knowledge and understanding we were able to keep our focus on the matter at hand and settle at the first court hearing. We are so very grateful.
Mr B, Applicant Father, Children Case