Zoe Saunders > Chambers of Matthew White > Bristol, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Matthew White
St John's Chambers

Work Department

Court of Protection, Family & Divorce, Inheritance Act 1975, Professional Negligence, Proprietary Estoppel, Trusts


Called 2003, Deputy District Judge 2021, Recorder 2023

Zoë is a specialist family law barrister, mediator and arbitrator. She 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.

Zoe is a IFLA qualified arbitrator in children cases and financial matters


  • 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 Children and Finance cases


  • BA Joint Hons (Bristol), PGDL (City)
  • Scholarships David Karmel Award & Lord Justice Holker Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
  • Zoë has completed the FLBA Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training


Freediving, scubadiving and skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family: divorce and financial remedy

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Zoë SaundersSt John’s ChambersZoe is a powerhouse, in both her preparation and on her feet. Her swift grasp of case nuances and complexities is second to none, and is matched only by her robust but kind way with clients.’

St John’s Chambers is a strong set for divorce and financial remedy work, with several barristers, including a KC, well-known across the Western Circuit for acting in high-value and technically complex cases. Zoe Saunders, specialising in cases involving farms and farming businesses, multiple properties, trusts of land, complex pensions schemes, and insolvency, heads the team. Christopher Sharp KC has considerable experience in high-net-worth cases, while Bethany Scarsbrook’s practice includes cases involving allegations of non-disclosure as well as complex multi-jurisdictional asset structures. Andrew Commins has left the profession.