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

Chambers of Matthew White
St John's Chambers

Work Department

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


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


Called 2003; pupillage with Falcon Chambers in London; joined St John’s Chambers 2004.
Deputy District Judge


  • 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)


Freediving, scubadiving and skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy)Ranked: Tier 2

Zoë SaundersSt John’s ChambersA very dedicated barrister who is always keen for a challenge.’

St John’s Chambers is a ‘very strong family set‘, housing a team which ‘covers all aspects of family law‘. Christopher Sharp KC ‘is always first-rate‘, with an established track record in acting for guardians, local authorities and parents in serious cases of alleged child abuse, and complex financial remedy claims involving foreign pensions and assets. Judi Evans is ‘determined and unflappable‘, and is sought after for her expertise in cases involving child abduction and international relocation of children. The ‘tenaciousLucy Reed recently represented a journalist before the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the publication of a fact-finding judgment and subsequent identification of the parents. Zoe Saunders heads up the family finance group, and is regularly instructed in cases involving cohabitation disputes.