Zoe O'Sullivan QC


Year of Call: 1993 Year of Silk: 2015

“A real fighter, who is incredibly focused and charismatic and has real gravitas, but who is also easy to work with.” “Great intellect and commerciality.”

Chambers & Partners

Practice Overview

Zoe O’Sullivan QC is a robust and experienced advocate who thrives on the challenges of oral advocacy and cross-examination.   She is described in Chambers UK as “very easy to work with and very hands-on”, “very technically able” and “formidably bright”.  The Legal 500 says: “Zoe is - even by the standards of the commercial bar - highly intelligent and extremely diligent: she is seriously very hard-working. As a result she displays complete mastery of the documents and of the law. She is an extremely tough, but always fair and decent, opponent. A star silk for the future.”

Zoe’s commercial/Chancery practice spans a broad range including IT and outsourcing disputes, shareholder disputes/joint ventures, directors’ duties, banking and finance, civil fraud, oil and gas, and shipbuilding. She is highly experienced in jurisdiction issues and in key interim applications including freezing orders, anti-suit injunctions, and applications under section 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996.

Zoe is also ranked by the Legal 500 as a leading silk in international commercial arbitration.   She is regularly appointed as presiding, sole and co-arbitrator in claims proceeding under the LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, ICC and UNICTRAL rules.   She is on the List of Arbitrators of the HK IAC.

News & Events

  • News

    Zoe O’Sullivan QC and Tim Benham-Mirando ‘The ICC’s new rules: late to the party, but welcome as tools to ensure efficient and fair process’

    Zoe O’Sullivan QC and Tim Benham-Mirando look at the key changes to the ICC Arbitration Rules in an... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2021 Rankings - “They are excellent without exception”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    SCL IT Disputes Group - Software Disputes: a review of the recent law on ownership of copyright, injunctive relief and remedies

    Location: 6 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, WC2A 3QS Read More

    Events

    Dubai Arbitration Week

    Location: Dubai International Financial Centre, Al Fattan Currency House Tower 2 Level 8, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Read More

  • “Very technically able and very client-oriented”, “She’s got the brain the size of a planet”.

    Chambers and Partners
  • Decisive, commercial and approachable.” “She is a highly intelligent and extremely hard-working and thorough advocate, and a very robust cross-examiner.

    Chambers and Partners
  • “Zoe is - even by the standards of the commercial bar - highly intelligent and extremely diligent: she is seriously very hard-working. As a result she displays complete mastery of the documents and of the law. She is an extremely tough, but always fair and decent, opponent. A star silk for the future.”

    Legal 500

Education & Qualifications

Oxford University, MA English Language and Literature (Congratulatory First)

City University, Diploma in Law (Distinction, Arbitrators’ Prize)

Appointments

Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Singapore International Commercial Court

2019: Registered as Advocate before the DIFC Courts

Memberships

Member of the Society for Computers and Law Adjudication Scheme Panel

Languages

Zoe has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.

News & Events

  • News

    Zoe O’Sullivan QC and Tim Benham-Mirando ‘The ICC’s new rules: late to the party, but welcome as tools to ensure efficient and fair process’

    Zoe O’Sullivan QC and Tim Benham-Mirando look at the key changes to the ICC Arbitration Rules in an... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2021 Rankings - “They are excellent without exception”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    SCL IT Disputes Group - Software Disputes: a review of the recent law on ownership of copyright, injunctive relief and remedies

    Location: 6 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, WC2A 3QS Read More

    Events

    Dubai Arbitration Week

    Location: Dubai International Financial Centre, Al Fattan Currency House Tower 2 Level 8, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Read More