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 recommended by Chambers UK Bar for Commercial Dispute Resolution and Information Technology.

Zoe 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.

Zoe is registered in the DIFC and admitted to the Bar of the BVI.

News & Events

  • News

    Zoe O’Sullivan QC admitted to the BVI Bar

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that Zoe O’Sullivan QC has been admitted to practise as a barrister... Read More

    News

    #SerleShare - Judgment in Bugsby Property LLC v LGIM Commercial Lending Limited [2021] EWHC 1054 (Comm) (Henshaw J).

    #SerleShare – Following a recent judgment in Bugsby Property LLC v LGIM Commercial Lending Limited [2021] EWHC 1054 (Comm) Zoe O&rsquo... Read More

  • Events

    Getting Through the Part 6 Gateway: Service out of the Jurisdiction

    Location: Online via Zoom Read More

    Events

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

    Location: Online 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

2021: Admitted to the BVI Bar

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 admitted to the BVI Bar

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that Zoe O’Sullivan QC has been admitted to practise as a barrister... Read More

    News

    #SerleShare - Judgment in Bugsby Property LLC v LGIM Commercial Lending Limited [2021] EWHC 1054 (Comm) (Henshaw J).

    #SerleShare – Following a recent judgment in Bugsby Property LLC v LGIM Commercial Lending Limited [2021] EWHC 1054 (Comm) Zoe O&rsquo... Read More

  • Events

    Getting Through the Part 6 Gateway: Service out of the Jurisdiction

    Location: Online via Zoom Read More

    Events

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

    Location: Online Read More