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

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    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

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    Serle Court receives Tier 1 rankings in the Legal 500 2022 directory

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  • “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

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

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

    News

    Serle Court receives Tier 1 rankings in the Legal 500 2022 directory

    We are delighted to announce that Serle Court has received Tier 1 rankings in the following practice areas in the Legal 500... 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