Clerking team

Suzanne Heron

Lead Clerk, Family and Court of Protection

Jayne Harper

Family and Court of Protection Clerk

Curtis Russell

Junior Family and Court of Protection Clerk

Zoe is currently in the practising period of a Family law pupillage under the supervision of  Justine Cole. Zoe is available to accept instructions in private and public children work, deprivation of liberty orders, and matrimonial finance proceedings as part of her rapidly growing practice.

Zoe has experience of hearings at all stages of proceedings from the initial hearings or appointments through to findings of fact and final hearings. She acts for local authorities, parents, and children by their guardians.

Issues that Zoe has dealt with include drug and alcohol misuse, neglect, mental health, domestic abuse, and non-accidental injury.

In recent cases Zoe has:

  • Successfully argued on behalf of a local authority for a care order with placement at home in exceptional circumstances following the case of JW
  • Secured a variation of a specific issue order to change the school that a child should attend
  • Represented a respondent in committal proceedings where the judge had found repeated breaches of a court order, resulting in a suspended sentence of 3 months imprisonment

Zoe is meticulous in drafting documents including threshold, position statements, skeleton arguments, case summaries and court orders.

Zoe is approachable and personable, allowing her to build rapport quickly with clients and negotiate effectively with other parties. She has experience representing vulnerable clients including neurodivergent clients and clients with learning difficulties.

She has a practical and issue-focussed approach, allowing her to quickly get up to speed with cases and get to the heart of matters.

Prizes

  • Runner-up, Hammond Cup, Nottinghamshire Law Society 2023

Education

  • BPC, Very Competent, University of Law, Nottingham (2023)
  • GDL, Distinction, University of Law, Nottingham (2022)
  • BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Pharmaceutical Science, University of Nottingham (2015)

Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Women in Family Law