Zoë Fleetwood

Partner   zf@dawsoncornwell.com

Zoë Fleetwood - Dawson Cornwell

Ranked in Chambers 2020 and in the elite "Leading Individual" list by The Legal 500 2020, Zoë is known in the field for handling complex cases. She has specialised exclusively in family law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2003. She undertakes private and public law children cases, often with an international element.  

Zoë is a member of the Law Society Children Panel, Child Party Representative and of the Association of Lawyers for Children. She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Children Law and Adoption and she further qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) in 2017.

Zoë is well known for her particular interest and specialism in representing children in proceedings. She represents children through their Guardians and also directly. Her mixed caseload includes child abduction, wardship, domestic violence, forced marriage, special guardianship and adoption including inter country adoption and Hague inter country adoptions.  Zoë advises on EU regulations and 1996 convention for cross border placements. She is accustomed to dealing with cases which involve very serious aspects such as non-accidental injury of a child, sexual abuse, trafficking, jurisdictional disputes and placement overseas.

Zoë sits on the National Committee, as well as the London region of Resolution and is active in responding to consultations as part of her commitment to Justice for All. She is a keen advocate and regularly conducts lengthy trials herself, including the cross-examination of expert witnesses. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has published articles in journals and appeared in the media.

  • The Times Lawyer of the Week for her representation of "JS", the 14 year old teenager who was cryo preserved (October 2016)
  • Shortlisted for Jordan's Associate Lawyer of the Year (2014)

Leading Individual
Zoe Fleetwood who is a name to note is accustomed to dealing with very serious cases involving non-accidental injury to a child, sexual abuse, trafficking, jurisdiction disputes and placements overseas. She “is an amazing solicitor. Her preparation is meticulous and she has a good common-sense approach to difficult issues, as well as managing client expectations which allows them to have realistic goals.”  “She is senior and experienced, and has helped to shape the modern law on relocation.”
The Legal 500 2021

Outstanding in field - Recommended Family Lawyer
Well known for her meticulous children work, "clarity of thought" and "highly supportive and engaging manner."
The Spear's 500 2020

Leading Individual
Zoë Fleetwood is a highly respected specialist in public and cross-border children law. She has in-depth knowledge of care proceedings involving abuse accusations, drawing on notable criminal strength. An interviewee says: "She demonstrates unwavering commitment and compassion not just for clients but also in her fight for their cause. She has always been utterly fearless and determined whether she's at court or in correspondence, showing a steely and very effective strength."
Chambers and Partners 2020

Leading Individual
"Zoe Fleetwood is at the top of her game in children matters and is utterly dedicated to her clients". 
Legal 500 2020

Leading Individual
Zoë Fleetwood is a well-regarded lawyer who specialises in serious public law children matters, with deep knowledge of cases involving severe emotional and physical abuse, complex medical evidence and international child placement. One source considers her "a model of excellence," while another praises her "calm and reassuring manner" and "confident and assured approach."
Chambers and Partners 2019

Leading Individual
Zoe Fleetwood strives hard to achieve the right outcome and to ensure that the client gets the best care". 
Legal 500 2018-2019

Leading Individual
Zoë Fleetwood is an accomplished public law children's lawyer whose experience includes international child placement, serious non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and trafficking allegations. Sources highlight her "clarity of thought, and supportive and engaging manner," as well as her "very strong commitment to ensuring that the very best possible outcomes are achieved for children."
Chambers and Partners 2018

Leading Individual
very empathetic” Zoe Fleetwood, who is "particularly outstanding when representing vulnerable children". 
Legal 500 2017

Zoë Fleetwood is a recent partner at the firm specialising in public law issues where EU regulations are concerned. One impressed source comments: "She's fantastic, handles a heavy caseload really well, works incredibly hard, is really good with clients and is very impressive."
Chambers and Partners 2017

very calm and organised” Zoe Fleetwood is a newly promoted partner.
Legal 500 2016

"a model of excellence" with a "confident and assured approach"

Chambers 2019


"particularly outstanding when representing vulnerable children"

The Legal 500, 2017

 "very strong commitment to ensuring that the very best possible outcomes are acheived for children"

Chambers 2018

"utterly fearless and determined, whether at court or in correspondence, showing a steely resolve and very effective strength"

Chambers 2020