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Zoe is a solicitor in the Property Litigation Department.

Zoe acts for both commercial and residential clients in respect of a range of property litigation issues including landlord and tenant disputes, arrears recovery, possession and forfeiture proceedings and breach of lease covenant matters. Zoe acts for both landlords and tenants, as well as having experience in dealing with neighbour disputes, advising in relation to rights of way and rights of light and successfully resisting adverse possession claims.

Zoe read Law at the London School of Economics and completed her LPC at BPP Law School receiving a distinction. Zoe qualified as a solicitor in October 2012 and joined Bircham Dyson Bell in February 2016.

Career Highlights:

  • Represented a restaurant client in commercial possession proceedings defending the claim on the basis that the client had a continuing business tenancy of the premises rather than an expired licence to occupy;
  • Advised and acted on behalf of an investor landlord seeking and obtaining possession of residential premises under a common law tenancy, pursuing arrears of circa £90,000 and defending a counterclaim for damages for disrepair;
  • Issued possession proceedings on behalf of a residential landlord against a tenant under an AST following the expiry of the contractual term and obtaining judgment for arrears of circa £149,000, interest and costs;
  • Represented a pub landlord in commercial forfeiture proceedings for breaches of covenant by its tenant, successfully resisting the tenant’s application for relief from forfeiture and subsequently dealing with enforcement via a Writ of Possession;
  • Advised and acted for a private individual in relation to a neighbour dispute, obtaining the discharge of a without notice injunction and continuing to defend injunction proceedings and a circa £15,000 damages claim;
  • Acted on behalf of a restaurant client in successfully obtaining the setting aside of Judgment against the client by consent and discharge of an Interim Charging Order in connection with disputed unpaid electricity charges and negotiating a favourable settlement for the client; and
  • Advised and acted on behalf of a private individual in relation to a dispute with his building contractor defending proceedings for unpaid contractor’s fees on the basis of substandard and incomplete works and coming to a satisfactory settlement of the proceedings.

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