A highly experienced children lawyer, Zoë heads the firm’s children law team. Well-known for handling complex cases, Zoë’s experience includes child abduction, wardship, surrogacy, adoption and forced marriage, as well as disputes involving allegations of abuse. Zoë’s cases often have an international dimension.
Committed to children’s rights and ensuring the best outcome, Zoë has considerable experience of representing children directly.
“I am so glad I came to see you when I received the leave to remove application.” - A client
“Thank you. You believed me. That meant more to me than you can ever know.” - A client
“An amazing solicitor” - Legal 500 2021
"Very committed to her clients and works non-stop for them." - Chambers & Partners 2021
Awarded Family Law Case of the Year 2021 for Re H-N  (with Claudia Gilham and others)
Zoë's reported cases
KMM v NAM (Jurisdiction)  EWHC 2300 (Fam)
London NHS Trust v CD and Others  EWCOP 727
Re H-N and others (children) (domestic abuse: finding of fact hearings)  EWCA Civ 448
AG and AB (Children)  EWHC 381 (Fam)
HK (Serious Medical Treatment) (No.3)  EWHC 2991 (Fam)
HK (Serious Medical Treatment) (No.2)  EWHC 2581 (Fam)
S v S (Relocation)  EWHC 2345 (Fam)
NHS Hospital Trust v GM & Ors  EWHC 1710 (Fam)
Re JS (Disposal of Body)  EWHC 2859 (Fam)
Re F (Child’s Objections)  EWCA Civ 1022
In the matter of F (A child) (International Relocation Cases)  EWCA Civ 882
JC (Discharge of Care Order: Legal Aid)  EWFC B39
London Borough of Barnet v M/F  EWFC B152
ML v KW and Anor  EWHC 341 (Fam)
Zoë's awards and rankings
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)
Chambers UK 2021 - Leading Individual
Zoë Fleetwood is renowned for her strength as an advocate and for representing children. She has in-depth knowledge of care proceedings involving abuse accusations, drawing on notable criminal strength. "She's very committed to her clients and works non-stop for them." "She is unflappable and always on top of all her cases."
Legal 500 2021 - 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.”
Spear's 500 2020 - Outstanding in field - Recommended Family Lawyer
Well known for her meticulous children work, "clarity of thought" and "highly supportive and engaging manner."
Chambers and Partners 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."
Legal 500 2020 - Leading Individual
"Zoe Fleetwood is at the top of her game in children matters and is utterly dedicated to her clients".
Chambers and Partners 2019 - 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."
Legal 500 2019 - Leading Individual
Zoe Fleetwood “strives hard to achieve the right outcome and to ensure that the client gets the best care".
Chambers and Partners 2018 - 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."
Legal 500 2017 - Leading Individual
“very empathetic” Zoe Fleetwood, who is "particularly outstanding when representing vulnerable children".
Zoë's press coverage and publications
Family courts 'may allow abusers to inflict more harm' (July 2019) The Times
Press coverage on Zoë’s case of Re JS
Press coverage on Zoë’s case of Re F