Zoe advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial disputes and has particular experience in complex construction disputes and arbitration.

Zoe returned to Gilbert Walker in 2020 after spending seven years practising international arbitration at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Singapore, Paris and London. She has represented multi-national firms in major commercial and investment treaty arbitrations conducted under the ICC, SIAC and ICSID rules in the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors.  Zoe has also represented directors and other professionals in civil and regulatory proceedings.

Zoe was among the top three graduates in her law school class, being awarded a Senior Scholarship in Law from the University of Auckland in 2010.

She is a member of the Young International Arbitration Group, the Society of Construction Law and the Auckland Women’s Law Association.


  • LLB (Hons) / BA (Auckland)

  • Admitted in New Zealand (2010) and England & Wales (2017)


  • Acting for a listed energy company in multiple arbitrations relating to disputes arising out of hedge contracts

  • Acting for a listed pharmaceutical company in relation to a contractual dispute arising out of the development of a new pharmaceutical

  • Acting for an oil and gas company in an international arbitration in Singapore in a dispute arising from a drilling contract

  • Advising a major energy services company in relation to disputes raised by its customers regarding the company’s strategic direction

  • Acting for two international construction contractors in an ICC arbitration in London concerning the construction of a major healthcare facility

  • Acting for a nuclear power plant supplier in an ICC arbitration in Stockholm concerning the construction of a nuclear power facility