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Zoe Gannon practices across all of Chambers’ main practice areas: public, regulatory, employment and commercial law.
EXPERIENCE and cases
Public and Procurement Law
Zoe has acted for Claimants (both individuals and companies), as well as public authorities, and central government in a number of judicial reviews including high profile and expedited claims.
Zoe, with Jason Coppel QC and Amy Rogers, represented claimant criminal law solicitors in the judicial review challenge to the procurement tender process for duty provider contracts. The Lord Chancellor eventually abandoned the “two tier” policy and so the tender procedure to which it had given rise (R (Fair Crime Contract Alliance) v Lord Chancellor; Kaim Todner and ors v Ministry of Justice).
Led by Jason Coppel QC in MK Law Solicitors Ltd v Lord Chancellor  All ER (D) 161 (May). This case concerned a decision made by the Legal Aid Agency in the fall out from its abandonment of the “two tier” policy. Zoe was also led by Peter Oldham QC in a similar commercial judicial review challenge.
Acted as sole Counsel for Hampstead School in R (HA) v Governing Body of Hampstead School  EWHC 278 (Admin),  ELR 125 concerning the procedure followed when the School decided to educate one of its pupils off-site.
Led by Clive Sheldon QC in R (Logan) v Havering LBC  EWHC 3193 (Admin) which concerned the council tax support scheme and whether it was discriminatory on grounds of age or disability.
During pupillage Zoe also assisted Joseph Barrett in Woods Building Services Limited v Milton Keynes  EWHC 2011 (TCC) for the successful claimant, Woods, in which the High Court set aside a public contract award decision under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.
Zoe has been instructed by and acted for and against a number of regulatory bodies, including the Care Quality Commission, the Local Government Ombudsman and the Information Commissioner. Zoe has also been instructed to challenge decisions of regulatory bodies through Judicial Review seeking injunctive relief.
During 2016 Zoe was also sole counsel to the review conducted by Sir Joseph Pilling into the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) the print industry regulator. Whilst conducting this review Zoe has interviewed witnesses to the review, and drafted submissions and the final report.
Health & community care law
Zoe has particular expertise in community care and healthcare. Zoe regularly acts for and advises local authorities, and clinical commissioning groups in community care and Court of Protection cases. Zoe has experience in defending challenges to the alleged failure to properly assess care needs, and the amount of funds provided to meet needs (Zoe was led by Jonathan Auburn for Oxfordshire in The Queen (o.a.o Luke Davey) v Oxfordshire County Council CO/2491/2016]).
Zoe has an extensive practice in the related fields of mental capacity and healthcare law. She regularly acts for local authorities, health authorities and individuals in the Court of Protection, and High Court. Zoe has particular experience in defending costs applications in long running Court of Protection disputes.
Zoe is frequently instructed to represent academies, schools, local authorities and individuals in SEN cases before the FTT. She has experience of judicial review challenges to school decisions. Zoe has particular experience in exclusion decisions. She is also co-author of the chapter on 16-19 further education with Jonathan Auburn in the forthcoming update to Education Law and Practice (Jordans Publishing).
information and data protection law
The Information Commissioner, public authorities, companies and individuals regularly instruct Zoe to appear in the First and Upper Tier Tribunal in challenges to the Information Commissioner’s decisions.
Zoe is also experienced in representing companies in the County Court in claims for damages under the Data Protection Act and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.
Employment and Commercial Law
In commercial and employment law, Zoe’s recent experience includes whistleblowing and discrimination claims as well as claims for constructive dismissal. Zoe regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal for both claimants and respondents. She is experienced in judicial mediation and has previously appeared as sole counsel in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Recently Zoe was instructed to seek injunctive relief in the High Court in a contractual dispute. She also has a broad range of experience in representing companies and public authorities in the County Court, which includes making strike out and costs applications.
Zoe was awarded a First Class Honours Degree from Warwick University in 2007 and was later graded Outstanding in the Bar Professional Training Course (“BPTC”). She achieved the highest grade in her year in opinion writing.
In addition Zoe has won a number of awards and prizes including:
- Phoenica Scholar (Bar European Group);
- The Holt Scholarship for the BPTC from Gray's Inn (Major Scholarship);
- Norman Tapp Memorial Prize for Mooting from Gray’s Inn;
- Finalist Gray’s Inn Mooting Competition 2013;
- Finalist Times/Herbert Smith Advocacy Competition 2009.
Prior to commencing pupillage Zoe worked for a range of NGOs. Her experience gives her a valuable insight into the polictical process and the demands that unions, public and third sector organisations face.
 EWHC 278 (Admin),  ELR 125, QBD, February 18 2016
Governing body of a school had failed to formulate and communicate the reasons and objectives for its decision to transfer a pupil for off-site education.
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