Zoe McDonnell


  • I am a partner at BLM and specialise in the defence of health and safety and regulatory prosecutions.
  • I advise companies, individuals, public bodies and third sector organisations throughout the course of investigations by the police and regulatory bodies.
  • I attend with individuals at interviews under caution and compelled interviews, providing support at all stages of multi-agency investigations.
  • I regularly undertake advocacy in the Sheriff Courts across Scotland, including Sheriff and Jury trials and Fatal Accident Inquiries.
  • My caseload is varied and clients operate in a range of sectors and industries.
  • I am instructed by those appealing enforcement notices, challenging FFI invoices and regularly instruct Counsel in High Court proceedings.
  • In addition to health and safety and regulatory matters, prior to joining BLM, I gained experience prosecuting and defending a range of cases in the criminal courts.


  • I am a member of the Health & Safety Lawyers Association.

Contact Details

+44 141 307 6701


"Zoe McDonnell is fantastic to work with. She is very astute, sees the whole picture and gives absolutely spot-on advice. She has an exceptional knowledge of health and safety law and criminal law and procedure." "She's very professional, very experienced and has access to industry specialists."

Chambers & Partners 2021

The team [Health & Safety, Glasgow] is led by Zoe McDonnell who is utterly brilliant in her approach to client management, the law and getting the best for the client. She has a mainstream criminal background and displays all the common sense and directness that comes with that. That knowledge and ability have transferred to the benefit of everyone she works with, including insurers, counsel and clients. Her advice and approach to clients is always spot-on and she is incredibly kind to the humans who run organisations putting them at ease with the situation they find themselves in, and the process that is happening around them.

Legal 500 2021

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