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 has been excellent. She is reassuringly strong and firm in advice, very clear in requirements and great at communication updates. She is excellent in providing information and she is very professional and knowledgeable. She is very much invested in her cases.’

Chambers and Partners 2022 - Health & Safety (Scotland)

‘Zoe McDonnell is the stand-out partner who leads the team in Scotland. She has wide experience in the area and is respected by clients, counsel and the courts alike. Zoe adopts a meticulous approach to preparation; she is pragmatic and tactically aware.’

Legal 500 2022 - Health & Safety

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