Zoé Pajot is an Associate with our firm and an expert in shipping law, including dispute resolution and advisory.

She has experience advising clients on maritime contracts such as ship construction, refit, sale & purchase; marine insurance policies; carriage and related services Agreements or Terms & Conditions.

She represented P&I clubs, Owners, Charterers, Shipping Lines, Cargo Interests and Marine Insurers in various maritime related disputes, such as cargo claims, charterparty disputes and marine insurance claims. She also advised on regulatory issues, casualties (such as collisions and salvage), as well as ship arrests.

Zoé practiced in France (Civil System) and New Zealand (Common Law System) before joining the firm in 2023.

Zoé has authored numerous publications in her field and has been President of Young Professionals in Yachting association (NZ branch).

She works in English (fluent) and French (native).

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich , London (since May 2023)
  • Legal Advisor (French Qualified Lawyer), Hesketh Henry law firm, Litigation & Resolution of Dispute team, Auckland (NZ) (2018-2022)
  • Associate, Choisez & Associes, Shipping Department, Paris (2016-2017)
  • Associate, Marguet Lemarie & Courbon, Shipping Department, Le Havre (France)  (2015)
  • Trainee Lawyer, Ince & Co (now Stream), Le Havre (France) (2014)
  • In house Trainee Lawyer, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), French Legal Department (2014)
  • Trainee Lawyer, Clyde & Co, Nantes (2012)
  • Legal Assistant, French Maritime Affairs Administration, Paris (2011)
  • Intern Legal Assistant, International Maritime Organisation, London (2010)


  • French Bar Exam, Ecole des Avocats du Grand Ouest, Rennes (2014)
  • Admission Examination to the Bar School, Institut d’Etudes Judiciaires, Nantes (2012)
  • Master’s Degree in Law and Safety of Maritime and Oceanic Activities, Southampton and Nantes Universities (2008-2010)
  • Law Degree, Nantes University (2005-2008)