Zakiya Bhayat joined Devry Smith Frank LLP (‘DSF’) in 2021 as an associate lawyer in our Family Law Group in Toronto. She earned her LL.B. at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, graduating with First Class Honours. While in law school, she worked as a student advisor with the university’s Pro Bono Group where she worked on cases relating to immigration, wills and estates, and a variety of family law matters. During her summers she interned at a boutique family law firm in Toronto. Upon returning to Canada, she obtained her LL.M. at Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar in 2020.
Prior to joining DSF, Zakiya advocated on behalf of clients at a boutique family law firm in Toronto where she gained extensive litigation experience in divorce and separation, custody/decision-making, parenting time/access, support, property, and child protection proceedings.
Zakiya understands the stress that comes with needing a family law lawyer and works to make such a difficult time go smoothly with compassion and expertise. Out of respect for her clients, she is always considerate, yet realistic when advising on the next steps of solving their matters. Zakiya adopts a sensible approach when reviewing litigation matters or negotiating settlements, and does not shy away from confrontation in order to ensure her clients receive the best possible solutions. Zakiya’s passion for family law and social service is fueled by her empathetic personality. She has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and although her practice is taking her to the courtroom often for conferences, motions, and trials, she also uses collaborative and alternative processes to reach agreements that are mutually beneficial for all parties involved.
Outside of the office she enjoys spending her time outdoors, volunteering at community events, and catching up on her favourite Netflix series.
Proevski v. Roffel, 2020 ONCJ 310 (CanLII)
Dufort v. Price, 2021 ONSC 2913 (CanLII)