Helen joined chambers in October 2013 upon completion of her pupillage. She is a specialist civil practitioner, practising predominantly in personal injury and clinical negligence. She is listed in the ‘Up and Coming’ category for Clinical Negligence in Chambers and Partners 2020.
She appears in court on a regular, often daily, basis in civil hearings in London and further afield. Helen also has a busy paper based practice advising and drafting statements of case. She also advises clients on the telephone and in conference. Helen has considerable experience in delivering seminars and presentations and is happy to consider any invitations to do so when appropriate.
Helen prides herself on outstanding advocacy and being approachable and straightforward with clients. She aims to strike the balance between tenacity and confidence in court and pragmatism in advising clients.
She is often praised by both lay and professional clients for her ability to give detailed yet clear practical advice both in conference and at court:
"Her patience…her attention to detail and the manner in which she conducted herself was absolutely exemplary." Client
"She provides clear, pragmatic advice." Chambers & Partners 2020
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Helen accepts instructions to advise on merits, evidence and quantum in a range of areas. Where appropriate, Helen is also confident dealing with settlement discussions and mediations. She deals with the full range of personal injury work including employer liability, occupier liability, public liability, road traffic accidents and holiday claims. She is also developing specific interests in industrial disease cases, particularly Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims, and Animal Act claims.
She appears regularly in the County Court, acting for both claimants and defendants in fast track and multi-track matters. Helen also appears in the High Court, Coroners Court and Admiralty Court on occasion.
Helen has considerable experience in both the CICA and at inquests in relation to issues concerning personal injury. The former in particular has allowed Helen to develop a keen understanding and experience in the challenges of representing vulnerable clients. She has been instructed on appeals involving both eligibility and quantum and, where appropriate, has held conferences with solicitors and client to deal with the same.
Helen has an expanding clinical negligence practice and dedicates much of her time to the same. She is frequently instructed to advise on merits, evidence and quantum at various stages of claims. Helen has been instructed on a variety of cases from delayed diagnosis and treatment in orthopaedic and psychiatric spheres, obstetric and gynaecological claims and dental negligence.
She is well versed in dealing with complicated issues surrounding breach, causation and evidence and is confident in approaching such issues head on with experts by conference or otherwise. Helen also has experience in representing families at inquests where the death has involved clinical negligence issues, with the specific aim of using the inquest as a starting point for a potential civil claim.
Examples of recent cases include advising on complex causation issues in a case concerning periodontal disease involving significant loss of teeth, advising on breach issues concerning a failure to medicate a vulnerable patient and advising on quantum in a case involving significant but fairly short lived complications at birth.
Helen has regularly prosecuted for Transport for London and the CPS for a variety of offences and at both first appearance hearings and contested trials. She has also acted for defendants in a variety of matters and most recently, has represented Defendants faced with motoring charges and other regulatory offences. She has successfully secured acquittals for a variety of driving prosecutions. Helen prides herself on giving practical and realistic advice and is quick to identify evidential difficulties with such cases.
Helen’s main focus has more recently turned to developing her fraud and financial crime practice. She is currently instructed by the Serious Fraud Office as disclosure counsel in an ongoing bribery and corruption investigation.
Helen is regularly instructed on civil actions for the police including closure orders. She was also instructed by the Hertfordshire Constabulary in several of the first Domestic Violence Prevention Orders (DVPOs). She has also advised in writing on evidence admissibility issues relating to PACE search powers.
Helen is frequently instructed for the Home Office, National Crime Agency and HM Revenue and Customs in applications for forfeiture and detention proceedings, condemnation proceedings and other related matters.
She appears at all stages of a case from first hearing to a contested final hearing and deals frequently with litigants in person who appear against her. She has dealt with protracted cash forfeiture matters involving significant amounts of complex financial evidence and has also dealt with proceedings involving items such as knives and cigarettes. She is also instructed on appears to the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) and is experienced in both appearing at said hearings and drafting succinct and persuasive skeleton arguments for the same.
Helen is an experienced licensing practitioner. She is instructed to appear in internal licensing sub-committee hearings held by Local Authorities and is also instructed to appear at appeals of the same to the magistrates’ court and High Court. She is comfortable in dealing with common issues that arise in such matters and drafting skeleton arguments for appeal hearings. She also deals with property and land law licensing issues including HMO’s.
Helen is also an active member of the growing regulatory and professional disciplinary team and is keen to continue expanding her practice into this area. She is signed up to the FSLA Pro Bono Scheme to assist persons who are subject to disciplinary action by the Financial Conduct Authority and whose case has been referred to the Regulatory Decisions Committee ("RDC") or which has been appealed to the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) ("Upper Tribunal").