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Helen returned to Chambers in 2013, having previously completed her pupillage at 42 Bedford Row under the supervision of Richard Furniss and Damian Woodward-Carlton. Helen has established a broad-based practice and accepts instructions in all key areas of Chambers’ work, with particular focus on:

Employment and Professional Disciplinary Law

Helen represents Claimants and Respondents in core areas of employment law including discrimination, unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, redundancy, pay claims and whistle blowing. Employment Appeal Tribunal experience. Her practice has been informed, in part, by experience gained prior to the Bar through voluntary work for the Free Representation Unit and Citizens’ Advice Bureau. As a natural adjunct to Employment Law, Helen is particularly interested in developing her professional disciplinary practice. Of note, Helen has gained invaluable expertise working in-house for two of the UK’s largest medical regulators’ fitness to practise departments. Her experience includes conducting interim and substantive hearings.

Family Law

Helen is regularly instructed in all aspects of family law: ancillary relief, public children, private children and domestic violence. FPC, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal experience. Member of FLBA.

Property Law

Helen has experience at representing public sector and private landlords as well as tenants. Her practice encompasses claims for possession, disrepair, trespass, homelessness, antisocial behaviour, adverse possession and service charge disputes.

Other information

  • An important part of Helen’s professional life is the pro bono work she undertake though Waterloo Legal Advice Service at its weekly clinics. Her casework broadly mirrors her practice: housing, employment, family, consumer and contractual disputes.
  • Before training to become a barrister, Helen worked in planning policy and development control in central government, developing expertise in planning law, planning policy, public law and regulatory procedures more generally. Helen will accept instructions in planning related public inquiry work such as enforcement appeals.
  • In her spare time Helen enjoys painting, cooking and cycling.

Areas of Expertise

Professional memberships

  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Inner Temple


  • 2008 – Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL) Bar Vocational Course -Very Competent
  • 2006 – Open University: LLB Upper Second Class

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