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Helen joined chambers in 2002 with an outstanding academic background. She is an extremely able and experienced litigator who specialises in all areas of employment, personal injury and clinical negligence law.
Helen’s clients particularly appreciate her effective advocacy and commercial approach to litigation.
She acts for both Claimants and Defendants/Respondents in an advisory capacity and as an advocate at internal and external hearings. She has extensive experience of litigation involving public sector bodies and is therefore particularly familiar with the unique issues such cases can involve. She is registered with the Bar Council as a Public Access practitioner.
Helen has a very successful personal injury practice.
She regularly appears before Circuit and District Judges in the County Courts. She has also appeared in the Queen’s Bench and Admiralty Division of the High Court and in the Court of Appeal.
Helen acts for Claimants and Defendants through major EL and PL insurer clients in all areas of personal injury law. She specialises in employer’s liability claims, occupiers’ liability /defective premises claims, claims concerning road traffic accidents including claims involving the MIB and LVI/fraudulent claims, claims concerning accidents on the highway, Fatal Accidents Act claims, Animals Act claims and holiday claims. She also has experience of Compensation Recovery Unit appeals and inquests.
Helen has particular expertise and interest in occupational stress claims and claims for bullying and harassment including those brought pursuant to the Protection From Harassment Act 1997 given her extensive experience of employment law (including experience of harassment and disability discrimination). Her membership of the Treasury C panel over a number of years has also given her experience of all types of occupational disease claims including those relating to mesothelioma, NIHL, WRULD and VWF.
Helen also specialises in all aspects of civil procedure including summary disposal, strike out, disclosure, experts and costs, including costs budgeting.
Recent cases include:
- YG v BCH – relating to the failure to refer for skin biopsy and/or to refer for secondary care leading to delay in diagnosing mycosis fungoides
- JW v UL – relating to the failure to refer to a specialist vascular unit prior to surgery and the failure to remove an entire rib in a case of Thoracic Outlet Compression Syndrome
- JB v UH – relating to the failure to monitor cortisol levels post operatively and/or make an endocrine referral leading to a delay in providing hydrocortisone replacement therapy
- JC v ST & others – relating to the failure to x-ray post reduction and delay in referring to fracture clinic leading to alleged flexion deformity of the right little finger