Helen’s practice encompasses all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on both family finance and private law children work for which she has earned recognition in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.
Helen also regularly advises and acts for clients in both Schedule 1 disputes and applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
Helen has considerable experience of representing clients at all levels of tribunal and is frequently instructed in cases where Queen's Counsel is instructed on the other side. Helen is equally confident representing high-net-worth individuals with the most complex of financial arrangements as she is dealing with the often more challenging cases where finances are genuinely limited or limited as a result of the actions of one or other of the parties.
Known for her thorough preparation and her sensible and personable approach Helen has also been described as an excellent advocate with strong analytical skills.
Children (Private Law)
Helen is regularly instructed in a variety of private law disputes involving allegations of serious domestic violence, sexual abuse and parental alienation. In particular, she is known for her sensitive approach to such issues whilst maintaining a forthright manner in court in order to achieve the best result overall for her clients.
She also has experience in dealing with applications for both internal and domestic relocations, in respect of which she has achieved considerable success.
Family Finance & Property
Helen has considerable expertise in all areas of family finance and property work.
She is regularly instructed by high-net-worth individuals and is as confident in dealing with the most complex of business structures and trusts as she is dealing with more modest assets.
Helen also both advises and represents clients in respect of applications made under Schedule 1 of the Children Act as well as assisting to resolve property disputes between former cohabitants (TOLATA).
What the Directories Say
“Helen has a fantastic manner with lay clients, who immediately put their trust in her.” Tier 3 – Legal 500, 2022
“Helen is technically brilliant and outstanding with the clients.” Tier 5 – Legal 500, 2022
"Manages clients' expectations well, and immediately puts them at ease with her personal approach. She goes above and beyond in her preparation for cases, and in court she is robust, measured and sensible." Band 4 - Chambers and Partners 2021
"Helen is able to handle difficult clients in a sensitive, simple and straightforward manner." Band 4 - Chambers and Partners 2021
"Very kind, confident and approachable, Deals with difficult clients in a very empathetic and clear manner." Tier 4 - Legal 500, 2021
“Helen is quite a fighter in terms of standing her ground.” Chambers and Partners 2020
“Always well prepared, she is a confident advocate who puts clients at ease. She is firm in negotiation and always makes sure the clients know when to concede points and when they should maintain their position.” Chambers and Partners 2020
“Is an excellent advocate with a no-nonsense but highly persuasive style.” Legal 500 2020
Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2022 – Top Ranked Set in Family: Matrimonial Finance
It is very pleasing to see Chambers as a Top Ranked set in Divorce and Financial Remedy in the 2022 edition of Chambers & Partners.
Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2022 – Top Ranked Set in Family: Children
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Family: Children Public and Private Law in the 2022 edition of Chambers & Partners.
The Legal 500 2022 – Leading Set in Family Finance
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Family (Including Divorce and Financial Remedy) in the 2022 edition of Legal 500.
Tier 3 - 2022
Chambers and Partners
Band 4 - 2021
Tier 4 - 2021
Chambers and Partners
Band 3 - 2020
Tier 4 - 2020