Practice Summary

Helen has a broad practice; she accepts instructions for claimants and defendants in commercial, chancery, public law, clinical negligence, and personal injury matters.

Areas of Experience (Select to add to the CV download)

Commercial

- Contractual interpretation and performance
- Insurance, including issues of construction, coverage, and material non-disclosure
- Professional negligence
- Vicarious liability

Examples of her work include:

- Appearing at trial for a hire company in an alleged case of misrepresentation;
- Appearing at a trial relating to the breach of the implied term of reasonable skill and care in the performance of a construction contract;
- Advising and appearing at a costs hearing involving complex issues arising from the involvement of multiple defendants, including issue-based costs assessment; Sanderson; and Bullock orders;
- Advising on the construction of the terms of an offer in settlement negotiations which included a contingency, and whether the purported acceptance was valid;
- Advising on the validity of a verbal contract with a company to share profits;
- Advising on issues of legal capacity; abuse of process; and the validity of a cause of action in a contractual claim.

Chancery

- Insolvency
- Landlord and tenant
- Mortgages
- Real property

Examples of her work include:

- Appearing in a dispute between neighbours as to property damage allegedly caused by encroachment over the property boundary;
- Appearing at trial in proceedings where possession was sought for contested breaches of the tenancy agreement relating to the deterioration of the property;
- Appearing in a property dispute arising from a disputed will;
- Advising in relation to the right and exercise of the power of sale over a commercial property;
- Advising in relation to legal and beneficial ownership in the case of a defective land transfer and complex family arrangements regarding the property;
- Advising on beneficial rights to profits from land and profits of sale over commercial property and perfection of title;
- Advising on a claim under the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 where issues of the existence and extent of shared ownership arose;
- Advising as to the validity of a commercial lease and right to claim for unjust enrichment arising from unauthorised use of the land;
- Advising on the rights of sub-tenants upon the forfeit of the head lease.

Negligence and Personal Injury

- Clinical negligence
- Employer’s liability
- Property damage
- Road traffic accidents

Examples of her work include:

- Appearing regularly in trials and costs and case management conferences, addressing complex issues of expert evidence;
- Advising on liability for alleged negligent nursing care in circumstances where staff had attempted to accommodate the wishes of the family of a terminally ill patient to be involved in providing care;
- Advising on liability in a claim for workplace stress and harassment where vicarious liability was alleged for the inappropriate behaviour of an employee and primary liability was alleged for the management of the internal grievance, including consideration of foreseeability of psychiatric harm;
- Advising on liability for breach of the non-delegable duty of care where maintenance responsibilities were performed by a contractor and allegations of res ipsa loquitur were raised;
- Advising on liability under the Employers’ Liability (Defective Equipment) Act 1969 and common law negligence in relation to failures to provide suitable equipment over an extended duration of time in factually complex circumstances where the employee had serious and complicated pre-existing physical and psychological conditions and causation of the secondary psychological injuries was disputed on the basis that these did not arise from the breaches of the strict statutory duties.

Public

- Civil law claims against public bodies
- Coroner's inquests
- Court of Protection
- Human Rights Act claims
- Judicial review
- Mental Health

Examples of her work include:

- Appearing in inquests and pre-inquest reviews arising from deaths at hospitals where complex medical issues arise;
- Appearing at Mental Health Tribunals in respect of challenges to detention and community treatment orders.
- Assisting with the defence of claims made against the MOD by service personnel involving complex issues of combat immunity and the scope of the duty of care for policy and equipment decisions as a specialist off-panel junior;
- Advising an NHS Trust in relation to a High Court claim made by the estate of a deceased patient for alleged breaches of the right to life and the right to respect for private and family life;
- Advising the MOJ on civil claims made by prisoners, including issues of personal injury and unlawful detention;
- Advising on and drafting grounds of opposition to a judicial review of a child protection decision;
- Volunteering for a summer at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in Ghana.

Education

BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence, the University of Oxford

LLM in Public Law (Merit), UCL

 Awards

Distinction in Moderations from the University of Oxford

Exhibitioner of Brasenose College

Wilfred Getz Scholarship from Gray’s Inn

 

 
 
 

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