Helen specialises in general commercial litigation and arbitration, professional negligence and insolvency/company law issues.
Her practice has a strong international element with an expertise in jurisdictional disputes and conflict of law issues.
Helen has experience in a wide range of commercial and civil fraud disputes including those involving supply of goods and services contracts, SPAs, commercial agency disputes, and insurance policy disputes. She has a particular interest in restitutionary claims and jurisdictional/conflict of laws issues.Helen acts regularly for non-England domiciled individuals and companies.
An arbitration concerning the supply of commodities in South America (led by Richard Samuel)
A claim by a Jordanian company against the supplier of nanotechnology for fraudulent misrepresentation (led by James Guthrie QC)
A case involving a £3m loan allegedly infringing illegality principles Baxendale-Walker v APL Management Ltd (led by Stephen Hackett)
A commercial court case concerning Mexican tax advice Symrise AG v Baker & McKenzie (led by William Godwin QC)
A commercial sale of goods and misrepresentation dispute in the Bahamas
A £5m claim by a US company against an English company with high profile and high value IP rights alleging breach of an agency agreement (led by Aidan Casey QC)
Helen regularly acts for and against professionals in negligence actions including firms of solicitors, surveyors and valuers, insurance and other brokers or intermediaries, and accountants. Helen is ranked in Legal 500 in professional negligence.
A commercial court trial against a city law firm arising out of tax advice (see Symrise case above)
A claim against an accountant for overvaluing a company
A claim against a mortgage broker for misselling an interest only mortgage
A claim against conveyancing solicitors arising out of a planning permission defect
A claim against a surveyor for failing to appreciate a risk specific to property in the relevant locality
Helen’s practice encompasses civil fraud, shareholder disputes, directors’ disqualification proceedings, misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty claims, unlawful distributions, antecedent transactions, beneficial ownership disputes and other proceedings under the Insolvency Act such as petitions, annulment applications, and requests for examinations.
The leading Supreme Court case on de facto directors: Holland v HMRC (led by Peter Knox QC)
Acting for the Indian former director in relation to a petition debt based on an Indian arbitration award undergoing challenge in the Delhi Supreme Court
A preference, TUV and misfeasance claim on behalf of joint liquidators against a former director of an insolvent company
A claim on behalf of a trustee-in-bankruptcy involving fraudulent misrepresentation against a bankrupt for forging transactions and concealing assets
An unfair prejudice petition arising out of conduct in the aftermath of the breakdown of the marital relationship
Advising on restrictive covenants in the context of a shareholder-employee relationship
Chambers and Partners 2019
Chambers and Partners 2018
Chambers and Partners 2017
Legal 500 (2018)
Legal 500 (2016 and 2017)
Harris Scholarship, Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh and major scholarship.
BA (Law with German Law) (First Class) (Oxon); BCL, Keble College, Oxford
Before joining the Bar, Helen spent a year studying in Germany. She subsequently taught commercial contract law at the LSE.
German (conversational) and French (basic)