Personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner with a pragmatic approach to cases and a wealth of experience as a trial advocate in the County, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts; committed to providing first-rate client care.
Helen has over 10 years’ experience in a wide range of personal injury matters; including but not limited to:
– Road traffic accidents (including claims under the Uninsured Drivers’ and the Untraced Drivers’ – Agreements, insurance fraud, staged and induced accidents and phantom passenger claims);
– Public and employers’ liability claims;
– Defective premises;
– Fatal accidents;
– Product liability (including breaches of statutorily implied terms, medical devices and medical treatments);
– Applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority;
She acts for both claimants and defendants in an advisory and representative capacity; and is regularly instructed in matters involving complex medical issues.
With invaluable experience of prosecuting cases under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, Helen is developing a practice in bullying and stress at work claims. Her practice also incorporates a broader range of industrial disease and occupational illness, including mesothelioma and upper limb disorders.
In clinical negligence, Helen’s work covers a full spectrum of cases in dental negligence, delayed and wrongful diagnosis, surgical and birth injury claims; extravasation injuries, unnecessary and unwarranted surgery and cases involving complex orthopaedic injuries. There is a particular focus on obstetrics and gynecology.
Her compassionate and sensitive approach plays a key part in identifying and addressing client needs.
She has also represented families at inquests in a clinical negligence context.
As a polyglot, Helen has deployed her language skills in complex, multi party actions; involving cross-border and jurisdictional issues in Peru and the Côte d’Ivoire. In 2015, she was selected by the Bar Council to complete a law firm placement in São Paulo.
Helen is a contributor to the Personal Injury Brief Update newsletter. She was previously invited to speak at the annual conference for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; and she frequently provides in-house seminars on a variety of current topics, such as the Rehabilitation Code and fixed recoverable costs.
Times Law Awards (2007), 3rd place
Secretary of the Barrister Group, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
BA (Hons) French, Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Nottingham
Graduate Diploma in Law, The College of Law
Bar Vocational Course, The College of Law
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Actions against Medical Accidents
Personal Injury Bar Association
French, Portuguese, Spanish
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