Helen accepts instructions from all parties in all aspects of Children Law matters, including local authorities, parents, children and intervenors.
Helen has extensive experience representing parties in care proceedings, during her 16 years’ experience as a Solicitor and since becoming a Barrister.
She is regularly instructed by local authorities, parents, and children in public law cases, often involving domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual and physical abuse, neglect, and cases where there are parties with mental health issues. She also has experience in representing clients in cases of non-accidental injuries.
She regularly works with professional clients and lay clients, and has often had to take instructions directly from children.
Helen has expertise in representing clients where applications have been made for injunctions under the Inherent Jurisdiction in the High Court.
Helen is regularly instructed to represent parties in private law proceedings, including cases where there are allegations of parental alienation, intractable contact disputes, and where domestic abuse allegations are made. She has experience in representing parties in finding of fact hearings.
Helen is instructed regularly to represent children via their guardian in private law proceedings where a guardian has been appointed to represent the child, due to complex matters regarding living arrangements for children.