Clerking team

Gail Whelan

Assistant Senior & Family Clerk

David Harrald

Family Clerk

Elisa Clement

Family Clerk

Helen read Law at The University of Liverpool and was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 2004. Her area of practice is in Family Law, with a particular emphasis on children cases.

Children (Public and Private law)

Helen has extensive experience in children cases. She has appeared at all levels of the family court. She is regularly instructed to act on behalf of local authorities, parents and children in both private and public law proceedings.

Her experience and expertise includes the following:

  • Chronic neglect
  • Domestic violence
  • Alcohol and substance misuse
  • Serious non-accidental injury
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Child-trafficking
  • Removal from the Jurisdiction – permanent and temporary
  • Factitious illness
  • Parents with learning disability/ difficulties
  • Public interest immunity
  • Designation of local authorities
  • Secure accommodation Order applications
  • Contested adoption and Placement Order applications
  • Applications to discharge Care Orders
  • Applications for Child Arrangements Orders.

Reported Cases

W (A Child – Temporary Removal From the Jurisdiction) [2016] EWFC 4


  • FLBA