Helen Davey

Helen Davey - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Helen studied Law at the University of Manchester and completed the Bar Course at BPP Law School, London. Helen secured pupillage at St Mary’s Family Law Chambers in Nottingham and was offered tenancy in 2009. She practiced on the Midlands Circuit until 2012 when she was offered and accepted tenancy at Bank House Chambers Sheffield before moving to St. John’s Buildings in May 2014.


  • Family Law Bar Association

Follow Helen on Twitter: @HelenDaveySJB


  • Family - Children

    Helen is a Family Law specialist. Helen’s practice is primarily focused on Children Act cases, both public and private law. Helen regularly represents local authorities in public law proceedings and advises on issues such as designation and in relation to recent public law developments following on from the authorities of Re B and Re B-S. Helen also represents parents, children and grandparents in both public and private law Children Act cases involving issues including non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and parental alienation. Helen’s friendly and sensitive manner means that she is often instructed to represent very vulnerable clients including victims of domestic violence and parents with learning difficulties. She also has a particular interest in cases involving linked criminal and care proceedings.

    Helen gives seminars and training to local solicitors. Recently this has included: A Public Law Children Act Update and An Introduction to the 2013 Protocol and Good Practice Model Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings. She is currently presenting a seminar titled: “Post Re B-S, a public law update”.


    E (A Child : Contact) [HC 180 (Fam) (29 January 2015)

    Helen represented the Father in a non-traditional family case in which the Mother is a homosexual female and his Father is a heterosexual male. They met via a website where both were looking for someone with whom to parent a child. E was eventually conceived by artificial insemination, but following the breakdown of the parents’ friendship, the Father filed an application for contact, parental responsibility and a declaration of parentage.

    Click here to read Helen’s summary of the case.

    Click here to read the full judgement.

    A Local Authority v S

    Helen represented two children in a seven-day care final hearing involving a Mother who presented with symptoms of Factious or Induced Illness. Various medical experts gave evidence during the course of the hearing regarding multiple presentations of the children by their Mother at hospital alleging physical symptoms and sexual abuse.

    W v S

    Helen represented a convicted child abuser in successfully appealing an order which dismissed his application for contact at the initial directions appointment. This was before any evidence was filed, leading to an infringement of the Appellant’s Article 6 and 8 convention rights.

    A Local Authority v F and S

    Helen represented a Mother with a diagnosis of schizophrenia in care and placement proceedings relating to her new born baby. This case involved two differing expert opinions relating to the Mother’s capacity to conduct litigation and challenge of these opinions in cross-examination.

    A Local Authority v S

    Helen represented a Father accused of causing multiple fractures to his two-week-old baby. This case involved expert evidence from three different health care professionals.

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