Helen Varty

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 01244 323 070

Year of call: 2019

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Helen is a Children Law specialist. Before transferring to the Bar, she practised as a solicitor having qualified in 2003. She subsequently went on to become an Associate Director and Head of the Family Department at a local firm of solicitors in Chester. She has been an Accredited Member of the specialist Law Society Children’s Law Panel since 2009.

Helen was called to the Bar by the Honorable Society of Grays Inn in November 2019.


  • Family - Children

    Helen specialises in dealing with all aspects of Children Law both public and private, but has particular expertise in dealing with Care Proceedings, having regularly represented parents and children via their court appointed guardian. She regularly works with professional clients as well as lay clients and has often had to take instructions direct from children.

    In public law cases Helen has experience in dealing with cases involving domestic abuse, sexual and physical abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, neglect, mental health issues and cases where there have been non-accidental injuries.

    In private law cases Helen has represented children via their guardian in 16.4 cases and those where there are various disputes regarding living and contact arrangements. She has also dealt with cases where there have been injunctions sought under the Inherent Jurisdiction.

    Helen prides herself in working in a conciliatory manner, endeavouring to get the best for her clients at court whilst trying to limit their stress and upset. She gives her clients direct and honest advice to ensure they know exactly what is required of them. In dealing with child care matters Helen recognises that a sympathetic and personal approach is necessary, and she strives to ensure all her clients get that.

    Helen will accept instructions from all parties in children law matters, including local authorities, parents, guardians, and interveners.

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