Barrister, Matrix Chambers
Consistently ranked in the Directories and picked by Legal Week as one of the most promising juniors at the Bar, Helen has a broad criminal, civil and public law practice, with a focus on criminal justice and human rights.
Legal 500 describes Helen as “A skilled cross-examiner with the ability to construct a very persuasive legal argument.” Chambers & Partners 2015 writes that “She is one of the most skilled juniors I’ve seen, and has a rare talent to be able to turn her hand to civil and criminal litigation with equal aplomb. … She is able to handle complex legal issues and offers excellent drafting. … She’s extremely approachable, knowledgeable and thoroughly reliable.”
Helen prosecutes and defends in criminal matters, both on her own and as a junior. In addition to her trial work, she has been instructed in criminal cases before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Privy Council and European Court of Human Rights. She is a Grade 2 prosecutor. Her notable cases include R v Lord Taylor (in which she appeared alone for the Crown) and R v Lord Hanningfield (where she was led by Clare Montgomery QC), in relation to House of Lords’ expenses claims, and FSA v Swallow with Matthew Ryder QC, one of The Lawyer’s Top Cases of 2012, concerning inside dealing. She regularly undertakes criminal justice related public law matters, with a particular expertise in challenges to decisions not to prosecute and the scope of the ECHR positive obligations in criminal investigations.