Helen is a versatile practitioner with a wide ranging and successful practice.
She is consistently listed in the Legal 500 and Chambers directories in a number of areas, including: in Administrative & Public Law; Human Rights and Civil Liberties; Education; Local Government; Elections and Employment law. Helen was Chambers & Partners’ Public Law and Human Rights Junior of the Year in 2009; shortlisted as Barrister of the Year by the Lawyer Magazine in 2010 and in the Lawyer’s “Hot 100” Lawyers for 2011. In 2015 she was on the shortlist for the Legal 500’s ‘Administrative & Public Law Silk of the Year’.
Helen is on the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s panel, and was on the Treasury A Panel before taking silk. She is a special advocate, and sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court and as a civil and criminal recorder. She is also a qualified mediator. Helen is Joint Chair of the Management Committee alongside Hugh Southey QC.
As a highly regarded public law specialist, Helen has appeared in many significant cases, including three Supreme Court victories in 2015.
Particular areas of expertise include regulatory work, equality law, terrorism and national security, education law, social welfare and election law.
Helen is particularly well-known for cases concerning discrimination and equality questions as they arise in public law, employment, commercial and other contexts.
She is also one of the few practitioners at the Bar with frequent election law experience.
Recent and notable cases include
• R (Tigere) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills  UKSC 57;  1 WLR 3820
• R (Cornwall County Council) v Secretary of State for Education  UKSC 46;  3 WLR 213
• R (Johnson, Hotak & Kanu) v London Borough of Southwark  UKSC 30;  2 WLR 1341
• Bracking v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  EWCA Civ 1345,  EqLR 60
• R (Woolas) v Parliamentary Election Court  EWHC 3169 (Admin);  QB 1
• R (E) v Governing Body of JFS  UKSC 15;  2 AC 728
• Elias v Secretary of State for Defence  EWCA Civ 1293;  1 WLR 3213;
• YL v Birmingham City Council & Others  UKHL 27;  1 AC 95
• R (RB (Algeria) and Othman(Jordan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKHL 10;  2 AC 110
• Stec v United Kingdom
• Hatton v United Kingdom
• Big Brother Watch & Ors v United Kingdom (forthcoming, European Court of Human Rights)
• MA v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions (forthcoming, Supreme Court)
Further details of Helen’s cases and practice in specific areas are available in her CVs.
Helen accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.
This year the Legal 500 says ‘courts respect her; clients love her; opponents are in awe of her’. She has also been described as ‘accessible, hardworking and handles a remarkable range of work with skill and panache’ (Legal 500); an ‘impressive’, ‘engaging’, ‘fearless and tactical advocate’, who combines creative arguments, a clear forensic style and an understanding and empathetic approach to clients (Chambers & Partners).