Helen has a busy commercial and civil fraud practice with an increasing amount of work with a cross-border element.
A £5m claim by a US company against an English company with high profile and high value IP rights concerning breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duty and the fraudulent dissipation of monies (led by Aidan Casey QC)
A multi-party fraud action said to arise out of the misappropriation of luxury cars worth c£1.5m at a prominent London hotel and their unauthorised transfer to Switzerland
Advising upon force majeure construction issues in light of Covid-19 in the context of a substantial long-lease of equipment in the Bahamas.
A summary judgment matter involving a high-net worth individual concerning a £3.7m loan and issues of mistake, illegality, misrepresentation, res judicata and abuse of process. (led by Jonathan Seitler QC)
A commercial court case concerning Mexican tax advice. (led by William Godwin QC)
An arbitration concerning the supply of commodities in South America (led by Richard Samuel)
A claim by a Jordanian company against the supplier of nanotechnology for fraudulent misrepresentation (led by James Guthrie QC)
Helen has extensive experience across the breadth of professional negligence actions including firms of solicitors, surveyors and valuers, insurance and other brokers or intermediaries, and accountants. Helen is regularly named in the Professional Negligence category of Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, and is currently ranked in the Legal 500  edition.
A commercial court trial against a city law firm arising out of tax advice (see Symrise case above)
A claim against an accountant for overvaluing a company
A claim against a mortgage broker for misselling an interest only mortgage
A claim against conveyancing solicitors arising out of a planning permission defect
A claim against a surveyor for failing to appreciate a risk specific to property in the relevant locality
Helen has substantial experience of all aspects of company and contentious insolvency matters, including shareholder disputes, directors’ disqualification proceedings, misfeasance/breach of fiduciary duty claims, unlawful distribution claims, antecedent transaction challenges, beneficial ownership disputes and other proceedings under the Insolvency Act such as petitions, annulment applications, and applications for examinations.
A complex unlawful dividend and misfeasance claim against a former director of an insolvent company raising issues which include directorial responsibility where a company falls victim to a fraud
Advising in conjunction with local lawyers on winding up proceedings in the Isle of Man on the grounds of a petition debt based on an Indian arbitration award undergoing challenge in the Delhi Supreme Court
The leading Supreme Court case on de facto directors. (led by Peter Knox QC)
A claim on behalf of a trustee-in-bankruptcy involving fraudulent misrepresentation against a bankrupt for forging transactions and concealing assets
An unfair prejudice petition arising out of an acrimonious breakdown of trust at a construction company
Advising on restrictive covenants in the context of a shareholder-employee relationship
Helen undertakes a range of financial services and banking work as part of her broad commercial practice. In addition to guarantee disputes and other contractual claims, Helen’s expertise in insolvency and civil fraud is a considerable asset in this area. She has also been instructed in a number of professional negligence cases against financial and insurance intermediaries.
Helen is regularly invited to speak on topics related to banking and finance, including Quincecare claims and cryptocurrency. She has been published on a range of topics in the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law and other leading publications. Helen is a member of Chancery Bar Association, Commercial Law Bar Association, the Professional Negligence Bar Association, Thought Leaders 4 Fraud, Insolvency, Recovery and Enforcement and the Female Fraud Forum.
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Advising a finance company upon the enforceability of its loan agreement and associated guarantees against husband and wife co-directors. The case raises a number of issues not atypical in cases where the debtor company is a family-run business, including questions of authority and forgery.
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Acting for a high profile, high net worth individual in an action to recover a significant loan raising issues including the validity of a deed, promissory estoppel and limitation.
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Advising a high net worth foreign national in connection with a claim against his former solicitors arising out of multi-million losses due to issues relating to deeds of priority and the registration of charges between competing lenders, and a claim against another lender and its receiver appointed under a registered charge for sale at an undervalue and other breaches.
Advising the former spouse of a company director upon the validity and enforceability of an all-monies guarantee provided to an institutional lender to secure her former spouse’s failing business.
Acting for a client in an action for breach of MCOB rules in a typical ‘interest-only’ mortgage mis-selling case.
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"Helen has a fantastic grasp of the intricacies of professional negligence, and an approachable and understanding demeanour which helps to build a quick rapport with clients."
Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2022
"A tenacious, confident advocate who is incredibly switched on. Clients appreciate Helen's determination, and her commitment to their case."
Commercial Litigation, Legal 500 2022
"Has an enviable ability to grasp large amounts of information quickly and draft claims logically, thoroughly and with precision."
Insolvency, Legal 500 2022
"She is very bright and able."
"She is extremely able and highly regarded."
"She has excellent attention to detail and offers very good tactical advice."
Chambers and Partners 2019
"Her written advice is always well argued and thought out, and she is a persuasive advocate."
Chambers and Partners 2019
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In addition to writing for chambers’ own publications, Helen regularly contributes to a range of external journals and periodicals including the Journal of International Banking and Finance Law, the Journal of Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, the New Law Journal and others.
Helen has published various articles. Recent articles include: