Helen was called to the Bar in 2002 and has dedicated the majority of her career to family law.
Until 2013 she practised at the Family Bar, undertaking cases relating to a wide range of family disputes. This involved representing mothers, fathers, grandparents, relatives, local authorities and children’s guardians on a daily basis. Consequently, she has gained first hand experience of how such important disputes can profoundly effect everyone involved. She has attained a deep understanding of the emotions people can experience when dealing with such disputes and has significant insight into the plethora of reasons underpinning the opposing standpoints that family members often find themselves in.
Helen trained as a mediator in 2011 and was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship in 2012 to visit California and Washington DC to research the use of mediation in circumstances of family breakdown. Since 2013 she has been a legal adviser within Government, advising on a range of family and children related matters, including parental responsibility and Child Arrangement Orders.
Helen believes that ultimately family members are almost always the best people to solve their own disputes. However, when the subject matter and issues at play are so incredibly important and emotive, it can often be difficult for parties to reach a resolution. It is these situations that she believes mediation can enable people to find the solution that best works for them and their children.