Helen enjoys a busy criminal practice accepting instructions to both defend and prosecute. She routinely appears in a variety of Court centres undertaking Crown Court, Magistrates Court and Youth Court work.

She has experience in criminal cases across the whole spectrum such as; violence, public order, weapons, drugs, fraud, sexual offences and driving matters. She also routinely deals with forfeiture, confiscation and domestic violence prevention.

Helen joined the crime team having completed her pupillage at 1 High Pavement where she was able to begin to build up an exciting and expanding Midlands practice, which she hopes to continue to build upon.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Helen worked as a County Court Advocate which involved managing her own busy caseload in a variety of civil matters. In addition to courtroom advocacy, she was frequently asked to draft legal documents and negotiate settlements.

Key cases

R v MD, Cambridge Crown Court (2018) – Helen successfully defended a man charged with Breaching a Restraining Order. The trial involved both legal argument and the cross-examination of multiple witnesses. At the conclusion of the trial the jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” on both counts.

Further information

Bar Professional Training Course, University of the West of England – Outstanding

ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator

LLB (Hons) Law, University of the West of England

Awards and Scholarships

Campbell Foster Prize

Middle Temple Certificate of Honour

Middle Temple Young Barristers Association Autumn Advocacy Competition Winner Western Circuit Advocacy Prize

Bristol Institute of Legal Practice Tutors’ Prize for the Best Overall Performance on the BPTC 2016

11th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition 2016 in Paris – Highest Ranked British Team

The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators’ Mediation Competition (London) – Winner 2016.