Helen joined Chambers in May 2019 as an established defence and prosecution advocate, working in London and on the Western Circuit. A calm but fearless advocate in court, she is often instructed to act on behalf of vulnerable or youth defendants due to her empathetic ability to reduce the pressure of giving evidence. Known for her practical but detailed advice, she is often consulted in relation to mobile phone and computer evidence due to her very strong technical background.
Outside of court, Helen balances her practice at the Bar with mentoring through Lincoln’s Inn and Women in Criminal Law, teaching courtroom skills to Radio Frequency Propagation (Cell-Site) Survey Technicians and her work as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Areas of practice
- Grade 2 CPS Advocate Panel member
- Public (Direct) Access Qualified
- Called to the Bar 2011
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – Open University, Upper Second-Class Honours 2009
Associations and memberships
- The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
- Criminal Bar Association (co-opted member of the Executive Committee)
- Association of Military Court Advocates
- International Society for Military Law and the Law of War (UK Group)
- South Eastern Circuit
- Women in Criminal Law
R v JH (2018): Defence under s.45 Modern Slavery Act 2015 of a youth charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs as part of a county-lines investigation.
R v DI (2018 – Led junior): Successful defence of a Romanian prostitute charged with the trafficking of others. Prepared substantial legal argument regarding the admissibility of evidence intercepted abroad under a Joint Investigation Team agreement.
R v AS (2018): Defence of a youth charged with causing life changing injuries to a young girl as part of a gang attack. Acquitted on appeal with the judge raising serious questions regarding the failure of the police to investigate the identity or involvement of others named in interview by the defendant as being responsible for the attack.
R v L (2017 – Led Junior): Defence of importation and supply of class A drugs via the dark web. Responsible for the cross-examination of the prosecution experts on the use of BitCoin, Helix and the Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) operating system.
R v J (2017 – Led Junior): Defence of the first defendant in a multi-handed kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail trial.
R v P (2017 – Court Martial): Successful defence of an officer accused of sexual assault during training. The matter was stayed as an abuse of process on the first day of trial.
R v R (2017): Defence of a youth jointly charged with an adult of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, including the successful challenge of mobile phone evidence relied on by the Crown.
R v R (2017): Defence of a 15 year-old charged with three counts of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.
R v W (2016): Successful defence of a homeless woman charged with possession of a pointed article in a public place on the basis the item was used in the taking of drugs.