Helen specialises in the defence of professional risks claims. She started her career with aviation niche firm Beaumont & Son, in London and later joined the mercantile department of Hill Dickinson, advising on policy disputes, coverage issues and dealing with claims involving goods in transit by sea, road, rail and air.

Helen moved to specialise in professional risks when in 1999 she joined Beachcroft Wansbroughs. Whilst there, she was responsible for the training of the department. She has given seminars to clients on loss of chance and limitation and had articles published in Insurance Day.

In 2005 Helen moved from London to join this firm. She has particular responsibility for claims against solicitors and has also handled claims against accountants, surveyors and managing agents. She has conducted mediations with clients and dealt with managed lender litigation in the High Court. She has spent time on secondment with a leading insurer client and has an in depth knowledge of claims handling at all stages of the life of a claim. She has successfully defended solicitors' firms at trial and on appeal. 


Examples of experience include:

Reported cases:

  • Dawson Cornwell Solicitors v CJ Nicholls [2002] All ER 92 on the extent of a solicitor's duty in taking instructions from a client and cross-examining the client on those instructions.
  • Cannon v Hart Brown [2010] All ER 81 on the liability of solicitors for failing to remove a term from a contract for the sale of a property.
  • Dowling v Bennett Griffin [2013] EWHC 1995 and [2014] EWCA Civ 1545 on a solicitor's duty to exercise reasonable skill and care in relation to the opponent's ability to meet any award. 
Unreported cases
  • Phillips v Aldridge Brownlee [2014] – trial based on a solicitor's duty to comply with an undertaking given in relation to a void conveyancing transaction. 
  • A Kotonou v A Reeves and JW Reeves & Co – preliminary issue trial where assignment of cause of action to Claimant found to be contrary to anti-deprivation rule.
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