Professional practice

Helen has a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile. She has acted in a wide range of commercial disputes and has experience acting as sole counsel and as part of a larger team.

Helen has a particular interest in commercial litigation, arbitration and the conflict of laws and has appeared as an advocate in the High Court (both the Commercial Court and Chancery Division) and County Courts, in both a trial context and a range of other hearings. In addition, Helen has been involved in international commercial arbitrations and arbitration award enforcement actions, for example recently acting as junior counsel for the Claimants in Hulley & ors v The Russian Federation, the English proceedings relating to the US$50 billion arbitration awards obtained against Russia by the former majority shareholders of Yukos.

In addition to her own cases, Helen regularly works alongside other members of Chambers in a wide variety of practice areas. She is often instructed throughout the dispute resolution process, including at preliminary advisory and pre-action stages, pleadings and interlocutory hearings, and through to trial, appeals and enforcement actions.

Before pupillage at Essex Court Chambers, Helen graduated with a First in Law from the University of Oxford, ranked sixth in her year. Following this, she obtained a Distinction in the BCL from the University of Oxford.

Helen is also an Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports, published by Sweet & Maxwell.

 

Arbitration & related court applications
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by David Foxton QC, Paul McGrath QC and David Davies) for the Claimants, former majority holders of the Yukos oil company in an enforcement action in England in respect of the US$50 billion arbitration awards awarded to the Claimants against The Russian Federation. The case was listed as one of The Lawyer Magazine’s top 20 cases of 2016.
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Nigel Eaton QC) in LCIA arbitrations involving disputes concerning various loan agreements.
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Roderick Cordara QC) in an LMAA arbitration involving a share purchase agreement and counterclaims concerning alleged company mismanagement.
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by David Davies) in relation to the quantum stage of proceedings concerning a FOSFA arbitration award.
Civil liberties & human rights

Helen has a strong interest in human rights issues and she has acted in an advisory capacity concerning various articles of the Human Rights Act 1998 in the context of a security for costs appeal. She is also an Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports.

Commercial dispute resolution
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Penny Madden QC) for the defendants in an application for an unless order in the commercial court, in a case concerning contractual issues relating to tax liability under Iraqi law.
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Nathan Pillow QC) for the claimants, subsidiaries of the Exxon Mobil Corporation, in a contractual dispute concerning warehouse and transport services, which settled on the last day of trial.
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Sara Cockerill QC) for the claimants in a dispute involving a professional negligence dispute concerning advice on a compulsory purchase order.
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by James Willan) for the defendants in two cases for the defendants, a Cypriot bank, concerning secured loan facilities and sale of charged properties.
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Roderick Cordara QC) in an LMAA arbitration involving a share purchase agreement and counterclaims concerning alleged company mismanagement.
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Richard Millett QC) for the defendant in a successful application that service of the claim form was defective under Mexican law.
Shipping & admiralty

Helen has experience in a number of shipping cases both during pupillage and afterwards, for example she recently acted as for owners in an advisory capacity in relation to a demurrage claim.

Career

2014 Tenant at Essex Court Chambers, following completion of Pupillage with Nathan Pillow

2013-2014 Pupillage, Essex Court Chambers

Education

2012-2013 BCL, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (Distinction: Conflict of Laws, Restitution of Unjust Enrichment, Principles of Civil Procedure and European Business Regulation)

2011-2012 BPTC, BPP Law School (Outstanding)

2008-2011 Law (Jurisprudence) BA, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (First Class, ranked sixth in the year, joint first in Tort Law Finals Exam)

Awards

2012-2013 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Scholarship

University of Oxford Faculty of Law Graduate Scholarship

St Edmund Hall Scholarship

2011-2012 Inner Temple Exhibition Award

2011 Martin Wronker Prize: Highest Academic Achievement in the Tort Law Final Exam

2011 St Edmund Hall Scholarship