Helen has been specialising in family law for over 10 years and advises on all matters relating to family breakdown, divorce and cohabitation.
She has a particular interest in helping those who have been affected by domestic abuse. This can include anything from isolating a person from their friends and family, monitoring their time, taking control over aspects of their everyday life such as where they can go, who they can see, what to wear, their finances or when they can sleep to threats to hurt to kill or even physical assault. Helen recognises that the legal implications of this are accompanied by a plethora of emotional and other issues and aims to ensure that clients are able to work through them with the right advice and support.
Helen is based in both Brighton & London and can see clients wherever is most convenient.
Helen’s aim is to ensure the situation people face, as a result of their relationship breakdown, is made as easy as it can be. She works with clients to deal with their problems in a constructive manner so the client, any children and everyone else involved can move forward positively.
“To help clients achieve the best outcome possible, I provide them with clear options and advice on how to work through their difficulties and make the right decision for themselves and all those involved”.
Helen is recognised for her calm and compassionate approach. She is named as a Next Generation Lawyer and is recommended for family law and family mediation by the leading legal directory, Legal 500 UK 2017 which notes her “great client-handling skills and a great bedside manner. She is particularly good on children issues.” She “is able to resolve things amicably between the parties.” The Legal 500 UK 2016 also recommended Helen for family mediation work, noting that she “gets things done“.
Helen is a qualified collaborative lawyer and a trained mediator. She is a member of Resolution and sits on the board of the Personal Support Unit which provides pro bono support to litigants in person. As a firm, Family Law in Partnership, provides financial support to the National Domestic Violence Helpline.
I was really pleased to discover that there was an alternative to the traditional essentially adversarial process around divorce. For me the collaborative approach resonated strongly with my personal values of trying wherever possible to achieve a win – win; or at the least reducing the harm to either party.
"I also felt supported throughout by knowing that my lawyer was both looking after my interests, and honouring the process.
"It wasn’t easy, but in the end, I felt that both I and my ex-partner were able to close the chapter knowing that we had done the “right” thing by each other.