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Helen was called to the Bar in 2006 after a successful commercial career which has served her well in employment matters enabling her to cut quickly to the pertinent issues and offer sound, practical advice. Her clients have included employees and employers in the private sector, trade unions, local authorities and police forces.
She has experience in a wide range of employment law matters including unfair and wrongful dismissal, redundancy, TUPE, contract claims including applications for injunctive relief, discrimination because of sex, race, age, disability, religious belief, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and sexual orientation, harassment, whistleblowing, unlawful deduction from wages and holiday pay claims.
Helen has appeared at the EAT and has represented clients in several complex and lengthy Tribunal cases including a 3 week final hearing involving allegations of indirect sex discrimination, disability discrimination and harassment.
She has particular experience in cases involving allegations of discrimination and victimisation in the NHS and the Police. In Khan & Others –v- Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, she recently represented two police officers in their high-profile employment tribunal claims against Cleveland Police. The employment tribunal case involving four officers, Sgt Waseem Khan, retired Inspector Michael Wall, PC Sharday Malik and PC Paul Brown, settled after a compromise was reached. Read press article here
For many clients, employment issues are often linked to allegations of professional misconduct. Helen has experience in advising and representing professionals facing disciplinary or regulatory proceedings. She is regularly instructed by the Police Federation of England & Wales in a range of police misconduct matters. Most recently, she successfully defended both a Police Constable and a Chief Inspector facing allegations of Gross Misconduct which resulted in both officers being able to keep their warrant cards.
She also offers advice and representation to parents, schools and local authorities in cases concerning discrimination in schools, access to SEN provision, admission decisions/appeals and pupil exclusion decisions. She has experience in appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability).
Before commencing pupillage, Helen taught the Matrimonial Finance module on the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University. She accepts instructions in ancillary relief matters including applications for maintenance pending suit.
Helen regularly delivers seminars and lectures in her specialist areas. Recent seminars include :-
Royal College of Nursing, Leeds - June 2016 - Whistleblowing in the NHS
June 2015 – Holiday Pay Update
CIPD Teesside – April 2015 – Employment Law Update
North Eastern Circuit
Employment Lawyers’ Association
MA (Hons) University of St. Andrews – German & International Relations (2:1)
College of Law, London – Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
University of Northumbria – Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)
Atkin Scholar (Gray’s Inn 2007)
Winner of BVC Prizes for Best Overall Student and Best Advocate (University of Northumbria 2006)
Helen is a member of a number of business networking and marketing groups in the North East and regularly represents both individuals and SMEs directly in employment matters under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.