• Employment & Regulatory Law
• Education Law
• Financial Remedies on Divorce
• Police Law


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 the Court of Appeal and has represented clients in several complex and lengthy Tribunal cases. She has particular experience in cases involving allegations of discrimination, victimisation and whistleblowing. Recent notable cases have included Khan & Others –v- Chief Constable of Cleveland Police where she represented two police officers in their high-profile race claims against Cleveland Police.

Professional Discipline/Regulatory 

For many clients, employment issues can be linked to allegations of professional misconduct. Helen has experience in advising and representing professionals facing disciplinary or regulatory proceedings including teachers, police officers and medical professionals. She is regularly instructed by the Police Federation of England & Wales in a range of police misconduct matters.


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 receives regular instructions from several local authorities in appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and has experience before local authority Independent Appeal Panels. She recently successfully represented two students who were reinstated after they had been subject to an unlawful permanent exclusion from school.

Financial Remedies on Divorce

Before commencing pupillage, Helen taught the Matrimonial Finance module on the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University. She accepts instructions in financial remedy proceedings including applications for maintenance pending suit.


Helen regularly delivers seminars and lectures in her specialist areas. Recent seminars include:

  • Tees Valley Law Society – March 2018 – Employment Law Update
  • 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
  • Gray’s Inn
  • 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 was born and bred on Teesside where she lives with her husband and children. She is a school governor and the Chair of Trustees for a local charity which is aimed at increasing access to music education. Helen is accredited under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme and regularly represents both individuals and SMEs directly in employment matters.

Clerking team

Josh Stewart-Tilling

Lead Employment Clerk & Civil Clerk

0191 300 9359

Lead Civil Clerk

0191 245 9589

Civil Clerk

0191 245 9556

Clerk (Middlesbrough)

01642 247 569

Direct Access Clerk

01642 247 569

Family Clerk

0191 245 9530

Family Clerk

0191 232 1927

Civil & Criminal Silks' Clerk (Leeds)

0113 3235 955
  • "Helen grasps the complexity of her clients' cases in a forensic manner. Her clients are left in do doubt that their interests will be pursued tirelessly and effectively for as long as they have her in their corner."

    Employment, Legal 500 2022

  • "A superb and fearless advocate, her commitment to her clients is second-to-none."

    Legal 500 2021

  • "Brilliant with clients and extremely thorough"

    Legal 500 2019

  • "An adamant and painstaking cross-examiner"

    Legal 500 2017