Helen has been a family lawyer for over 16 years. Prior to transferring to the Bar she was a Solicitor Advocate and Director of Family Law at a firm in Newcastle.

She has extensive experience in all tiers of the Family Court. As a solicitor, Helen was a member of the Law Society Children Panel and a Resolution Accredited Specialist. Helen deals with all areas of marriage and relationship breakdown: TOLATA applications, complex divorce and financial proceedings including those involving substantial assets, and cases where assets are more limited requiring a focus on achieving financial stability following settlement.

Helen deals with all aspects of private law children law, including cases involving domestic abuse, physical and sexual abuse and implacable hostility cases.

She acts for parents, local authorities and Guardians in public law proceedings. As a solicitor, Helen had a large public law practice and was regularly instructed by Guardians. She has conducted cases involving allegations of non- accidental injury, sexual abuse, and domestic abuse. Helen is experienced at representing vulnerable clients and has received instructions to act from the Official solicitor.

Helen is a collaboratively trained lawyer, with experience in resolving divorce, financial settlement and arrangements for children, through the collaborative process.


  • BSc (Hons) Northumbria University
  • PG Dip Law and LPC Northumbria University
  • Higher Courts Qualification (Civil) BPP Law School

Clerking team

Steven Preen

Lead Family Clerk

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Family & Immigration Clerk

0191 245 9531

Family Clerk

0191 245 9530


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Direct Access Clerk

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