Helen joined us from the Howard Partnership Ltd following our merger in 2012. She trained in the City of London with Druces, was an assistant family solicitor at Reid Minty and later, a matrimonial partner at Osbornes. Following this she was a partner and director of the Howard Partnership Ltd for sixteen years.
Helen is a highly experienced family lawyer, collaborative lawyer and mediator. She will always maximise opportunities for a negotiated agreement - as long as it is a good agreement. If court action is necessary, Helen has a robust, no-nonsense approach to litigation and is skilled in a strategic approach, never losing sight of key objectives and the impact and consequences of interventions. Helen has worked with a broad range of clients across all spectra. She views it as her key professional priority to provide a safe, confidential forum for clients to resolve issues privately and effectively, with a view to her clients being able to move forward with their lives more peacefully and confidently. Having worked in her family practice with many people in the public eye, Helen maintains complete discretion. She has considerable experience in complex and high conflict cases often involving international elements and has successfully worked as a mediator in resolving several cases involving taking a child out of the jurisdiction. She is always pleased to work with clients who seek a fair and successful resolution with the best interests of their children at the forefront. In addition to being a Resolution accredited family mediator and collaborative lawyer, Helen is a Practitioner member of the Law Society’s family mediation panel and accredited family mediator with Family Mediation Council. She is authorised to conduct MIAM meetings and is trained as a mediator to consult with children. Helen has combined her law practice with training and writing. She headed Resolution’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Training from 2005-2010, co-wrote the Resolution collaborative practice course, has lectured at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, authored several editions of the Which? Guide to Divorce and regularly trains and lectures on negotiation skills, collaborative law and family mediation. Helen is the ADR Editor of the Lexis-Nexis Butterworths Family Law Service 2006-2016 and ongoing.