Partner, Industrial Disease Solicitor
Helen makes good use of the Government Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, where many of the cases have been concluded within 8 weeks of diagnosis with an average compensation payout of £160,000.
Helen studied law at Exeter University and the UWE, and qualified as a Solicitor in 1997, and has over 20 years of Asbestos Disease claims experience, starting out with a national Trade Union law firm, representing many former Royal Navy and MoD employees at Devonport Dockyard, including late exposures during the 1980s on nuclear submarines.
Helen uses her lengthy experience and strong negotiating skills to successfully pursue low-level Asbestos exposure cases, and is able to quickly establish the source of exposures for many clients who have no recollection of past exposures.
She is experienced in dealing with difficult cases and shows great tenacity, especially when dealing with families of deceased relatives who want to exercise their right to claim damages for their loss within three years of their death. Helen has to build a case from scratch in the absence of lifetime statements and has acquired very strong forensic skills in order to achieve this.
Such cases require no expert evidence and can be settled very soon after diagnosis, with minimal disruption to the Mesothelioma sufferer and their family.
She works closely with leading Barristers, Respiratory Consultants and Expert Engineers in the Asbestos disease arena to ensure the best outcomes for her clients. Helen has a strong focus on the need for wraparound care for clients and their families, following a diagnosis of such severity.
Helen has built up good practical skills for helping Mesothelioma sufferers who are also full-time carers of a disabled spouse, partner or child.
Helen is accredited by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) as an Occupational and Asbestos Disease Specialist Lawyer. She is recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 edition for her work in the Personal Injury sector. She "has a strong track record in advising on lung cancer, pleural thickening and asbestosis claims."
Interests outside of work
Helen helps and supports Facial Palsy UK with advice and support for those affected, following her son’s diagnosis of facial paralysis after contracting encephalitis.
Helen also runs friendship groups in key areas around the South West and Cheltenham for some of her clients who are interested to meet other people in a similar situation. Often people who have been exposed to the same asbestos at the same place of work have been interested to meet with each other. These have proved extremely beneficial and many people have made long-lasting friendships.
Helen regularly receives high levels of very positive client feedback and this is extremely important to her.