Position: Solicitor and Partner
Helen qualified as a Solicitor with Browell Smith and Co, Newcastle upon Tyne in March 2005 having worked in the Personal Injury and Industrial Disease Department. Helen developed a passion for Family Law during her training contract and became a Family Solicitor with the firm in July 2005.
Helen is one of our Family Solicitors in Durham. Helen advises on all aspects of family law including:-
Financial matters arising from separation and divorce
Disputes as to where children should live and the time they spend with the non resident parent
Helen is a Resolution accredited Solicitor with specialisms in private children matters and domestic violence.
Helen also became a member of the Children Panel in December 2012. Helen has extensive experience acting for parents in Care Proceedings. Helen also acts for intervenors and children. Helen recently successfully represented a child on appeal who was seeking contact with her sibling in long term foster care (see Re G (A Child) (Contact: Long term foster care)  All ER (D) 75 (Aug)).
Helen is sensitive to her clients’ needs but firm in her advice. She is a strong believer of continuity and where ever possible will conduct her own advocacy.
In her spare time Helen enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Helen is a keen runner and has taken part in the Great North Run and Sunderland 10k with other members of the firm raising money for cancer charities which is something that is very close to Helen’s heart.