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Helen Childs

Helen Childs

Partner

T: 01865 268 359 (DDI)
T: 01865 792 300
M: 07889 001 649 E: helen.childs@roydswithyking.com

Helen is a partner in our Personal Injury team who specialises in the niche area of industrial diseases. She represents claimants with industrial diseases from a diverse range of industries including asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.



Its been a tough couple of years but we are grateful for all the support you gave to our family.
Royds Withy King industrial diseases client

About Helen

Helen represents family members exposed to asbestos dust brought home on the overalls of workers. In the last three years alone, Helen has recovered over £5m for injured claimants. According to an impressed source in Chambers & Partners UK, Helen’s work was “absolutely superb from the outset“, and she demonstrated “phenomenal attention to detail“. She is also recognised in Chambers as a “Leader in her field“.

Helen’s most prominent successes include:

  • £375k recovered in compensation for a journalist who had developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos while doing summer building jobs in his university vacations. Helen obtained a further £50k for his father, alongside whom he had worked, and who had died of mesothelioma in 2002.
  • £250k for the family of a 59 year old woman who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos from her husband’s work clothes, when he was in the Royal Navy.
  • £175k for the family of a woman who developed mesothelioma as a result of laundering her husbands work clothes. He was a carpenter at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston.
  • £150k for an electrician at the AWE. This claim was settled within just three months of instructions being received.
  • £750k in compensation for a man who had worked for Foster Wheeler and had visited many different oil refinery and power generation sites. By using her knowledge of the various different sites he had visited and letting him see what other workers in similar occupations had done, Helen was able to prove that he was exposed to asbestos in the aftermath of a big explosion and during regular maintenance and repair work.
  • Over £750k for a man who had worked in shipbuilding during his apprenticeship. His claim was particularly valuable because he was only 65, and was earning a six figure salary in the offshore oil industry. He intended working for many years into the future and the evidence indicated he should have been able to do so because there was a real skills shortage for experienced people like him.
  • In the much publicised case of P v Portline, Helen proved that employers were aware of the dangers of exposure to asbestos as early as the 1950s. This case made it possible to claim compensation for diseases caused by exposure to asbestos back then. Before this case was won, claims for exposure this early invariably failed.

Helen is a regular speaker at seminars, public meetings and charity fund raisers. She supports several charities which assist both the individuals injured as a result of industrial diseases, and their families.

Helen lives with her two children, Joe and Lucy, who manage to take up most of her spare time. However, when time allows, she loves gardening, cooking and baking, sewing/dressmaking, swimming, cycling, running, and long walks.

Professional memberships

APIL and CPIL (at Fellow Level).

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I have always wanted to work in this area of law. For me, personal injury law is about the combination of the human element; helping people to get recompense for often devastating accidents, with the thrill of the chase; working out who was at fault and forcing them to accept responsibility and pay the compensation that’s due. Moving into asbestos claims was a logical progression for me. My clients are invariably lovely people who have been dealt a very bitter blow with their diagnosis of an often very serious illness, or the loss of a loved one. Listening to their life stories is fascinating, and working out who is responsible for their loss can involve detailed forensic analysis, and is always really interesting and hugely rewarding. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to help each and every one of my clients.

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Claims for the cost of immunotherapy for mesothelioma sufferers

27 October 2017

Immunotherapy is a very promising treatment for mesothelioma. Mavis Nye, a very well known and much loved mesothelioma warrior, had immunotherapy in 2009 as part of a clinical trial. Before she had the immunotherapy she had a life expectancy measured in months. She has been told she is now mesothelioma free.

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Mesothelioma deaths still on the rise: expert examines key trends

31 March 2017

Asbestos claims expert Helen Childs analysed the statistics released recently by Health and Safety Executor (HSE), Great Britain’s independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness. HSE’s data shows that the impact of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure many decades ago is not yet in decline.

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Welcome increase of payments to mesothelioma sufferers

11 February 2015

Helen Childs welcomes yesterday’s Government announcement to increase the payments to mesothelioma sufferers who make a claim under the mesothelioma fund of last resort.

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Landmark Court victory for mesothelioma victim

23 October 2014

The Supreme Court has recently upheld the judgment in favour of a man who died of mesothelioma many decades after being exposed to asbestos at Battersea Power Station.

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News [4]
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WITNESS APPEAL: Did you work for Vauxhall Motors, Dunstable, as an apprentice or Electrician between 1976 and 1979?

11 September 2018

Our specialist asbestos claims team has been instructed by a local woman who has sadly developed mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer. We are investigating how she may have come into contact with asbestos and are interested in speaking with anyone …

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WITNESS APPEAL: Did you work in maintenance or as a porter at United Oxford Hospitals (The Old Radcliffe Infirmary) between 1967 and 1968?

10 September 2018

Our specialist asbestos claims team in Oxford has been instructed by the family of a local man who developed mesothelioma, an asbestos related illness. We are investigating how he may have come into contact with asbestos and are interested in …

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WITNESS APPEAL: Did you work in maintenance for Morrells Brewery Ltd between 1966 and 1967?

Our specialist asbestos claims team in Oxford has been instructed by the family of a local man who developed mesothelioma, an asbestos related illness. We are investigating how he may have come into contact with asbestos and are interested in …

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WITNESS APPEAL: Did you work in maintenance for R J Johnson & Co between 1966 and 1967?

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Case Studies [4]

Claim for Mesothelioma sufferer – a Mum who laundered her son’s work clothes who died in 2003 settled (more than) 10 years after the expiry of the limitation period.

31 January 2018

In this mesothelioma claim case, Helen Childs, partner and head of our Industrial Diseases team, successfully settled a claim for mesothelioma after Mr B, our client, had settled his claim for pleural plaques on a “full and final settlement” basis some years previously.

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Pipefitter’s asbestosis claim settles for £15,000 on a provisional damages basis

19 September 2017

In this asbestosis claim case, our Industrial Diseases team secured provisional damages of £15,000 for a former pipefitter diagnosed with asbestosis.

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Claim for ICI worker for fatal Mesothelioma initially diagnosed as asbestosis settles for £80K

2 June 2017

Ronald J worked at ICI Billingham from 1954 until his retirement in the 1980’s. He started work as a general pump maintenance worker, latterly becoming a plant hire supervisor. His work regularly brought him into contact with airborne asbestos dust, and entailed checking pump housing oil and water pump levels and general duties such as cleaning work areas, particularly after maintenance and repair work was carried out.

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Mesothelioma claim for a former prop man at Pinewood Studios settles for a six figure sum

28 October 2016

In this mesothelioma claim case, Helen Childs, partner and head of our Industrial Diseases team, successfully settled a claim for mesothelioma after Mr B, our client, had settled his claim for pleural plaques on a “full and final settlement” basis some years previously.

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