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Helen Childs

Helen Childs

Partner

T: 0207 842 1444 (DDI)
T: 01865 792 300
M: 01865 268 359 E: helen.childs@roydswithyking.com

Helen is a partner in our Personal Injury team and heads up the Industrial Disease Team across London, Oxford and Bath where a team of dedicated lawyers specialise in representing claimants with asbestos related illnesses. Helen represents claimants with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.



Your professionalism, empathy and patience - amazing.

Royds Withy King Mesothelioma Client

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 is a dedicated specialist industrial disease lawyer. She represents claimants exposed to asbestos in a wide variety of ways, including occupationally, environmentally, in schools and hospitals and secondary exposure from family members work clothes.

Helen is recognised as a Leading Lawyer by the Legal 500 – where she is described as “an exceptional partner” with “a huge capacity for work…an unerring willingness to fight for her clients and an excellent knowledge of asbestos litigation. A pleasure to work with”

Chambers Legal Directory have ranked Helen in the top few lawyers in the prestigious “Claimant – Industrial Disease – UK-wide” where it said “Helen Childs received praise amongst sources for her occupational disease practice, representing clients in high value asbestos cases. One interviewee comments “She is extremely dedicated to the files she works on. Her great eye for detail and willingness to take on difficult cases are definite strengths”

Helen is incredibly proud to be a trustee for Mesothelioma UK. Royds Withy King were also delighted to be named as Mesothelioma UK’s corporate donors of the year for the second year running.

Part of the Industrial Disease teams ethos is to “give something back” and we have sponsored scores of medical professionals to attend conferences like NLCFN, BTOG and IMIG with our Clifford Lloyd Education Fund, and to have supported Meso UK’s gendered Experience of Mesothelioma study  in memory of our client Lydia Carey.

Helen is a true specialist with an expertise in out of time cases. Helen is a regular speaker at seminars, public meetings and charity fund raisers. She was invited to give a talk on Limitation to the APIL Asbestos conference.

Recent Reported Cases

Carey v Vauxhall Motors [2019] This Landmark decision was the first successful reported secondary exposure/overalls case in the UK.

Lloyd v Humphreys and Glasgow [2015] an important case involving an out of time claim for mesothelioma following a previous full and final settlement against some but not all defendants, in the context of Humphreys and Glasgow’s involvement in the trigger litigation and an embargo on any payments for asbestos related litigation during the course of the first claim. This claim was successful at court despite 2 previous solicitors firms one on the advice of a QC failing to pursue it.

Helen’s other prominent successes include:

  • B v BAE Systems (2019) claim against a shipbuilder as occupiers under the Factories Act where Mr B had visited HMS Sheffield during its construction, but a claim against his employers was not possible. Again, the first solicitors had failed to proceed with his case.
  • S v MOD (2018) Claim for a Royal Fleet Auxilliary Employee exposed to asbestos on board MOD ships. The case was settled for £500K plus within a year – just a few days before trial, and during Mr S’s lifetime. This was important because the claim for his estate would have been a fraction of his personal claim. This claim was one of the first involving a Periodical Payments Order for Immunotherapy.
  • L v Various (2019) Claim for mesothelioma settled for in excess of £250K on an enhanced lifetime basis, with an indemnity from the defendants for future medical treatment costs.
  • S v Alliance Long Acre (2019) mesothelioma case for an electrician involving a much earlier diagnosis with pleural thickening and limitation issues. Helen was able to establish the defendants – who had been pursued at least 3 times before for mesothelioma – were no more prejudiced in investigating than they would have been if the claim had been brought a decade sooner and the claim settled within 6 months of diagnosis and within Mr S’s lifetime. This was important because he was a divorced man with no dependants and the value of the claim for his estate would have been substantially less. An indemnity was agreed for future immunotherapy treatment.
  • M v EDF (2017) claim for mesothelioma against the successors of the London Electricity Board for whom Mr M’s brother worked as an apprentice. Mr M and his brother shared a bedroom and he was exposed to asbestos from his brother’s work clothes.
  • M v EDF (2018) out of time claim for Mr M’s mother who had died of mesothelioma in 2003. The defendants were unable to establish prejudice in the context of the son’s claim.
  • R v CEGB (2018) out of time claim for asbestosis following a diagnosis in the early 1990’s.
  • W v Distillers (Scotland) Ltd (2018) claim for mesothelioma for an architect exposed during the course of his work designing and overseeing an extension to the defendants factory (he was also exposed during the course of his employment for a local council overseeing the construction of numerous schools).
  • In the much publicised case of P v Portline, Helen proved that the shipping line employers were aware of the dangers of exposure to asbestos as early as the 1950s. This case pushed back the date of knowledge by more than 10 years.

Professional Membership

APIL and CPIL (at Fellow Level).

Accredited APIL Asbestos and Industrial Disease specialist

 

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My clients are invariably lovely people who have been given a devastating diagnosis. Their only concern is invariably to ensure their loved ones are cared for, and to access bespoke medical treatment - including immunotherapy - if possible to keep their symptoms in check. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to work in a dedicated specialist team and for us to help each and every one of our clients, and to assist in any small way with Mesothelioma UK and their vital research, fundraising and awareness raising, and to support other asbestos related charities.

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It’s time our military’s mesothelioma warriors were properly honoured, too

12 November 2018

Following the Remembrance Day commemorations, Helen Childs from our specialist mesothelioma team helps us to understand how those in the armed forces with mesothelioma need to be supported.

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Over £100,000 in payments secured in 7 weeks for new client who feared his mesothelioma claim couldn’t be progressed quickly

15 October 2018

Our specialist Industrial Diseases team, who are experts in the field of mesothelioma, demonstrate their expertise by showing how they have managed to turn around a case from another firm that seemed to be going nowhere and – in a matter of weeks – secure over £100,000 in payments to a new client.

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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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News [4]
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WITNESS APPEAL: DID YOU WORK FOR BRITISH SUGAR IN THE PRE-CAMPAIGN PERIODS BETWEEN 1969 AND 2002?

17 June 2019

Our specialist asbestos claims team have been instructed by the family of the late Graham Jones who sadly developed and died from mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer. We are investigating how Mr Jones may have come into contact with asbestos …

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WITNESS APPEAL: DID YOU WORK FOR MOLINS MACHINE CO LTD/MOLINS LTD BETWEEN 1961 AND 1970?

11 June 2019

Our specialist asbestos claims team has been instructed by the family of a gentleman who has sadly developed and died from mesothelioma. We are investigating how he may have come into contact with asbestos and are interested in speaking with …

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WITNESS APPEAL: DID YOU WORK FOR MOLINS MACHINE CO LTD/MOLINS LTD BETWEEN 1961 AND 1970?

Our specialist asbestos claims team has been instructed by the family of a gentleman who has sadly developed and died from mesothelioma. We are investigating how he may have come into contact with asbestos and are interested in speaking with …

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National Trustee Role for Royds Withy King Industrial Diseases Expert

18 April 2019

The head of the Industrial Diseases team at law firm Royds Withy King has recently been appointed to Mesothelioma UK’s Board of Trustees. Partner Helen Childs, who is nationally-renowned for successfully pursuing complex industrial diseases legal claims, has been appointed …

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Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestos education day – 18 October, Royds Withy King’s London Office

16 August 2019

This free education day will feature a number of experienced and expert speakers in the field of asbestos-related disease, and will be of interest to all healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with related conditions.

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Monthly Asbestos Advice Clinic

8 January 2019

Our specialist Industrial Diseases team are providing a drop in clinic in Tilehurst. We can provide free legal advice about mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or pleural thickening and help with benefits associated with these diseases.

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Case Studies [4]
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Mesothelioma claim settles after first solicitors were unsuccessful

2 October 2019

Helen Childs, head of our specialist asbestos claims team, recently settled a mesothelioma claim for the family of a Southampton man who was exposed to asbestos after visiting HMS Sheffield when it was under construction in the 1970s.

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£1.6 million for amputation following a motorcycle accident

24 September 2019

JC was only a teenager when he had a motorcycle accident which resulted in severe leg injuries.

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Claim for paper mill worker who developed mesothelioma settles after first firm of solicitors abandon the case

29 July 2019

Gerald, a retired paper mill worker, developed mesothelioma in 2014.

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