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Helen Childs

Helen Childs


T: 01865 268 359 (DDI)
T: 01865 792 300
M: 07889 001 649 E:

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.

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 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“, whilst The Legal 500 UK praises her as a “savvy asbestos litigation star”.

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).

occupational-disease-specialist asbestos-disease-specialist     The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

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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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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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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Industrial diseases team attending International Women’s Day event to raise awareness of the impact of mesothelioma on women

11 March 2019

Helen Childs and Jennifer Seavor of the Industrial Disease team will be supporting and attending Mesothelioma UK’s Ladies Lunch on Friday to launch their “Gendered Experience of Mesothelioma Study” – which they are also supporting. Mesothelioma is still on the …

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Our firm secures landmark High Court win for Vauxhall electrician whose wife developed mesothelioma after washing his asbestos-contaminated overalls

12 February 2019

Our firm has secured a High Court win in the case of an electrician whose claim against Vauxhall Motors following his wife’s death from asbestos-related lung cancer recently went to trial.

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10 January 2019

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

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Claim for former lagger who developed diphasic mesothelioma settles three weeks before the assessment of damages hearing

4 April 2019

Mr L was only 68 when he developed mesothelioma in the summer of 2018. He described exposure to asbestos for three or four lagging companies in the 1960s.

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Claim for former secretary who worked in asbestos factory

3 April 2019

June W was secretary in Cape Asbestos Factory in Hebden Bridge in the 1950s. She regularly used to have to go out onto the factory floor to deliver and collect messages. Mrs W married her husband Colin in the 1960’s and in 1971 they emigrated to Australia. Mrs W became unwell and was diagnosed with mesothelioma from which she died just before Christmas 2017.

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Settlement for medical student who worked with asbestos during the holidays

Mr N, who was born in Nigeria in 1938, came over to England in the 1960s and started studying to become a doctor. He only had partial funding so had to work throughout all of his holidays in order to support himself. He worked at Johnson Matthey and also Atlas Stone.

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Claim for architect exposed to asbestos in the 1960s settles for a substantial six figure sum with less than a week to go to the trial

Mr W, who was born in 1940 worked as an architect building schools in Hertfordshire and also worked for Distillers Company Limited in their chemicals and plastics division – carrying out rebuilding and extension design work to several of its factories. He described exposure to asbestos in both these jobs as he oversaw the construction of the factories and Council buildings including schools that are still in existence today. 

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