“Impressive and tenacious adviser” (Legal 500 2018), Helen is a tough negotiator in settling complex claims on good financial terms under settlement packages. Her commercial clients include IT and software firms, food and fashion retailers, international galleries and banks.
Helen also provides legal advice on all aspects of business immigration, from sponsorship, applications under the Points Based System (PBS) and entry into the UK outside of the PBS including business visas and Representatives of Overseas Business visas. Helen can also assist with indefinite leave to remain, residence card and naturalisation applications.
Helen joined the legal profession after a change of career from journalism and has built a reputation for herself in discrimination law following her success in a number of high profile employment cases.
Helen’s work highlights include:
- Age discrimination and unfair dismissal claims: John Wooster v Tower Hamlets Council. Mr Wooster won his claims for unfair dismissal and age discrimination after the council unlawfully made him redundant prior to his 65th birthday to avoid incurring substantial pension costs. The council unsuccessfully appealed the decision at the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Helen successfully negotiated a settlement in this case.
- Age discrimination and unfair dismissal claims: Walsh v Tewkesbury Borough Council. Helen successfully negotiated a settlement package on behalf of Mr Walsh after he won his claims in the Employment Tribunal. He was unlawfully made redundant to avoid pension costs.
- Disability discrimination, unfair dismissal, and breach of the part time workers’ regulations claims. Helen successfully acted for a cancer sufferer who was dismissed on the spot after being told that her part time working arrangement was no longer working for the business.
- Wendi Lancaster vs Fidessa Plc (2015): direct and indirect sex discrimination, sexual harassment, unfair dismissal and breach of the part time workers’ regulations claim for a working mother who was forced into redundancy.
Helen is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.