For almost ten years Helen has been accredited by national family law organisation Resolution as a specialist family law solicitor, with particular expertise in complex financial divorce settlements, and disputes between parents or relatives over the arrangements for children, post-separation. One of only a handful of specialists outside Manchester city centre, Helen brings a wealth of experience dealing with a wide range of family law issues.
Notably, Helen’s focus is on complex financial settlements on divorce or separation. These often involve the valuation of family businesses both in the UK and overseas, family trusts and overseas/off-shore assets. Helen has extensive experience resolving these issues, working alongside experts from other fields including forensic accountants, property valuers and pension actuaries. Having worked in the North-West for many years Helen has built good working relationships, not only with experts from outside the law, but specialist family law barristers and other solicitors.
In addition to resolving issues relating to the arrangements for children, which includes advising and representing at court parents, step-parents, same-sex parents and grandparents, Helen also regularly advises in relation to pre- and post-nuptial (or separation) agreements and disputes between former cohabitees in relation to finances including property.
Training & employment experience
From Cheshire originally, Helen attended Sandbach High School for Girls and then the University of Birmingham, where she read English, graduating in 1998. Helen then converted to law and took the Common Professional Examination at Chester College of Law in 1999, followed in 2000 by the Legal Practice Course. Helen secured a training contract with a prominent Midlands practice before returning to the North West on qualifying as a solicitor in 2002, specialising in family law.
Helen spent over seven years working at a top tier Manchester city centre law firm, assisting an eminent practitioner from whom Helen learnt much, not only about family law, but also business acumen and excellent client service. Subsequently, Helen has been exclusively Cheshire-based, covering areas such as Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Prestbury, Sale and now Hale, Altrincham, where she has worked for almost three years. Helen was promoted to Managing Partner of the Altrincham office in June 2017.
Helen’s approach is pragmatic and outcome-focussed.
Robust in seeking the best outcome for her clients, Helen recognises that this is different for every individual, and that often the key is to prioritise non-financial aims such as the welfare of any children involved. In all disputes, there is a balance to be struck and well-considered advice provided.
Tenacious when required, Helen is mostly praised by her clients for her empathy, her unwavering support and her focus on protecting vulnerable parties from the impact of family breakdown. Helen works closely with local counsellors and mediators to explore out-of-court settlements, promoting communication and achieving lasting agreements.
Outside of work
Helen is a keen (if not expert) yogi and regularly attends classes and workshops. Generally, Helen likes to adopt a holistic approach to life and is interested in finding ways to manage modern life, including eastern teachings such as Fung Shui, and the meditative art of gardening.
Having studied English at university, Helen is a keen reader but these days prefers to curl up with a trashy historical novel rather than classics from the canon of English literature! Constantly working (in her head) on composing her first novel.
As a mum of two young girls, much of Helen’s time outside the office is occupied with transporting her daughters to and from ballet, tap, Brownies, trampolining, swimming, sleepovers…. But she wouldn’t change a thing (except perhaps getting more sleep).