Helen has developed extensive experience in both oral and written advocacy, accepting instructions from claimants and defendants across all of 12KBW’s core areas in multi- and fast-track trials. Helen has particular experience in personal injury, industrial disease, and clinical negligence. She regularly appears in trials, CCMCs, approval hearings and applications and has experience of inquests and appeals. She has experience of JSMs, both as junior and sole counsel. Helen is happy to accept instructions on a CFA basis.

Away from 12KBW Helen enjoys wine tasting, cycling, and travelling.

Personal Injury
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Helen acts in both fast-track and multi-track cases in all areas of personal injury law, including employers’ liability, public liability, occupiers’ liability and road traffic cases.

As a keen road cyclist herself, Helen particularly welcomes instructions in cycling cases. She has worked on multi-million-pound catastrophic injury cases, including serious brain injuries, paraplegia, amputations and fatal accidents.

She has been brought in for quantum work by leading counsel, drafting schedules of loss in catastrophic claims, including one pleaded at over £15m.

Helen provides bespoke training to both claimant and defendant personal injury practitioners and regularly presents seminars to wider audiences.

Industrial Disease
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Helen has a particularly keen interest in industrial disease litigation. She is regularly instructed for claimants in both living and fatal mesothelioma claims, as well as cases of asbestosis and pleural thickening, plus other industrial diseases such as occupational asthma and carbon monoxide poisoning. She is well versed in limitation arguments and regularly drafts pleadings and schedules and appears before the Masters.

Helen contributed to two chapters of the first edition of Asbestos Law & Litigation. She regularly provides training for leading claimant asbestos firms and contributes to the 12KBW Asbestos Law Blog.

Clinical Negligence
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Helen’s experience includes cases involving failures to diagnose and sub-standard post-surgical care in hospital. She has worked on cases involving conditions such as cerebral abscesses and loss of sight as well as cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal and fat grafting. Helen has recently secured a favourable settlement in a multi-party “Brazilian butt lift” case.

She has a strong interest in this field and is keen to develop her practice further, accepting instructions in all aspects of clinical negligence litigation.

Helen has a strong interest in this field and accepts instructions at all levels. She is currently acting as junior trial counsel to a silk in chambers in a multi-million-pound fraud case, conducting forensic analysis of the evidence as part of the wider case strategy.

Inquests
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Helen has represented a bereaved family at an inquest into a fatal motorway collision and has experience of an Article 2 inquest involving several branches of the emergency services. She is keen to develop her inquest practice further and will consider pro bono instructions.

Insurance
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Helen has particular experience in motor insurance cases, but with her Lloyd’s Market background welcomes instructions in the area of insurance and reinsurance generally.

International & Travel
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With a Masters of German Law and business-level German, Helen is keen to grow her international & travel practice and welcomes instructions in this area.

Publications

Contributor Asbestos: Law & Litigation, Sweet & Maxwell, 2019 (Chapters; Knowledge, Environmental liability)

Case report: Dryden v Johnson Matthey plc [2018] UKSC 18, Personal Injury Law Journal June 2018 #166

Clarity from the Supreme Court on the scope of actionable personal injury, PI Focus, May 2018

Thomas Lundmark & Helen Waller (2016) Using statutes and cases in common and civil law, Transnational Legal Theory, 7:4, 429-469

Qualifications & Awards

BPTC – Outstanding
LL.M. Deutsches Recht (German Law) – 1st in year
BA (Law) (Cantab)

Queen Mother Scholar, Middle Temple
Harmsworth Exhibition, Middle Temple

Appointments & Memberships
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European Circuit

PIBA

APIL