Helen has practised law for over ten years and, prior to joining Chen Palmer, she has worked for the Public Defence Service, the Government Legal Department (the UK equivalent of Crown Law), and in private practice at the Bar in London.
Helen has advised and represented government ministers in the UK in respect of public policy and legislative compliance; she has also represented various UK government departments, including: the Ministry of Justice; Her Majesty’s Prison Service; and the Parole Board. Since joining Chen Palmer, she has advised and assisted in respect of regulatory compliance with many government departments, including: the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; the Ministry of Primary Industries; the Department of Internal Affairs; the Inland Revenue; and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
Areas of Expertise:
- Public law litigation
- Statutory interpretation of regulatory frameworks
- Policy and law reform
- Criminal law
Helen’s experience has included:
- Representing clients facing prosecution by: the Ministry for Social Development; the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment; and the Ministry for Primary Industries.
- Advising in a national claim for prisoner voting rights in the UK.
- Advising and assisting in investigations by HM Prison Service following a death in prison.
- Representing in high profile litigation.