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Year of call: 2007


Helena has a successful insurance and commercial practice, with a particular focus on construction and engineering disputes, professional negligence and property damage. Her experience includes public procurement and utilities work.

Helena is conversant with the JCT, NEC3 and FIDIC standard forms, the RIBA terms of appointment as well as bespoke contracts. She is regularly instructed in a range of matters including payment disputes, final accounts disputes, termination, delay and disruption, defective work or design claims, extension of time claims, claims for loss and expense and liquidated damages.

In addition, Helena has experience across the spectrum of Hardwicke’s commercial work, including sale and hire of goods, partnership disputes and claims involving banks and other lenders. She also advises insurers on coverage issues.  Her secondments to Veolia, a large water company, and UKPNS, a large electricity company, have given her excellent commercial experience as well as broadening her experience of the utilities sector and, in particular, complex construction and other commercial contracts.

As well as being a confident trial advocate, Helena is always willing to provide clear and accessible advice either in writing or in conference. She is regularly instructed by a range of clients, including employers, contractors, other professionals and insurers to act in litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

Helena accepts instructions on a direct access basis and under the Hardwicke Adjudication Fixed Fee Scheme.

Helena is a keen sportswoman and can often be found running around in Hyde Park even in the windiest and muddiest of conditions. She is an avid film fan and also sings in a choir.  


Contributor to Paul Reed QC’s Construction All Risks Insurance, Sweet & Maxwell, 2014.

Contributor to forthcoming Insurance Broking: Practice and the Law.


  • University of Oxford, University College, Lit Hum, BA (Hons)
  • CPE - City University
  • BVC - ICSL
  • Middle Temple Benefactors’ Scholar

Professional Associations

  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Society of Construction Law