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Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) LLP and Pitmans LLP merged on 1 December 2018 to become BDB Pitmans LLP. More details can be found here



Helen has experience of every stage of litigation, from pre-action through to trial, and of alternative dispute resolution including mediation.

She has a particular focus on public law, including judicial review, statutory appeals, compulsory purchase compensation disputes, inquests, and public inquiries.

She is also experienced in will and trust disputes, acting for both charities and individuals in challenges to lifetime gifts, will validity contests, and claims under the Inheritance Act.

Career highlights

  • Macintyre & Anor v Oliver & ors [2018] EWHC 3094 (Ch): An application for directions regarding the distribution of an estate, requiring a detailed analysis of when a legacy vests and when the Court can save a conditional gift
  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: acting for a witness and a core participant in separate stages of the Inquiry’s Roman Catholic Church investigation
  • R Pearl v Maldon DC [2018] EWHC 212 (Admin): a successful challenge by way of judicial review to a local planning authority’s approval of a reserved matters application
  • TH v JH & Ors [2018] EWCOP 13: Court of Protection matter where the Court gave retrospective approval of the vast majority of gifts and family care payments made by an Attorney


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