Helena is a relentlessly determined advocate with experience across a range of offences in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, including sexual and violent offences, offences involving fraud, dishonesty and financial crime, drugs offences and firearms offences.
Helena developed her Crown Court practice on the South Eastern Circuit acting for both the Prosecution and Defence. She has appeared in a multiple-day fact finding hearing at Luton Crown Court for a serious drugs matter that involved issues of modern day slavery and forensic expert evidence. She has a breadth of experience in representing defendants at PTPHs, bail hearings, committal hearings and sentencing hearings. Helena has experienced considerable success in securing suspended sentences for serious offences such as burglary and robbery, offences of violence, drugs offences and unusual offences concerning forgery and false documents.
Helena was recently instructed by the Serious Fraud Office to assist with an ongoing extensive bribery and corruption investigation. During this time she gained insight into the prosecution of large-scale conspiracies and managing the disclosure of vast volumes of evidence that are commonplace in white-collar litigation. On the basis of this work she has been appointed to the ‘Junior Junior’ Counsel panel with the Bank of England.
Helena has an excellent academic record, obtaining a Double First and Distinction from the University of Cambridge, graduating with the highest mark awarded for Criminal Law in the Graduate Diploma for Law and graduating with the grade of ‘Outstanding’ from the Bar Professional Training Course.
Before practising at the Bar, Helena worked in the field of asylum and human rights in South Africa and the UK, assisting on cases involving Boko Haram, statelessness and conflict in Sierra Leone. She has also worked with the Death Penalty Project on the appeals of death row prisoners in Trinidad and Tobago.
Helena has assisted with editing a chapter of the 2021 edition of Archbold (Chapter 20: Sexual Offences).