Helena Spector

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2015 - Clare College, University of Cambridge MA Hons. Social Anthropology

2017 - Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge MRes Hons. Social Anthropology Distinction

2018 - City, University of London Graduate Diploma in Law Highest mark awarded for criminal law

2019 - City, University of London Bar Professional Training Course Outstanding


2019 - Pupil at Red Lion Chambers, London

2020 - Level 1 prosecutor

2021 - Tenant at Red Lion Chambers, London

2021 - Part-time barrister secondment at the Serious Fraud Office

2021 - Tenant at Park Square Barristers, Leeds


Junior Junior Counsel Panel, Government Legal Department -

Junior Junior Counsel Panel, Bank of England -

Grade 2 prosecutor -


South Eastern Circuit North Eastern Circuit Criminal Bar Association


2014 - Clare College Scholars’ Award, University of Cambridge

2015 - Clare College Scholars’ Award, University of Cambridge

2017 - Trinity Hall Bateman Scholar, University of Cambridge

2017 - Academic Scholarship, City, University of London

2018 - Academic Scholarship, City, University of London

2018 - Inner Temple BPTC Exhibition Scholarship

2018 - Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Award

Helena is a persuasive and personable advocate with experience across a broad range of criminal law.

She is instructed as a led junior and junior alone, with a wide-ranging practice encompassing organised crime, regulatory offences, financial crime and general crime.

Helena is experienced in representing vulnerable clients and victims of modern day slavery. Her sensitive approach, flexibility and attention to detail enable her to build a strong rapport with clients.

Helena has been instructed by the Serious Fraud Office to assist with an extensive bribery and corruption investigation and is a member of the ‘Junior Junior’ Counsel panel with the Bank of England.

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).


Notable Cases

Operation Highgrove [2022] – Led junior – Led disclosure junior as part of a multi-handed money laundering operation. The case was linked to a separate ten-handed, muti-million pound investigation.
Operation Pacefield [2023] – Led junior – Led junior in a multi-handed conspiracy to pervert the course of justice following a murder investigation.
R v DF [2023] – Sole junior – Instructed as sole counsel representing an individual charged with 21 counts of fraud, the value of which exceeded £100,000.
Operation Middlesex [2023] – Led junior – Led junior in a multi-handed prosecution of a joint-enterprise GBH and a drugs conspiracy, the spin off from a murder investigation.
Post Office Horizon Appeal [2022] – Led junior – Led by Craig Hassall KC and working in an ongoing case involving the appeals of a number of former postmasters to the Criminal Case Review Commission and, if successful, the Court of Appeal.