Helen is a qualified lawyer, experienced professional trainer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has over 15 years’ experience teaching, training and coaching UK and international lawyers, trainees and paralegals. She delivers skills-development training and runs courses on property law, wills, administration of estates, trust law, mental capacity law and inheritance tax. She is also a certified coach, having completed her training at the University of Cambridge, employing a wide range of coaching methodology in her coaching practice to support workplace, personal and professional development. Her particular areas of coaching interest are supporting lawyers who are dealing with challenging personal circumstances and lawyers dealing with the challenges presented by the onset of the menopause.
Helen qualified as a solicitor in 1999, as a law graduate of the University of Sheffield and having studied the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law. She completed her training contract in London at international law firm, Charles Russell (now Charles Russell Speechlys) and, on qualification, specialised in Private Client work. In 2006 she moved into the world of professional training, working for BPP for over 10 years. At BPP she was head of the professional development law and skills programmes for trainee and qualified lawyers and developed and led the law conversion programme for international lawyers. Following a successful decade at BPP, Helen took up an associate professor position at Birmingham City University, where she was part of the senior management team for 3 years, leading SQE development and the Master’s in Professional Law programme.
…Helen can often be found travelling in her campervan around the UK with her husband and flat-coated retriever, Watson. She enjoys open-water and wild swimming and is still trying to find the secret Snowdonia “infinity pool”. She also enjoys walking and is a keen tennis player, although her enthusiasm for the latter is disproportionate to her skill.