Helen practises across the range of chambers' work, but particularly in the fields of professional negligence, general commercial, insurance and property-related work. Helen has been listed as a recommended junior for professional liability work for some years in the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Legal Experts. Recent comments from the directories include:
- "She provides technically excellent advice and is a real fighter"
- "Very efficient, very bright and gives very good advice."
- “As an advocate, she has a wonderful ability to drill down to the core facts, paring away all that is irrelevant and presenting things in a clear and reasoned manner."
- "The reason that you go to a barrister is to get advice from somebody cleverer than you. She never disappoints in this regard and brings an angle that you're not clever enough to have thought about."
- "The exceptionally strong quality of Helen Evans' work stands out to interviewees. They comment that "she is not afraid of standing up and fighting for a point.""
- "Highly sought after for her professional negligence expertise and...considered a go-to by solicitors."
- "Formidable on paper, on her feet, and in cross-examination."
- "Works all hours of the day and provides a first-rate service."
- "Very bright and intuitive, she gives solid commercial advice."
Helen has experience of a very broad variety of claims against solicitors, with recent examples including lost litigation, employment, matrimonial and costs matters in addition to property, chancery and fraud work. Helen has acted, both led and on her own, in several pieces of large multi-party or managed litigation (involving issues such as the collapse of accident schemes, large frauds and “right to buy” schemes). Helen has also acted in numerous barristers’ negligence cases and has experience of wasted costs claims and civil restraining orders. Helen is the co-editor of the solicitors’ and barristers’ chapters in the forthcoming edition of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability (with Hugh Evans).
Helen has been instructed in a number of claims against financial professionals, including accountants, auditors and IFAs. Such claims have encompassed issues such as a wide variety of negligent tax, investment and advice about financial products. Examples of her current work include involvement in a multi-million pound, multi-party case relating to an alleged Unregulated Collective Schemes and several substantial claims relating to allegedly negligent audits. Helen is also currently instructed in professional disciplinary proceedings before the Financial Reporting Council.
Helen has also handled a broad range of disputes against surveyors and valuers (many of which have involved alleged large scale frauds). She has also acted on behalf of Banks bringing claims a variety of professionals arising out of property frauds as well as for the professional defendants (and in this context has experience of injunctive relief). She is currently instructed in a number of matters relating to negligent valuations of development sites (including in relation to large property portfolios).
Helen’s practice involves a number of insurance disputes. Helen has also advised on coverage as well as defending a broad range of claims (including e.g. commercial, property damage, theft and fire claims) on behalf of insurers. She acted in the Buncefield litigation and is currently involved in complex proceedings for lost profit and destruction of property arising out of an explosion in a commercial district.
Finally, Helen also has experience of a wide range of claims against insurance brokers. Her current caseload includes claims relating to non-disclosure, fraud, and failure to procure adequate cover across a range of different types of insurance.
Prior to joining chambers, Helen read English Literature at New College, Oxford, where she was Galsworthy scholar and obtained a first class degree. She also spent a year in France, at the University of Aix-Marseille. Helen then studied law at City University, where she gained a distinction in the CPE exams. During her Bar School year, Helen was Astbury Scholar of the Middle Temple, won the Inn's Helena Normanton QC Prize for her performance in the Bar Vocational Course and also obtained an MA from City University. In 2004 Helen was awarded a Pegasus scholarship to work in the insurance and professional liability department at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Toronto, Canada. Helen has had various articles published in legal journals and is a regular speaker at solicitors’ firms.
Helen has also been consistently involved in pro bono organisations such as PILARS (of which she was a founder member). She sits on the Pro Bono Committee of the Chancery Bar Association and participates in the Chancery Litigant in Person Scheme. She is a Deputy District Judge (a role which she will perform for 3 weeks a year). She has recently been appointed to the Bar Council’s Professional Indemnity Insurance Working Party.
M.A. (Oxon.) (First Class) C.P.E. (City) (Distinction) M.A. Administrative Law (City)