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Helen Evans

Call: 2001

Evans, Helen

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:

  • “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 and matrimonial 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, and large frauds). Helen has also acted in numerous barristers’ negligence cases and has experience of wasted costs claims and civil restraining orders. Helen has first-hand experience of claims raising issues arising from the Jackson reforms and recently appeared for the defendant solicitors in Hobson v West London Law [2013] EWHC 4425.

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 financial product advice. For example, she has recently been involved in litigation relating to inheritance tax mitigation, and geared traded endowment policies as well as a complex claim arising from an allegedly defective audit.

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 (and in this context has experience of injunctive relief).

Finally, 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. Helen also has experience of a wide range of claims against insurance brokers.

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.

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. She has recently been appointed a Deputy District Judge (a role which she will perform for 3 weeks a year).

Education

M.A. (Oxon.) (First Class) C.P.E. (City) (Distinction) M.A. Administrative Law (City)

Languages

French