Helen Nugent

Barrister

Date of Call: 2007

What others say

“I have worked with Helen on many high value personal injury cases. She is extremely thorough and diligent as well as easy to work with. I have no hesitation in recommending her.”
Paul Kitson, Slater Gordon
“A well rounded advocate, with an excellent eye for detail. I have worked with Helen on some very complex cases; my clients have praised her approach.”
David Ellis, SC Law
“Thorough, attention to detail and very sharp.”
Ardip Kahlon, Irwin Mitchell
  • Barrister profile

Helen enjoys a diverse common law practice, with a particular focus on personal injury and clinical negligence. She regularly acts for both claimants and defendants in an advisory and representative capacity. As a trial advocate, she has a wealth of experience in the County Court, Magistrates’ Court; Youth Court and Crown Court. Having been appointed as a Home Office Presenting Officer, she has also appeared in the First Tier Immigration Tribunal in relation to a broad range of immigration and asylum matters.

Prior to Pupillage, Helen set up and developed her own successful legal business: providing paralegal services to barristers and solicitors across the country.  She frequently appeared in the County Court in Case Management Conferences, Costs Management Conferences, Infant Approval hearings and interim applications.  

As a linguist, Helen has deployed her language skills in large, high value, international group actions (in Peru and the Côte d’Ivoire); involving cross-border litigation and jurisdictional issues.  More recently, she was selected to take part in the Bar Council, British-Brazilian exchange: with a placement at a law firm in São Paulo.

She is a ratified Social Security member of the Free Representation Unit.

Expertise

Family: Finance

Helen has been involved in a range of financial remedy proceedings, involving pension provision and the division of matrimonial debt. She has advised on applications for maintenance pending suit, the enforcement and remission of maintenance arrears.


Divorce & Separation

She has a particular interest in matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 applications.  She is interested in developing a practice in divorce claims with jurisdictional issues; and has also been involved in cases regarding the enforcement of Orders for ancillary relief.


Chancery and Commercial

Helen has advised in a range of contractual disputes; arising from the variation of agreements, breaches of statutorily implied terms, the incorporation of terms and contractual construction.  She has also represented clients in respect of Civil Restraint Orders.  Formerly the Legal Director of a national enforcement agency, she has appeared in Form 4 hearings, in respect of complaints made against certificated bailiffs and the unlawful seizure of goods.


Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Helen has over 7 years’ experience in personal injury (road traffic accidents, public and employers’ liability claims), fatal accidents, product liability (including breaches of implied terms under the Sale of Goods Act 1979) and clinical negligence claims (for both claimants and defendants).  

In particular, she has extensive experience of catastrophic injury claims; and cases involving complex liability, medical causation and quantum issues.   She has experience of claims against the Ministry of Defence and she is currently developing her practice in occupational illness claims, including but not limited to: industrial disease (such as noise induced hearing loss); harassment, stress and bullying at work.  In addition, Helen has drafted Part 8 pleadings in claims for provisional damages.

Helen has also been involved in medical and dental negligence claims and cases relating to complex orthopedic injury, birth injury, delayed and wrongful diagnosis.
 
In addition, she has experience of inquests.


Employment & Discrimination

Helen has a growing employment law practice.  She has experience of a range of matters, including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and discrimination claims; with experience of cases brought under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in both the criminal and civil courts, she is also able to advise on cases involving harassment and bullying in the workplace.


Property

Landlord and tenant

Helen has advised at all stages of proceedings, representing both landlords and tenants in claims involving allegations of disrepair; surrender and breach of tenancy agreements.


Qualifications

  • BA (Hons): French, Spanish and Portuguese
  • The University of Nottingham

Membership

  • APIL
  • PIBA
  • LCLCBA

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Awards

  • Times Law Awards (2007): Third Place
  • “Extradition to foreign Courts: are our laws fair?”

Appointments

  • Secretary to the APIL barristers' group

Publications / Seminars

  • The Maria da Penha law: Legislating against domestic violence in Brazil
    [2016] IFL at 36

Personal Info

Away from Chambers, Helen enjoys cross-fit, playing netball, watching cricket and painting.  

Helen has a keen interest in foreign travel.  The third year of her undergraduate degree was divided between work in France and studying at the Universidad de Desarollo in Chile.