Helen Moizer

Barrister

Date of Call: 2018

helenmoizer@no18chambers.com

Helen joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2023, after successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Nigel Cholerton. During her pupillage and since joining Chambers, Helen regularly practices in Employment Law and Family Law, with a particular interest in Children work and Matrimonial Finance.

Alongside her busy practice, Helen is active in the wider legal community. She is particularly passionate about access to justice and completed her pupil pledge with Advocate to take on pro bono work in her second six months of pupillage.

Helen was called to the Bar in 2018 with a ‘Very Competent’ and grades of ‘Outstanding’ in Cross Examination, Immigration, Resolution of Disputes Out of Court and Drafting.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Helen worked full-time as an Assistant Legal Officer for the Free Representation Unit, running her own caseload, as well as supervising the student volunteers with their matters. Prior to this, Helen worked as a legal caseworker for Advocate, the Bar’s pro bono charity.

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Expertise

Family: Care & Children

Public Law / Care and Adoption Proceedings

During pupillage, Helen gained experience observing counsel acting for Local Authorities, Guardians and parents. She has seen multi-day fact finding and final hearings and had exposure to emergency protection orders, interim care orders and represented a client in a discharge of care order application.


Private Law Children: Contact and Residence disputes under the Children Act 1989

Helen regularly represents applicants and respondents in applications made under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989. Helen has experience in applications for Child Arrangements Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders, Specific Issue Orders and Special Guardianship Orders.

Helen has represented clients from initial hearings through to contested final hearings. This includes matters involving domestic abuse, vulnerable parties, allegations of parental alienation, and those which have required the involvement of the Local Authority and/or Children’s Guardians.


Domestic violence & injunctions

Helen frequently represents both applicants and respondents who are involved in Family Law Act 1996 proceedings. She has extensive experience in applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders, including where those applications are linked to Children Act 1989 proceedings.


Family: Finance

During Helen’s pupillage, she had significant exposure to matrimonial and financial work with her supervisor. Helen now regularly appears for applicants and respondents at First Appointments, Financial Dispute Resolution hearings and Final Hearings concerning financial provision, including interim and final applications.


Employment & Discrimination

Helen has gained extensive employment law experience when previously working for the Free Representation Unit. This involved advising and representing clients in tribunals on issues such as: unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages, breach of contract, holiday pay, discrimination, and National Minimum Wage issues.

During pupillage at No18 Chambers and now tenancy, Helen has a growing employment law practice and accepts instructions in all aspects of tribunal work.

In July 2023, Helen appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal pro bono and was successful in having the appeal dismissed: The Sports PR Company Ltd v Ms Valentina Londono Cardona [2023] EAT 110.

Helen is developing her experience in multi-day hearings and recently represented a Claimant in a 5-day trial dealing with disability discrimination (including a reasonable adjustments claim and a claim under s.15 Equality Act 2010).


Chancery and Commercial

Helen is building her experience in cohabitation and TOLATA claims, as well as Inheritance Act matters.


Property

Helen represents clients at possession hearings and injunction applications. Helen has been successful in representing Claimants by obtaining an urgent injunction to prevent nuisance or annoyance, as well as obtaining outright possession due to a Defendant’s significant anti-social behaviour.


Qualifications

  • BPP Law School: Bar Professional Training Course (2018)
  • University College London: LLM Human Rights specialism (2017)
  • City University London: Graduate Diploma in Law (2016)
  • University of Birmingham: BA Hons English and American Literature (2015)

Membership

  • FLBA
  • Middle Temple (Young Barristers’ Association)
  • Advocate
  • Free Representation Unit

Awards

  • Best Team Orals in the Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot (Eric E. Bergsten Award) 2018

  • Top mark in ‘Asylum, Deportation, Detention and Extradition’ module (BPTC) 2018

  • BPP Advocacy Scholarship (BPTC) 2017

  • Semi-finalist in the ESU National Mooting Competition 2016

Publications / Seminars

  • Helen writes for the Financial Remedies Journal, she summarises new cases and judgments for the website, email updates and published journal.

  • Helen has given many talks on access to justice and pro bono work. Events have included the Target Jobs Pupillage Fair, at UCL’s Centre for Access to Justice and the Property Bar Conference.

Personal Info

Outside of Chambers, Helen enjoys yoga and has been practising it for over five years. She also enjoys hiking and travelling.

What others say

Advocacy was impressive and she made the client aware of the matters limitations (but in such a way she wasn’t devastated and worrying before we headed into Court). Also provided a great note after the hearing to confirm the judgement which I always find helpful even when I attend. A raising star and one to watch!

(Stowe Family Law)

Helen was simply amazing! Client loved her and I have a new ‘go to’ at No18

(Emma Sanders, Stowe family law)

“Helen has been outstanding, she really knows her stuff, is responsive, knowledgeable and not afraid to stand up and fight for our client.”

(Solicitor testimonial (2023))

She was extremely professional, seeking guidance on instructions and very kind and empathetic to our witnesses who found the day very challenging. It was worth it to get the outcome we so desperately needed, a challenging day but just wanted to put in writing how helpful, confident, articulate, and professional she was.

(Kayleigh Barkus | capsticks.com)