Helen is a solicitor who joined Deighton Pierce Glynn in September 2021. Previously Helen worked at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, where she worked as a caseworker, trainee solicitor and qualified as a solicitor in March 2021.
Prior to her legal career, Helen worked in the aid sector, assisting humanitarian responses to refugee flows, displaced people, conflict and natural disasters around the world.
Helen represents clients in judicial review claims, focusing on migrant support challenges.
She routinely represents asylum seekers and care leavers seeking adequate accommodation and support from the Home Office or Local Authorities. Her recent cases have focused on helping people to secure accommodation that will allow them continue accessing mental health treatment or vital support networks, securing adequate accommodation for pregnant women prior to the birth of their children, and challenging long delays in moving families with children from temporary to longer term accommodation.
She also represents asylum seeking care leavers whose local authority support has been terminated, and clients with disabilities who require support and accommodation from their local authority.
Following the return of the Taliban regime last year, Helen assisted former interpreters for the British Army in Afghanistan to challenge refusals of their visa applications by the Home Office, securing reversals of the decisions and entry to the UK for these clients and their families. She is also assisting individuals who have been issued with notices of intent to remove them to Rwanda to challenge the Home Office’s refusal to process their claims in the UK.
Helen is an accredited Level 2 senior caseworker and supervisor under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.