Helen was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2003 and has practised solely in insurance since her admission to the bar. Her core focus is in liability insurance – Helen’s practice is significantly concentrated on professional indemnity, and directors and officers, claims involving the legal and accounting professions, and the financial services sector. Helen also handles a significant number of general liability and statutory liability claims. Helen regularly appears in all Courts and in the last 18 months has successfully defended professionals in respect of two High Court proceedings and overturned an adverse High Court decision before the Court of Appeal. Helen also regularly appears before various statutory and professional bodies, in particular for solicitors, accountants and financial advisers. In addition to her liability defence work for insurers, Helen provides claims handling, policy drafting and risk management advice to insurers, brokers and insureds on a regular basis.
Helen is a critiquer for the New Zealand Law Society Introduction to High Court Civil Litigation Skills programme.