Helen Lavery

Helen Lavery

Year of call: 2017
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Helen joined Chambers in September 2018. She accepts instructions in line with Chambers’ areas of practice. During pupillage Helen has appeared regularly in the Magistrates Court, the Crown Court and to represent healthcare professionals in regulatory proceedings.

Crime

Helen defends in a range of criminal cases. She has experience of representing defendants accused of violence, drugs offences and financial crime. She frequently appears in the youth court representing children and young adults.

Helen is a CPS Level 1 Panel advocate. During the first 6 months of her pupillage she acted as a prosecution noting junior in a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Helen’s recent Crown Court work has included:

  • Representing a convicted drug dealer at his sentencing for absconding following a lengthy period of being on the run. He had been tried in his absence and sentenced to eleven years imprisonment. The absconding offence carries up to 12 months in custody, this was at the most serious end of the sentencing guidelines. The defendant received just 4 months custody.
  • Arguing successfully for the re-admission to bail of a defendant in a murder case who had already breached her bail conditions and had been remanded in custody.
  • Persuading the Court to impose a community order in a serious dangerous driving case one where the defendant had collided – on a zebra crossing – with a mother pushing her baby in a pram.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Helen regularly presents cases for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in disciplinary proceedings. She also appeared for the British Acupuncture Council at the sanctions hearing in the first ever contested disciplinary action against an acupuncturist.

Background

Helen studied law at Queens’ College Cambridge. Helen was selected by the University of Cambridge to volunteer with the Texas Defender Service in Austin where she worked on a number of death row cases, including a successful stay of execution.

Before pupillage she worked as a paralegal in a large city firm in their White Collar Crime and Investigations team, focussing on private prosecution, bribery and extradition work. She has also worked the Financial Conduct Authority on large scale fraud investigations.

 

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