Helen read law at Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor in 1990. Her legal career started with one of the leading private client practices in London, in which she gained considerable experience dealing with financial issues for wealthy clients. She then moved to a High Street practice as a partner, where she broadened her experience to cover all aspects of family law. Following a career break she decided not to return to work as a solicitor, limited to representing one parent, and in 2007 retrained as a mediator. She is one of the founding partners of The Wells Group and works with clients in Tunbridge Wells and in Central London.
Helen is now a senior mediator and one of the foundation trainers for the Family Mediators’ Association. She has lectured regularly on Family Mediation, including training new family court judges at the Judicial College. She became a Professional Practice Consultant in 2012, supervising a number of family mediators in their developing practices.
Helen is qualified as a Child Consultant and speaks regularly on the goal and challenges of cooperative parenting post-separation. She has been involved in running parenting courses alongside her mediation practice.
Helen was the mediator representative on the Private Law Working Group, which examined how family law disputes are resolved in England and Wales, and how that might be improved. In 2020 Helen was invited to set up and Chair the Family Solutions Group, and its report “What about me?”, focusing on the needs of the child following family separation, was published in November 2020.
Helen’s clear and unshakeable professional goal is to represent the voice of the child alongside the parents with whom she works. Her aim is always to support parents, where safe to do so, to handle their separation in a way which leaves them able to cooperate as parents for years into the future, to the lasting benefit of their children.
Outside of the world of family breakdown, Helen spends much of her time in the West Highlands, with dogs and family.
I would like to thank you for the time you have spent in achieving in 4 hours, what we never achieved in 4 months. I think it is by far a much better process than solicitors and court.
I honestly feel that we now have a good chance of proceeding in an amicable way that hopefully in time will become a friendship with the children at its core. I do not think we would have achieved this through solicitors, and feel huge gratitude for your patience and gentleness.
It’s so much better to go through this process together in a calm and neutral setting, rather than being defensive at home or seeing a solicitor individually. You’ve been a great adviser on a tricky topic and the meetings were really productive.
Throughout this whole horrible process we have both felt that the system is designed to leave us hating each other and to have had your support in helping us get to this point has meant a great deal, so thank you for your support of us both and for reflecting everything so well.
Thank you for all you have done to make a very sad and painful process somewhat less painful!
Thanks for all your help. We are talking a lot more and generally getting on much better, we even stood next to each other at rugby AND are going to parents’ evening together!
You did more in 4 hours than our lawyers had done in 1 year. For that I am very grateful.