Helen Trotter

Occupational Disease


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Paul Clarke
Rory Davis

Occupational Disease

Dust disease: Helen is rapidly building a reputation as an accomplished Defendant representative, in claims arising from asbestos exposure, allegedly resulting in asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. She is experienced in robustly representing Defendant interests, and in getting to the real issues in the case at the earliest stage. She is adept at identifying (particularly in complex cases) what medical and professional investigations are needed and quickly identifying truly contentious issues of likely interest to insurers.

NIHL: Helen has extensive experience in defending NIHL claims, for a range of clients, including government departments and large industry employers. She takes a particularly robust view as to matters of limitation and has had significant success with preliminary arguments as to the lack of applicability of the discretionary Limitation Act extension.

HAVS/VWF: Helen is familiar and confident defending HAVS/VWF claims, for a wide range of clients and well versed in the myriad of regulations surrounding employers’ alleged liability for the same. Ongoing matters include defending a HAVS claim, with specific reference to which the relevant regulations do, or do not, apply to a self-employed Claimant.



Having begun her career at a common law set of Chambers, Helen has built a strong civil practice with a particular emphasis on employment and personal injury. In 2010, Helen was appointed to the Attorney General's panel of approved Counsel, and appears for a variety of Government departments throughout the country. She is also counsel of choice for corporate clients in a varied range of disciplines, which include aviation, education, the leisure industry and a number of local authorities. 

Helen is a tenacious and committed advocate, who is frequently instructed in multiday matters lasting for 5 days or more. Alongside a daily practice in the Employment Tribunal and County Court, Helen regularly appears in the High Court and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She was praised in the most recent edition of Chambers and Partners for being “extremely good - client-focused, robust, personable, knows her stuff really well, and delivers great results.”

Year of Call: 2004

Areas of Expertise

  • Employment law
  • Occupational Disease
  • Pain Syndromes
  • Personal Injury


Legal 500 2017

‘An impressive advocate with expertise in Equality Act cases.’

Chambers UK 2017

"Her strengths lie in her ability to analyse and process information quickly and deliver an opinion in a concise, clear, practical way."

Chambers UK 2016

"Her strengths lie in her ability to analyse and process information quickly and to deliver an opinion in a concise, clear and practical way."

"Clients warm to her and know that she will represent them as robustly as possible."

Chambers UK 2015

"She has a strong presence in tribunals and a good bedside manner with clients." "She is extremely good - client-focused, robust, personable, knows her stuff really well, and delivers great results."

“We have found the service and advice from Helen to be of the highest quality on a variety of cases ranging from routine to catastrophic personal injury claims...” Neil Thompson, Quality Solicitors Smith Roddam.

“Over the years, Helen has worked with me on a number of diverse cases. She is a consummate professional. She has an enquiring and investigative mind, and her strengths lie in her ability to analyse and process information quickly and to deliver an opinion in a concise, clear and practical way.” Susanna Gilmartin, Thompson, Snell and Passmore.

“I have been impressed by Helen’s quick grasp of issues and thoroughness of preparation, when reviewing cases prior to hearing. She is good at putting clients at their ease, and giving them the confidence that someone has grasped the detail of a complex matter.” Jonathan Mansfield, Thomas Mansfield.


Northern Circuit
North Easter Circuit
Western Circuit


BA Hons (Cantab): 2000 [2:1]
CPE, City University: 2003 (Commendation). David Karmel scholarship.
BVC, ICSL: 2004 (Very competent). Gerard Moody scholarship.
Call: 2004, Gray’s Inn.
Attorney General’s provincial panel: 2010.

Chambers UK Logo 2016

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