Helen Trotter


Personal Injury

Manchester

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

Leeds

5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123

Birmingham

Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Paul Clarke
Rory Davis


Personal Injury

Helen continues to build a thriving general Personal Injury practice, with particular expertise in disease litigation, chronic pain and stress at work. She is also experienced across the broad spectrum of personal injury litigation, however the loss arose. Helen is extremely experienced in conducting multi-track cases, with many of her cases having a value of seven figures. Her pragmatic, hands-on approach expedites the cases she is involved in, avoiding unnecessary delay and costly satellite litigation. Helen’s experience in employment law gives her valuable additional insight in the stress at work claims in which she specialises.

Significant Reported Cases

W v D [2015] An ongoing industrial injury case in which Helen is being led by Michael Rawlinson QC, acting for the Defendant. The case is pleaded at £5.5 million and is being litigated in the High Court.

Stress at Work

Helen has a particular interest in stress at work claims, due to the additional advantage her extensive employment law practice gives her. Helen has also been involved in a number of claims brought under the Protection of Harassment Act 1997, and is skilled at determining whether the connection between the harassment alleged and the Claimant’s employment is sufficiently proximate to found a successful claim.   

Significant reported cases

H v DWP [2015] This is an ongoing case, in which Helen is led by Michael Rawlinson QC, and is acting for the Claimant. She alleges systematic bullying and harassment by her superiors, leading to the development of psychosis and ongoing mental health problems. 

Pain Syndromes

Helen has extensive experience in chronic pain cases, and often deals with extremely high value litigation, on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Recent cases have involved chronic and complex regional pain syndrome, and have involved the examination of multiple experts’ reports, often containing widely divergent views, and successfully advancing applications for interim payments. She is a member of the recently founded Kings Chambers specialist pain team. 


Profile

 

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

Recommendations

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.

Memberships

ELBA
ELA
PIBA
Northern Circuit
North Easter Circuit
Western Circuit

Qualifications

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.

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