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Helen Brown

Sale, United Kingdom

1 Testimonials
5 Case studies
1 Articles

Summary

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Contested Probate
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Dispute resolution
  • Disputed Wills
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Shareholder Disputes
Slater Heelis LLP

I have over 20 years experience dealing with business and personal disputes.  I specialise in quickly identifying the relevant issues and provide concise, practical advice on how to deal with a dispute. My approach to fees is transparent and straightforward. Where necessary I will fight hard to win the case, but I also recognise the importance of compromise in some situations.

I aim to build a good working relationship with my clients and provide my advice in a clear, jargon-free way to ensure excellent communication across the team.

Slater Heelis has a high quality reputation in the North West for good, value for money advice. We have strong teams of lawyers in all disciplines who can be called on to complement the resolution of a dispute.

Previous Employment

Myers Lister Price2005 - 2008

Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution

Cobbetts1990 - 2005

Partner

Experience

I specialise in dealing with demanding clients with challenging situations. For example:  (1) a retired property developer suing his Tax Accountants for a failed tax mitigation scheme. This was run with legal expenses insurance against one of the largest London law firms acting for the Accountants. The client’s wife, who was suffering from dementia, knew nothing about the claim and so communication with the client had to be discreet. (2) A family property development company forced into Liquidation by a bank, restored to the Companies register to claim compensation against the bank for Interest Rate Hedging Product mis-selling.

I also deal with intellectual property disputes. For example acting for the inventor of a device used in the civil engineering industry being sued by his ex employer who claimed ownership of the device.

I act for company owners and Directors and Partners in disputes over ownership of businesses.

I act alongside our Employment team bringing and defending injunctions and claims against employees for breach of restrictive covenants.

My highest profile reported case is Cunliffe v Fielden [2005] EWCA Civ 1508 which is now a leading case on financial provision for spouses after a short marriage under the Inheritance (Financial Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

My case of Lothian v Dixon and Webb [2014] is also often quoted in relation to proprietary estoppel cases.

These types of family/Will disputes are intellectually challenging but also emotionally challenging due to the family dynamic, and make a good contrast to the drier commercial disputes.

Education

Chester College of Law

University

1989 - 1990

Legal Practice Course (Solicitor)

Birmingham University

University

1985 - 1989

LLB (Batchelor of Laws)

Testimonials

Acrimonious Dispute Over Family Will

Helen is a gritty litigator who is equally adept at handling clients and opponents. She is also a sound technical lawyer who will deal with matters over night or at the weekend providing tremendous support for counsel – Nigel Thomas, Maitland Chambers

Case Studies

Release of Goods

I acted for an overseas supplier of homewear goods who was in dispute with a  large firm of Accountants who were refusing to release goods not paid for by the insolvent company they represented. Goods were eventually released without having to resort to expensive Court Proceedings

Disqualified Director

I acted for a company Director was accused of breaching the terms of his Disqualification. I obtained a reduced penalty through negotiation and mitigation.

Shareholder Dispute

My  client owned over 75% of shares and had offered to buy out the minority shareholder. The minority threatened S994 Unfair Prejudice proceedings and an injunction to prevent any alteration to the Articles. The business was stagnating due to the majority’s inability to move the company forward and the intransigence of the minority. The Articles were changed and the minority bought out at a reasonable price.

Claim against Bank for mis-selling of Interest Rate Hedging Product.

A family property development company was forced into Liquidation by a bank. Once it was restored to the Companies register I assisted the Company to claim compensation against the bank for Interest Rate Hedging Product mis-selling.

Complex Debt Recovery

I pursued a debt of £145,000 against a customer. Complex factual matrix due to Ordering/Delivery/Returns system utilised in the automotive parts sector and rebates granted for returned components for reconditioning.

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Professional Negligence Lawyers Association - since 2008

Association of Professional Negligence lawyers

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