Helen is an experienced general liability insurance lawyer with a strong background in professional indemnity. She was acknowledged in the Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers 2019 as one of Australia's leading Insurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation lawyers. In 2017, she was recommended as a Leading Professional Indemnity Lawyer in SA by Doyle's Guide.
Helen advises insurers on policy wording and coverage, reserves and disputes and overall claims management. She represents insured businesses, individuals and professions to defend claims. Helen also assists corporate and other entities to manage risks through providing contract reviews, advice and drafting, focussing on insurance and indemnity clauses in agreements.
Helen acts for Australian and overseas insurers and claims management agencies. She also assists insured businesses that manage their own claims within deductible levels and works with brokers in assisting their clients.
Helen has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Flinders University. She is admitted to the SA Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia.
Helen started out as a Judge's Associate in the District Court of South Australia. Contentious and non-contentious work followed as she joined the Crown Solicitors Office, firstly as an in-house solicitor for the Department of Transport and Urban Planning, and then within the Crown's civil litigation section. Helen then moved into the private sector, initially working in a commercial dispute resolution team of a national firm before changing to the world of insurance after a stint working at a London firm. Before joining Sparke Helmore in November 2014, Helen was a partner in the public liability and professional indemnity practice of a commercial law firm in Adelaide.
Helen enjoys spending quality time with her family, usually down at the beach (winter or summer), followed by coffee, babycinos and ice-cream. She enjoys cooking (and eating), live theatre and cinema, travel (and eating again). She is also keen on music (just listening – she cannot play any instrument for peanuts, but will sing and dance for her kids' entertainment. For other people's kids, you might have to entice her with a nice glass of red).