Helen advises the public and private sectors on outsourcings, joint ventures, mutuals, strategic partnerships, trading vehicles, shared services and PPPs across all service areas ranging from customer services, social care and regeneration. She also advises on procurement and bidding strategies and governance issues.
Many of the projects on which she has advised have won national and international awards or been National Pathfinders because they have involved the application of innovation.
Helen has been long recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers as a national expert in several legal areas including local government, public procurement, administrative and public law, education and PPPs.
The Legal 500 praised the 'forensic' approach combined with 'genuine creativity' which Helen brings to her work. Chambers 2015 describes Helen as "pre-eminent" and "firmly within the higher echelons of local government law", noting her "long-standing reputation for the quality of her advice to the public sector on a wide range of issues, including vires, outsourcing and governance. She attracts praise from sources, who say: "She blends knowledge of the public sector and what drives it with high-quality technical skills".
Helen chaired the award winning New Local Government Network. A leading policy think tank which promotes efficiency and modernisation in the public sector. She was on Sir Ian Byatt’s Procurement Taskforce Report and elected to The Guardian's Public Leaders Network.
The University of Law has conferred Helen with Visiting Professor status.
Helen has recently been named as being among the world's leading government contract lawyers by Who's Who legal: Government Contracts 2016.