Helen Gardiner Employment

Call: 2007


Helen specialises in commercial litigation, appearing regularly in the High Court and County Court at both first instance and on appeal. Helen also has a busy paper practice, advising on a range of disputes on paper and in
conference. Her work focuses largely on the overlapping areas of consumer credit, banking and asset finance as well as mortgage and general commercial disputes. Helen also has a growing insolvency practice, regularly dealing with winding up and bankruptcy petitions, and applications to set aside statutory demands, amongst other things.

As Helen also carries out a significant amount of work in the employment field, she is well placed to act and advise in cases where there is a crossover between commercial and employment law, for example case involving restrictive covenants, company insolvency and the transfer of undertakings.

Helen is well regarded as a tenacious advocate, able to provide robust, practical and direct advice and representation to clients whilst remaining approachable. Helen is the co-ordinator of the Leeds branch of the Junior Commercial Team. She is also qualified to accept instructions under the Bar’s Public Access Scheme.

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • Lincoln College, University of Oxford 2003-2006, 2:1 in Jurisprudence
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Bar Vocational Course 2006-2007, Very Competent
  • Bacon Award, Grays Inn

Recent Cases:

  • Acting for the managing director of a company, defending a high value claim for breach of fiduciary duties, conversion and conspiracy.
  • Acting for a bank, defending a claim to remove its charge from the register on the grounds of a fraudulent sale to the mortgagor.
  • Representing a couple defending an action for a declaration for an easement by prescription over their half of a shared driveway.
  • Advising on a complex restitution claim regarding monies owed by an ex-director to an LLP and its members.
  • Representing property owners in complex possession claims, which raised issues of misrepresentation, fraud, undue influence, and unfair relationships under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
  • Restraining advertisement of a winding up petition.
  • Representing owners of a property which had suffered damage from a neighbouring floor collapse, giving rise to issues of nuisance, negligence, trespass and Rylands v Fletcher, together with difficult limitation issues.


  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • ELBA
  • Industrial Law Society


Helen regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal, and represents both claimants and respondents. She has particular experience in cases involving unfair dismissal (both ordinary and automatic), disability, race and sex discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE.

Helen is popular with clients and solicitors, thanks not only to her sound advice and skillful advocacy, but also her ability to put clients at ease very quickly.

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