Helen is a dual Irish and English practising solicitor with over 25 years’ experience specialising in all areas of maritime and transport law. Helen is one of the first 17 solicitors in Ireland to be conferred a Patent of Precedence by the Government of Ireland and designated the title of Senior Counsel as proven capacity for excellence.
She acts for the P&I Clubs,
their members and other interests in ship arrests, cargo claims,
charterparty and bill of lading disputes and defending personal injury
claims. She regularly advises of insurance issues.
Helen has acted in a number of
collisions, groundings and casualties and has regularly advised on
issues of port state control, marine casualty investigations by
authorities and has routinely represented owners and crew in
Helen is regularly instructed to assist
clients on commercial negotiations and the drafting of commercial
agreements. She has drafted a wide spectrum of shipping and transport
documents such as charterparties, bills of lading, MOA’s, terms and
conditions of transport and management agreements.
Helen advises borrowers, lenders and
lessors on ship finance transactions drafting both security
documentation, legal opinions in relation to borrowers and drafting
corporate filings. She advises on the acquisition of new buildings and
the sale and purchase of second-hand tonnage.
Helen is a legal trainer on UNCTAD’s
“Train for Trade” programme. She is a titulary member of the Comité
Maritime International, a former Director of the Port of Waterford and
the Irish representative for ForwarderLaw.com. She is an overseas supporting member of the LMAA.
Helen regularly lectures on international sale and carriage of goods and on maritime environmental issues.