Helen Garthwaite > Wedlake Bell LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Wedlake Bell LLP

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Helen has a proven track record of leading legal services delivery at project specific and international key client level as well as providing construction related finance advice from project inception, feasibility and structuring to completion. Her clients include corporations and institutions, owning, financing, investing and procuring development and infrastructure.

She leads Wedlake Bell’s Later Living Sector Group
She is co-founder of Wedlake Bell’s “Tomorrow’s City, Today’s Challenge” initiative:
https://www.wedlakebell.com/tomorrows-city-todayschallenge and has leading expertise in sustainable construction having lead the acclaimed industry reports Hitting the Green Wall (2009) and Behind the Green Façade (2010).
Head of construction at international law firm Taylor Wessing for six years.
Internationally ranked expert by Euromoney (2019) Women in Business Law UK Construction.
She is a member of the Board of Management of the British Council of Offices; leading on the legal content for the BCO Group Specification 2019


Helen qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and became a partner in 1996. Prior to joining Wedlake Bell as a Partner in April 2014, Helen was a Partner at Taylor Wessing. She regularly writes for and is asked for comment by the industry press on construction and sustainable development issues.


Board of Management of the British Council of Offices; member of the working party of the Better Buildings Partnership on energy performance contracting; member (and past council member) of the Society of Construction Law and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


King’s College, London (Master of Science in Construction Law and Arbitration).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Construction: non-contentious

Wedlake Bell LLP advises on high-value and complex construction matters both domestically and internationally, with its key areas of sector expertise being logistics, pharmaceuticals, residential development, and healthcare and later living. Sarah Elliott heads the team, principally acting for developers, funders, property investors, consultants and contractors, as well as for ultra-high net worth clients. Suzanne Reeves has a broad expertise, including in infrastructure matters, whilst Helen Garthwaite offers construction-related finance advice.