Helen Bowdren > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Environment, Safety


Helen is a partner in the Environment and Safety team. She advises clients on all aspects of environmental and safety risk, in various sectors including waste, chemicals, oil and gas (onshore and offshore), mining, infrastructure and transport. Helen represents clients in contentious matters, including Environment Agency and HSE investigations and prosecutions, judicial reviews, and statutory appeals.  Helen has an international practice, having worked in Dubai and South Africa, and regularly advises on environmental risk in cross-border transactions.  She is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) and the City of London Law Society Environmental Sub Committee.

Helen is acknowledged in the Legal 500 2016 for both environment and safety expertise. Clients describe her as ‘very credible in the field of environmental litigation and risk’.


Hertford College, University of Oxford, 2000, BA, Modern History (Hons); Manchester Metropolitan University, 2004, GDL; Manchester Metropolitan University, 2005, LPC

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Health and safety

(Rising stars)

Helen BowdrenDentons

The health and safety team at Dentons  maintains a balance of transactional, advisory, and regulatory defence work across the energy, transport, food and drink, and manufacturing industries, advising a number of well-known clients in these sectors.  Environmental law specialist Stephen Shergold  leads the London operation alongside Malcolm Gunnyeon, who also leads the Scottish health and safety team. Shergold’s practice focuses on oil and gas, waste, and contaminated land, among other related specialisms. Helen Bowdren maintains an international practice and works with clients including chemical manufacturers.

London > Real estate > Environment

The team at Dentons is praised for its ‘combination of skills and commercial acumen’, as it handles multi-jurisdictional transactional work, advises corporate clients on environmental regulation and assists them in contentious situations. The practice’s client portfolio spans the oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, retail, real estate and insurance industries. ‘Very engaging’ environment expert Stephen Shergold leads the team and is at the forefront of the firm’s ESG work – a key area for which the firm has developed products and platforms to help corporate clients assess their exposure or manage their performance throughout their supply chain. Helen Bowdren plays a central role in the team, acting on large, cross-jurisdictional matters.