Helen Bowdren > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Energy, Transport and Infrastructure


Helen is a partner in the market-leading Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) team at Dentons. She advises clients on all aspects of environmental, climate change, societal and human rights issues, across a wide range of sectors including energy, manufacturing, industrial and chemicals. Her practice is varied and includes transactional work as well as advisory and litigation, including Environment Agency and HSE investigations and prosecutions, judicial reviews and statutory appeals. She advises on environmental permitting, pollution liability, waste law, climate change, health and safety law, and product liability. Helen has an international practice, having worked in Dubai and South Africa, and regularly advises on environmental risk in cross-border transactions.


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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Health and safety

(Rising stars)

Helen BowdrenDentons

The health and safety team at Dentons works a balance of transaction, advisory and regulatory defence work with an integrated cross-border perspective. At the core of the practice is deep knowledge in the energy, rail, transportation, food and manufacturing sectors, with instructions coming from major clients across these sectors like National Rail. Stephen Shergold  leads the London team, as well as being chair of the firm’s global ESG steering committee. His practice covers all areas of environmental and health and safety law, particularly within the oil and gas, waste and contaminated land sectors. He leads alongside the Scotland-based Malcolm Gunnyeon, an expert in the rail and energy sectors. Helen Bowdren is another key name.

London > Real estate > Environment

Dentons‘s environment team is led by Stephen Shergold and benefits from his environmental expertise across sectors including oil and gas, waste and environmental insurance. The team also draws on the experience of environmental law experts including Helen Bowdren, who regularly acts on complex cross border mandates, Sam Boileau, whose expertise includes the environmental regulation of the oil & gas and waste sectors, and Pamela Coulthard, whose specialisms includes regulatory issues surrounding oil & gas decommissioning and pollution control. Recently, the firm has moved to expand its ESG practices, including through creating the ESG: Global Solution Hub, a tool used to measure legal risk for clients. The firm works across jurisdictions, leveraging its global influence and network to participate on high profile international cases.