Helen Pugh > Chambers of James Counsell KC and Keith Bryant KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Counsell KC and Keith Bryant KC
Outer Temple Chambers

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Commercial and Civil Fraud, Company and Insolvency, Banking and Finance, Professional Negligence


Barrister specialising in Commercial and Civil Fraud, Company and Insolvency, Banking and Finance, Professional Negligence.


Helen specialises in general commercial litigation, civil fraud, contentious insolvency and company law issues, and professional negligence.

Her practice has a strong international element with an expertise in jurisdictional disputes and conflict of law issues, including as they arise at an interim stage in applications for worldwide freezing orders and service out applications or on the substantive claim, and in the cross-border insolvency context.

Helen has a busy commercial and civil fraud practice with an increasing amount of work with a cross-border element. She has particular knowledge of cryptocurrency disputes and the particular issues arising in connection with these disputes over digital assets.

Helen has substantial experience of all aspects of company and contentious insolvency matters, including shareholder disputes, derivate actions, directors’ disqualification proceedings, misfeasance/breach of fiduciary duty claims, unlawful distribution claims, antecedent transaction challenges, beneficial ownership disputes and other proceedings under the Insolvency Act such as petitions, annulment applications, and applications for examinations.

Helen undertakes a range of financial services and banking work as part of her broad commercial practice. In addition to guarantee disputes and other contractual claims, Helen’s expertise in insolvency and civil fraud is a considerable asset in this area. She has also been instructed in a number of professional negligence cases against financial and insurance intermediaries. Helen is regularly invited to speak on topics related to banking and finance, including Quincecare claims and cryptocurrency. She has been published on a range of topics in the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law and other leading publications.

Helen has extensive experience across the breadth of professional negligence actions including firms of solicitors, surveyors and valuers, insurance and other brokers or intermediaries, and accountants.


Conversational German and French


  • COMBAR (Commercial Bar Association)
  • ChBA (Chancery Bar Association)
  • PNBA (Professional Negligence Bar Association)
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • R3 (the Association of Business Recovery Professionals)
  • Thought4Leaders FIRE Community Member

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Helen PughOuter Temple Chambers Her strengths are great attention to detail and not being afraid to give negative advice.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 6

Helen PughOuter Temple ChambersHelen has a fantastic grasp of the intricacies of professional negligence, and an approachable and understanding demeanour which helps to build a quick rapport with clients.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Helen PughOuter Temple Chambers ‘She is unflappable and has the advocacy touch and tactical judgement of a barrister with much more experience.’