Ms Helen Pooley > Deka Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Deka Chambers
3-5 Norwich Street


Helen joined chambers in October 2013 upon completion of her pupillage. She has developed a broad common law practice and accepts instructions in all areas of chambers practice. She appears in court on a regular, often daily, basis in civil, family and criminal hearings in London and further afield. Helen also has a busy paper based practice advising and drafting statements of case in a range of civil areas including personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law. She also advises clients on the telephone and in conference. Helen frequently tackles new areas of work and looks forward to expanding her work into other areas of chambers practice. Helen undertakes work on a CFA basis where appropriate. Helen has experience in delivering seminars and presentations in civil matters and is happy to consider any invitations to do so when appropriate. Helen was responsible for compiling chambers’ 2013 personal injury liability and quantum updates and also assisted in updating a key practitioner textbook following the introduction of the new 2012 Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Scheme. Outside of chambers, Helen enjoys cooking, pilates, playing squash and travelling.


Helen accepts instructions to advise on merits, evidence and quantum in a range of areas. She deals with the full range of personal injury work including employers liability, occupiers liability, public liability, road traffic accidents and Animal Act claims. She is also developing a specific interest in industrial disease cases, particularly Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims. Helen also accepts instructions in the broader civil sphere including: Employment Professional and clinical negligence CICA hearings and appeals Inquests (on behalf of families and other interested parties) She appears regularly in the County Court, acting for both claimants and defendants in fast track and multi track matters, and has also undertaken work in the Coroner’s Court, the Admiralty Court and civil matters in the Magistrates Court. Helen has also appeared in the High Court on several occasions, including tomake submissions on costs in a multi track group claimant action. Helen is a member of the Personal Injury Bar Association. Recent Cases NK v RBC (2014) – Successfully represented a child claimant in a trial where there were allegations of inadequate supervision and instruction in a primary school PE lesson. The Court found in favour of the claimant, identifying flaws in the supervision policy and risk assessments of the school in relation to such lessons SB v R (2014) – Defended a case concerning a dispute over ownership of a dog. The court found the dog belonged to the claimant and the claimant sought general damages for loss of the dog as loss of a chattel. In line with the claimant’s case, the court awarded nominal general damages of £100, it was a sentimental loss only. LS v RT (2014) – Represented a claimant in an unfair dismissal claim who made a claim against her former employer for unfair dismissal and age discrimination. The Tribunal found for the claimant on all points and awarded just under £20,000 for loss of earnings and age discrimination compensation PV v CICA (2014) – Represented a claimant at an appeal hearing to decide whether she had engaged with police during the investigation. Despite clear police evidence suggesting she had not, the tribunal accepted her evidence that she had cooperated and that in any event the investigation would have gone nowhere given there was no successful ID of the assailant. Re: AB (2014) – Represented the family of a man killed whilst being towed by a recovery vehicle. The inquest looked into exactly how the accident had happened. It concluded that the tow bar had broken because the deceased’s vehicle had veered off the road for a few seconds and hit a tree, causing the car to flip and collide into an oncoming vehicle. It was described as a freak accident. Family: Helen accepts instructions on publicly and privately funded basis’ and appears regularly in the Family Court and County Court on a variety of matters.She is regularly instructed in care cases and her practice includes contested interim hearings, directions and case management hearings, renewal and discharge hearings and final hearings. She also has experience of adoption final hearings and permission to appeal. Helen acts for both parents and local authorities. Helen accepts instructions to represent litigants in private children cases and has experience representing clients in domestic violence proceedings including applications for non molestation orders and occupation orders. She also has experience dealing with financial and matrimonial matters. Crime: Helen appears in both the Crown Court and Magistrates Court in London and also further afield. She accepts instructions to represent Defendants and also regularly appears on behalf of the CPS and Probation in both the Crown and Magistrates courts. Helen appears in a variety of hearings (including first appearances, case management hearings, trials, and sentences) and in relation to a variety of charges, including driving offences and special reasons. Helen has experience dealing with issues including bad character, special measures and hearsay. Her practice is constantly expanding and she has been involved in cases concerning youths, sexual offences, assault, attempted robbery, criminal damage and theft. Helen also has some experience in dealing with POCA claims and represents HMRC at all stages of such proceedings.


BA Hons. Anglo Saxon Norse and Celtic, 2.1 (Trinity College, University of Cambridge); Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction (City University London); Bar Professional Training Course, Outstanding (City University London); Inner Temple GDL Scholarship 2010; Inner Temple Advocacy Prize 2013.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Helen PooleyDeka Chambers

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Helen PooleyDeka Chambers

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Helen PooleyDeka Chambers