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Helen Bell

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2TG – 2 Temple Gardens (2TG – 2 Temple Gardens)


Helen has an extensive employment practice, appearing regularly in the Employment Tribunals, County Courts, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and in the High Court, acting for both claimants and respondents. In personal injury, Helen regularly appears before Circuit and District Judges in a range of final and interim hearings in the County Courts. She has also appeared in the Queen’s Bench and Admiralty Divisions of the High Court and in the Court of Appeal. A number of the instructions Helen receives involve issues of substantial public interest and importance, for example the successful defence to a claim in negligence for the maladministration of social security benefits at first instance, and on appeal in the first English case to directly consider the existence of a common law duty of care in such circumstances. Anthony Neary v (1) Service Children’s Education (2) Ministry of Defence (3) St John’s School UKEAT/0101/10, [2010] ICR 1083, [2010] IRLR 1030 – concerning the Employment Tribunal’s territorial jurisdiction to consider claims for disability and age discrimination and in particular the meaning of the phrase ‘ordinarily resident in Great Britain’ for this purpose. Her significant cases include: Robert Murdoch v Department for Work and Pensions [2010] EWHC 1988 – concerning the circumstances in which a Government department will owe a duty of care to a benefit claimant for negligence in the administration of claims for incapacity benefit and income support. Parminder Kaur Sahota v (1) Home Office (UKBA) (2) Pick Pipkin UKEAT 0342/09/LA, [2010] ICR 772 – as to whether a woman undergoing IVF treatment was to be regarded for the purposes of a sex discrimination claim as in a comparable position to a pregnant woman such that, if the reason for her treatment was IVF treatment, her discrimination claim would succeed without the need to consider how a man undergoing medical treatment would have been treated. Sylwester Dziennik v CTO Gesellschaft fur Containertransport MBH & Co MS Juturna KG [2006] EWCA Civ 1456 – concerning a claim for substantial damages for personal injury following an accident in the course of the claimant’s employment at sea. Among other matters, the case necessitated consideration of the decision of the Court of Appeal in Gaca v Pirelli [2004] EWCA Civ 373 and the deductibility of monies received by the claimant pursuant to an insurance policy taken out by his employer and order of deductibility in circumstances where there had been a finding of contributory negligence.


Called 2002; Middle Temple; appointed to the Treasury C Panel 2008.


Conversational French.


Personal Injury Bar Association; Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.


Chellaston School, Derbyshire; Wadham College, Oxford (2001 BA Jurisprudence First Class); Nottingham Law School (2002 BVC).

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