Helen Hogben > Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC > Middlesbrough, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC
Trinity Chambers

Work Department






• Employment & Regulatory Law
• Education Law
• Financial Remedies on Divorce
• Police Law


Helen was called to the Bar in 2006 after a successful commercial career which has served her well in employment matters enabling her to cut quickly to the pertinent issues and offer sound, practical advice. Her clients have included employees and employers in the private sector, trade unions, local authorities and police forces.
She has experience in a wide range of employment law matters including unfair and wrongful dismissal, redundancy, TUPE, contract claims including applications for injunctive relief,  discrimination because of sex, race, age, disability, religious belief, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and sexual orientation, harassment, whistleblowing, unlawful deduction from wages and holiday pay claims.
Helen has appeared at the EAT and the Court of Appeal and has represented clients in several complex and lengthy Tribunal cases. She has particular experience in cases involving allegations of discrimination, victimisation and whistleblowing. Recent notable cases have included Khan & Others –v- Chief Constable of Cleveland Police where she represented two police officers in their high-profile race claims against Cleveland Police. https://tinyurl.com/y8taexco


For many clients, employment issues can be linked to allegations of professional misconduct. Helen has experience in advising and representing professionals facing disciplinary or regulatory proceedings including teachers, police officers and medical professionals. She is regularly instructed by the Police Federation of England & Wales in a range of police misconduct matters.


She also offers advice and representation to parents, schools and local authorities in cases concerning discrimination in schools, access to SEN provision, admission decisions/appeals and pupil exclusion decisions. She receives regular instructions from several local authorities in appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and has experience before local authority Independent Appeal Panels. She recently successfully represented two students who were reinstated after they had been subject to an unlawful permanent exclusion from school.


Before commencing pupillage, Helen taught the Matrimonial Finance module on the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University. She accepts instructions in financial remedy proceedings including applications for maintenance pending suit.



North Eastern Circuit

Gray’s Inn

Employment Lawyers’ Association 
Helen is a member of a number of business networking and marketing groups in the North East and regularly represents both individuals and SMEs directly in employment matters under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Helen HogbenTrinity ChambersExperienced in cases involving police forces.