People

Helen Pickford Partner T:01782 349515 M:07388 949117

A specialist in the resolution of business-critical commercial disputes.

Helen advises companies on complex business disputes particularly where reputation is at stake or emergency injunctive relief is required.  This includes freezing orders or search and seizure orders in cases of fraud, breach of confidentiality or restrictive covenants.  She also advises on shareholder disputes and minority shareholder actions and claims arising from corporate transactions such as breach of warranty, contractual disputes with suppliers and distributors, and professional negligence claims.  Helen is experienced in alternative routes to dispute resolution including mediation and expert determination.

Helen represents clients in the energy, retail, automotive, manufacturing and IT sectors. She understands the issues they face, the distractions that litigation brings and the need for a timely resolution.

Examples of how Helen has helped her clients include:

  • protecting the brand and reputation of a leading energy company by preventing a dealer from passing off and unlawfully trading with their assets;
  • securing a disputed payment from G4S for services provided during the 2012 Olympics under a complex web of sub-contracts;
  • confirming the authority of the board of a Luxembourg property fund in a deadlock with their London property agent: Grainmarket Asset Management Limited v PGF (II) SA [2013] EWHC 1879 (Ch); and
  • substantially reducing the amount payable by a major fashion retailer to a software supplier by showing that their multi-million-pound claim was massively inflated.