Helen Rutherford

Call 2010


“A first-rate advocate.”

The Legal 500 2020
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Practice Overview

Helen practises in all areas of personal injury, including clinical negligence. She has a particular interest in Animals Act cases and regularly gives seminars on the subject.

Helen was called to the Bar in 2010. Since then she has built up a busy practice, covering all areas of civil law. She has a particular interest and growing reputation in equine and animal law matters and contributes to a national equine magazine, answering readers’ questions on equine legal issues. She is also instructed in matters of veterinary negligence.

She has built a national reputation in credit hire litigation, acting for both Claimant and Defendants from interlocutory applications to appeals. She is particularly requested for matters concerning the hire of replacement fleet or taxi vehicles and replacement prestige vehicles. Helen is a popular court advocate as well as having a thriving advisory and paper practice.

Helen has been invited to speak at national conferences and seminars on credit hire matters.

Helen is also experienced in clinical negligence matters, having been instructed on matters from the advisory stage to multi-track trials.

Her practice covers all aspects of personal injury work, including RTAs, EL/PL, CICA appeals and Animals Act matters.

Helen is known to be a strong advocate, with excellent case preparation and presentation skills.

Personal Injury cases

Bunting v Zurich [2020] EWHC 1807 (QB)

Simone Magee v Joy Angela Willmott [2020] EWHC 1378 (QB)

NM v Bates
Advised, pleaded and achieved settlement in multi track case concerning multiple permanent injuries and ongoing disability following road traffic accident.

George Senior v HWK Contractors
Represented the Claimant in both phases of a split trial relating to a traumatic amputation in an accident at work. Judgment achieved of circa £900,000

Bland v Wear Referrals
Successfully defended veterinary negligence claim relating to the treatment of a dog