Helen Rutherford

Call 2010


“A first-rate advocate.”

The Legal 500 2020
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Personal Injury: Defence

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. She is experienced in defending allegations of veterinary negligence in cases involving all types of veterinary practices (small animal, large animal, equine, referral etc).

Helen has also represented Defendants in cases concerning the alleged mis-selling of equine competition prospects, and claims for personal injury and property damage brought under the Animals Act 1971. She is frequently instructed to defend owners in cases of animals alleged to have caused injury (such as dog bites, trampling by cows, horse kicks etc).

She has built a national reputation in credit hire litigation. She was instructed for the Defendants on a series of cases concerning the hire of replacement vehicles by companies, for the benefit of their employees, culminating in several test cases in different regional courts.

Helen is instructed on behalf of the Defendants in cases involving Noise Induced Hearing Loss, including applications under the Limitation Act and trials.

She is instructed on matters requiring meticulous preparation and cross examination, including matters concerning allegations of fundamental dishonesty, LVI/causation and phantom passenger concerns.

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