Helen Pugh

Helen specialises in professional negligence, general commercial disputes, travel law, and also has considerable experience of company & insolvency disputes.

She is a confident advocate and an able negotiator in mediations, settlement meetings and in other ADR settings.

Professional negligence: Helen regularly acts for and against professionals in negligence actions including for/against firms of solicitors, surveyors and valuers, insurance and other brokers or intermediaries, and accountants. Helen is ranked in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners in professional negligence.

Recent significant cases include:

• a commercial court trial against a city law firm arising out of tax advice Symrise AG v Baker & McKenzie (led by William Godwin) ,
• a claim against conveyancing solicitors arising out of a planning permission defect,
• a claim against a surveyor for failing to appreciate a risk specific to property in the relevant locality.

General commercial disputes: Helen acts in a wide range of commercial disputes including those involving services contracts, sale and supply of goods contracts, agency disputes, and insurance policy disputes. She has a particular interest in restitutionary claims and jurisdictional/conflict of laws issues.

Recent significant cases include an arbitration concerning the supply of sugar in South America.

Company & insolvency: Her practice includes civil fraud, actions against directors, and shareholder disputes. She was instructed in the leading Supreme Court case on de facto director: Holland v HMRC (led byPeter Knox QC). Recent cases have included directors’ disqualification proceedings, misfeasance claims and claims for injunctions.

Linked to her interest in jurisdictional/conflict of laws issue generally, Helen has extensive experience of claims arising out of accidents occurring abroad. She frequently advises on jurisdictional questions, foreign law and standards, upon package travel claims and upon liability under the Athens and Montreal conventions. Recent cases have included a fatal accident act claim arising out of quad-biking accident abroad, a claim by secondary victims witnessing a sexual assault whilst on holiday, and a multiparty action against a cruise operator. Helen is ranked in Chambers and Partners in Travel: International Personal Injury.

Before joining the Bar, Helen spent a year studying in Germany. She subsequently taught commercial contract law at the LSE.

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