Helen Knott

Called 2002

Practice Overview

Helen practices primarily in Public Law children matters and is experienced in representing local authorities, parents, children and extended family members across the range of issues arising in public law proceedings.

Helen has experience in the Court of Protection representing the parents of vulnerable adults and local authorities.

Practice Areas

Public law

Court of Protection

Forced Marriage & FGM


“Helen is an excellent and organised advocate. She has a great manner with lay clients and a professional and excellent relationship with us as one of her instructing solicitors. We are very sorry that with her move to the Midlands we will have fewer opportunities to instruct Helen but would recommend her wholeheartedly to family law solicitors local to her new chambers.” - Caroline Landes, solicitor at McMillan Williams

"Helen is approachable for both professional and lay clients and instantly instills confidence. She is reliable, thorough and focused.  If there is a positive result to be had, no matter how slim the chance, Helen's diligence, knowledge and outstanding advocacy will achieve this." - Catriona Allen, solicitor at Warrens Family Law

"Helen Knott represented me during a particularly harrowing and complex process resulting in a fact finding in the Nottingham family court concerning the future welfare of my children. From our first meeting she had an ability to immediately instill confidence. Helen maintains a balanced approach to her work, which is professional yet personable, she is easy to talk to which I found particularly helpful. I felt she truly cared and it was obvious that she had put in many hours to understand all aspects of the case and defend me to the best of her abilities. She is able to retain vital information with ease and consistently provided balanced and considered advice. My case resulted in the rehabilitation of my children to my care, no further social care involvement and exoneration from the family courts. I am now rebuilding my life with my children and will always be incredibly grateful for Helen's assistance and would strongly recommend her to anyone seeking a family law barrister."

Reported Cases

Re W (revocation of direct contact) [2012] All ER (D) 193 (Nov) 

LLBC v TG [2007] EWHC 2640 (Fam)

Professional Background

Helen was called to the Bar in 2002, prior to that she was a social worker for 12 years and a trade union officer for 4 years.Helen is adept in designing and delivering training for solicitors, barristers, and social workers.  She recently delivered a seminar on children being deprived of their liberty and led a day’s training for London local authority social workers in court skills later this month.