Helen is the Head of the Litigation department with over 20 years' experience of giving specialist property dispute related advice. She is based in our Brighton office and her clients include trusts, developers, commercial landlords and tenants, property managing agents and the private individual.
The range of disputes that Helen advises on is extensive; they include, for example, complex dilapidation cases for both the landlord and the tenant, lease renewals, rent & service charge recovery, forfeiture, boundary disputes, claims for rights of way or interference with these rights, other breaches of covenant and modification, adverse possession claims, co ownership disputes relating to the beneficial interest, obtaining an order for sale where one owner objects and general landlord and tenant disputes. In addition, Helen deals with all nature of possession actions whether the occupier is a tenant, licensee or a trespasser and professional negligence claims where there is a property angle such as those against architects.
Helen is frequently commended by her clients for her clarity of advice, professional approach and the ability to focus on their desired outcome. Her approach is underpinned by the knowledge that all clients desire the best possible outcome but balanced with commercial focus. In this regard Helen has been a qualified commercial mediator since 2004 and is therefore well placed to advise when mediation may be appropriate. Helen is a member of The Academy of Experts, The Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and The Property Litigation Association.
As a registered international charity, we have had several occasions recently where we required expert legal services. Solicitors, Mayo Wynne Baxter were highly recommended to us for both their levels of service and value. Having now had the pleasure of using MWB, we were not disappointed and indeed have been absolutely delighted with the professional and caring service we have received from both Helen Bell (Litigation) and Hamed Ovaisi (Commercial Letting). Their understanding, sensitivity to our predicaments and ultimately their levels of expertise were outstanding; which in both cases transpired to be absolutely instrumental in delivering a successful outcome for us. We cannot recommend them highly enough and will not hesitate to use them again in the future.
Bob Hurcomb – Treasurer, White Eagle Lodge, South East Region Michaela Hurcomb – Leader, White Eagle Lodge, South East R
I am just writing to thank you and your team for an outstanding service in relation to my case, all of which has been carried out in a very professional manner with in my opinion an excellent result.
I must say that I have been delighted with your service in relation to this matter and in particular the way you have represented us with your 'no nonsense attitude'. Whilst you were always honest with me in relation to any potential outcome, this still did not change your approach which I think was one of the catalysts for this successful outcome.
Helen Bell, partner at Mayo Wynne Baxter, in 2010 and this year acted for us on a boundary dispute started by a wealthy neighbour. Previously we had taken advice from lawyers appointed by our insurers, who had been unable to suggest a suitable defence. Mrs Bell immediately provided a watertight legal defence, thereby avoiding a costly court case. Not only did she do this but she also negotiated successfully with our tardy and reluctant insurers so that most of the costs were claimed on our policy. I have no hesitation in recommending her for work in this field of litigation.
Chris & Anne - Mayfield
We have used Mayo Wynne Baxter as our corporate lawyers for some years and have always found Helen one of the easiest and most professional of the partners to deal with. We recently had a commercial property issue which could have quickly escalated into litigation were it not for Helen's pragmatic, firm and fair approach to all parties resulting in the outcome we were seeking without the time, hassle and expense of going through the courts.
Chris Rasmussen - Director of Itmsoil Holdings Limited
Just to say thank you so much for your brilliant work on our behalf. We were delighted to get the news yesterday as the energy and cost we would have had to expend to continue with our case was something we were not looking forward to. To state the blindingly obvious, we could not have done this without you, so once more, our huge gratitude and appreciation.
Gaby Weiner and David Hamilton