Helen is the firm’s Board Chair.
Prior to being appointed as Board Chair in 2021, Helen headed up the Litigation Department for 6 years.
Helen has over 20 years experience of giving specialist property dispute related advice, having qualified in 1998. 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 a 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. She is also a member of The Property Litigation Association.
Chambers 2022 - Real Estate Litigation
Helen Bell has significant experience in landlord and tenant matters, including dilapidation claims and forfeiture and possession proceedings. She also advises on adverse possession matters and access disputes.
"She is very collaborative, knowledgeable and has a very strategic approach to cases."
February 2022 - Lawyer in the News - Helen Bell
Why is she in the news? Won a breakthrough case enabling a group of holiday home leaseholders to apply to purchase the freehold of their properties by proving that the properties could be defined as ‘houses’ under law.
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