As well as being a partner and head of our highly successful family team, Helen is one of the most sought after divorce lawyers in the region. Advising on all aspects of divorce and separation, she specialises in complex and high value financial settlements, often involving family businesses and assets held abroad.
Helen is a consummate professional, bringing clarity and efficiency to every case. She is also strongly recommended for her understanding and supportive approach and her ability to help clients move forward.
Helen is recognised as a ‘notable practitioner’ by Chambers and Partners and is a specialist collaborative lawyer.
Helen provides legal advice on high net worth and complex financial cases and representation in divorce proceedings. She also advises on pre and post nuptial agreements, living together agreements and issues involving children of separating couples.
Helen has a particular focus on run-offs, bankers bonuses and capitalising maintenance.
Helen studied at law at Nottingham University and qualified in 1989. She spent her earlier working years in London both in private practice and local government before joining Ottaways (now Debenhams Ottaway) in 2000. Helen became a partner in 2004.
Helen is a member of the:
- advanced tier of the specialist Law Society Family Panel
- Hertfordshire Resolution and of the Hertfordshire Collaborative group (committee member)
Helen has recently been shortlisted for inclusion in the ‘Regional Lawyers’ section of the 2019 edition of the Spears 500 as one of the top private wealth lawyers based outside of London.
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Chambers and Partners 2017
Helen Young is experienced advising on complex and high-value financial cases. One source highlights her collaborative law work and says ‘It’s always good to do cases with her. She takes a very empathetic approach.’
Thank you so much to Helen Young for the professional, efficient and supportive way in which she dealt with my divorce. I am extremely grateful and would recommend anyone in my position to contact Helen.
Chambers and Partners 2016
Helen Young heads the firm’s family team and is noted for her handling of complex financial matters. One source said: She explains legal issues in a very clear way and manages to maintain a human element, which is important when dealing with difficult emotional topics.
Helen was very professional and knowledgeable but also very supportive and understanding.
Thank you for all your help and excellent work over the past few years, guiding me through the minefield of the separation agreement and divorce process. It is a huge relief to of finally completed it all.
Legal 500 2016
Debenhams Ottaway’s practice head Helen Young provides ‘sound, practical advice.’
Mrs P A Smith
I felt secure and happy with the service. Helen and Jackie are so friendly, helpful and they listened to me. Lovely ladies.