Helen Brooks

Partner | London (City)

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With over 25 years’ experience, Helen is an established employment litigator and adviser working with both employers and employees. She advises on all aspects of employment law and HR strategy.

Helen is an experienced London based employment lawyer and tribunal litigator advising corporate clients and senior executives across the UK and internationally. 

Prior to joining Doyle Clayton in 2015, Helen was a longstanding partner at Charles Russell LLP working with many of the firm's top clients and also spending time on secondment to multi-nationals. Having trained as a High Court litigation specialist, high profile clients she has represented include Sir Richard Branson (working alongside George Carman QC) and Sir Roger Moore. 

With an established reputation for advising corporates, her clients include global corporations, international private banks and digital merchant banks, family businesses, start-ups and PLCs - particularly in the financial services and technology sectors. She also advises overseas governments and London based foreign consular missions as well as board directors/senior executives.

What people say about Helen 

"Helen Brooks projects a calm assurance, a mastery of subject matter, and a focus and sense of purpose that emboldens our sense of purpose. Her authoritative presence and consummate ease in establishing the true essence of the matter at hand, truly makes a difference in our ability to address even the most challenging and complex of employment law conundrums".

The Legal 500

Helen Brooks is really good – she provides clear advice that is straight to the point".

The Legal 500 

Helen Brooks is thoughtful, thorough and sound in her approach, and is completely trusted for Tribunal and advisory matters".

The Legal 500 

Helen is a consummate professional in these matters. The way she approaches the case, the quality of her correspondence and the obvious thought, experience and commercial expertise that drives her advice is incredibly impressive. I feel that we’re very fortunate to be in such good hands!”.


Thanks again for all your help last week and over the weekend. We would never have gotten this over the line without you. That’s a true partnership".


Recent work includes 

  • Being retained by overseas governments to advise on employment law issues arising in relation to locally employed staff engaged at their London based foreign consular missions. This includes the provision of general ad hoc advice to one foreign state as well as representing another in connection with a civil claim brought under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in the County Court
  • Advising a global management and technology consultancy dedicated to the financial services industry on enforcement of post termination restrictions
  • Representing a leading digital merchant bank on the successful defence of a whistle-blower claim brought in the Employment Tribunal and County Court proceedings issued to secure the recovery of loan payments made to a departing director
  • Advising a US based company specialising in premium TV and film financing, development and sales on employment law issues arising in their UK operations.
  • Representing a luxury designer clothing company in a Tribunal claim for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal brought by a UK employee, resulting in a very successful outcome for the client and a withdrawal of the claim
  • Advising a well-established UK express delivery company in connection with claims brought in the Employment Tribunal concerning the employment status of delivery drivers resulting in the withdrawal of the claims

Helen’s recent individual clients include members of the Senior Leadership team at a non-governmental organisation focused on global human rights issues, the CEOs of major Plcs and senior executives employed at one of the UK’s top auction houses.

Events and publications 

Helen is seasoned speaker at both internal and external events and she has spoken at conferences hosted by ELA and the Law Society. She has written for various publications including ELA Briefing, New Law Journal, Workplace Law, Solicitors’ Journal and Law Society Gazette. 

Experience and qualifications 

  • Qualified in 1996
  • Specialist in Employment Law since 1999

Education and professional memberships 

  • LLB Honours, English and French Law
  • Diplôme d’études juridiques françaises  – Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg
  • Employment Lawyers Association


  • English
  • French

Areas of expertise 

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