Education & Career
Helen graduated from Liverpool John Moores and was admitted in 1990. Helen says:
My Father’s sense of seeking to ensure fairness & justice for all & to help others wherever possible inspired me to start a career in law.
Helen joined Potter Rees Dolan in 1999, then Hugh Potter & Company. Having previously represented Nurses, Firefighters and Engineers, Helen has particular experience of dealing with work-related claims involving spinal cord injury and head injuries. She also has extensive experience of dealing with motorcycle accidents, being a motorcyclist herself.
Helen has previously carried out a great deal of voluntary work for Victim Support and has a wealth of experience in dealing with CICA claims, any subsequent Appeals. She has also represented family members at a number of Inquests. Helen says:
The most special thing about my job is the privilege of being able to help make a real difference to clients lives post injury. I am regularly inspired by the sheer drive & determination of many of my clients to overcome their difficulties. An added bonus, is that many clients keep in touch, which means a great deal.
Helen received instructions to act on behalf of a young man who suffered catastrophic injuries - including a severe spinal cord injury - during the course of his employment, whilst operating a cherry picker. Despite the case remaining fully defended throughout, Helen & specialist Counsel, Darryl Allen QC managed to negotiate settlement of his claim in the gross sum of £9,425,000. Read the full case study here.
Professional memberships & accreditations
Fellow/Chartered Legal Executive, Fellow Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Secretary of Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) Merseyside Group, Secretary of Headway South Cumbria and Associate Member of Cumbria Neurological Alliance. Helen is also recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers Guides.
Outside of work...
Helen enjoys watching motorcycle racing (being a proud owner of a BSAB31 Gold Star Replica herself!), helping out at local farms, attending local sheepdog trials, watching live bands, singing, walking & watching wildlife in Cumbria. Helen is also fluent in British Sign Language.
Helen's Latest Blogs
Helen Shaw was very good in the way she handled the case, keeping me informed on how things were going and always ready to answer any questions I had and putting my mind at ease. She worked hard to get the best possible result for me.
Mrs D, Lancashire
I was very lucky to have Helen Shaw looking after me, what a lovely person. Always helpful and calming.
Read the case study here: Motorcyclist suffered bone and spinal injuries after car crash
Mr M, Cumbria
I found the service provided to be exceptional at all times. I would recommend other people to use this service at any time. 10 out of 10!
John Sleet, Salisbury
Now that our claims are more or less completed, we just wanted to thank you for being that beautiful calm voice on the end of the phone. Thank you for all your hard work. God bless.
Mr and Mrs M, Cumbria
You surpassed all my expectations. Friendly, helpful, informative, professional and courteous. I am so glad I chose such a wonderful company to represent me.
Mrs Lacy, Bolton
Helen Shaw and her team are the best - always kept me updated with the progress of my case. Even when I was unsure, she would take the time out to explain everything to me. Thank you Helen and all your team, you've helped me through the last three and a half years. You can't improve on perfection.
Neil McAdams, Manchester
Helen Shaw's demeanor is incredibly welcoming and warm but you know that underneath she has the knowledge, expertise and the drive to do her very best to get as much as she can from the case. She is extremely professional and hardworking and it helps that everyone that she met whilst taking statements said that she was incredible. She has totally challenged the stereotype of a lawyer. I have had a traumatic brain injury and Helen's knowledge and understanding through her experience with Headway has been invaluable. She always explained things in a way I could understand because of the complications of my recovery. Thank you!
John Beaumont, Cumbria