Helen Rutherford

Year of call 2010


Practice Summary

Helen accepts instructions in all aspects of commercial, chancery and property work.  In particular Helen is experienced in land disputes (including easements and rights of way, restrictive covenants, proprietary estoppel and ownership of land), sale of goods, construction of contracts and credit agreements. She is also instructed on insolvency matters.

Helen is very experienced in credit hire litigation, for both Claimants and Defendants, and is regularly instructed in both small claim and fast track hearings. She frequently successfully argues issues of misrepresentation and enforceability of contracts.

Helen has a particular interest in animal law, including injuries caused by animals, and a keen interest in equine law (including contracts for sale, professional equine disputes, personal injury and negligent veterinary and farriery treatment). She regularly holds talks in respect of all equine matters, including horse purchase and sale disputes, ownership disputes, veterinary negligence and purchase agreements.

Helen is also instructed to represent parties at mediations.

Notable Cases

  • Advised in conference and represented at mediation in a case concerning the existence and extent of easements, use of land and responsibility for repair over shared access.         
  • Advised on the mis-selling of mortgages by an agent.
  • Advised and drafted reply in a commercial dispute with allegations of abuse of process and issues of guarantees in credit agreements.

Personal Information

Helen is a keen horse rider and regularly competes with her horse Albert. She has also obtained a number of equine qualifications through both the BHS and the ABRS, as well as a certificate in equine nutrition.

She is also an active member of the committee for the UNICEF Leeds Group.

Helen is fluent in Spanish and has an extensive knowledge of the Peruvian justice system. She has also previously been involved in the translation of legal documents.

Helen has also written papers on legal and social issues which were the subject of discussion at international symposiums.