Helen qualified as a criminal defence solicitor in 2006 and is based in the Harrogate office, working alongside Partner Susannah Proctor.
Helen read law at the University of Birmingham and trained at Powell Spencer & Partners in London. She moved to Harrogate in 2010 and has established an excellent following and a particular specialism as a defence solicitor for sexual offences, historic sexual offences and the defence of rape allegations. Helen joined ABR in 2016.
Helen has a long history acting as a defence solicitor for both legally aided and privately funded clients. Helen has also represented professional Trade Union members.
Helen has been a member of the criminal defence duty solicitor scheme since 2007 and gained Higher Rights of Audience in 2012. These qualifications enable Helen to act as both as the defence solicitor and advocate before the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal in criminal cases.
Helen has been mentioned in the legal 500 (an independent guide to the profession) every year since 2012 and has been described as “the very client friendly” Helen Taylor and was noted in 2016 as having “strong Crown Court experience”.
R v B, Old Bailey 2005 – defence of a shaken baby murder allegation. Baby S died from catastrophic injuries, including shaking. Both parents were charged with murder. The mother eventually gave Queen’s Evidence against her husband and pleaded guilty to charges of child cruelty (neglect). She was released immediately upon sentence, having served her sentence already on remand.
R v B, Wolverhampton Crown Court 2007– Helen acted for a teacher charged with voyeurism. He had placed a camcorder in a school toilet and was filming students going to the toilet. Careful preparation and the instruction of a psychiatrist to prepare a report upon the defendant meant that he was sentenced to a 3 year community order, rather than immediate custody.
R v B, Southwark Crown Court 2008 – Helen acted for a US citizen who had been extradited from the US following a cold case review using new DNA techniques, to face charges of indecent assault from 12 years prior.
R v S, Harrow Crown Court 2008 – Helen acted as defence solicitor for a married father charged with conspiracy to rob. It was said that he had been the getaway driver in numerous cash in transit robberies. The defendant maintained that he thought he was just picking up his friends on each occasion. Helen was concerned about his level of understanding and instructed an educational psychologist to assess the defendant. It was found that he had an IQ of just 63 and the jury who acquitted the defendant after a 6 week trial.
R v B, G and F, Teesside Crown Court 2012 – Helen acted as defence solicitor for 3 youth defendants charged with gang rape and remanded in to custody pending trial. The complainant, the defendant and most of the witnesses were either in the care of Social Services or known to them at the time. Due to tenacious defending, including appropriate use of DNA experts, all 3 were acquitted of rape.
R v NM, York Crown Court 2014 – Helen acted as defence solicitor for a young man charged with rape. The complainant had complex issues and required an intermediary to assist him in giving evidence. Helen located and instructed a doctor to refute a key physiological prosecution point and the defendant was acquitted.
R v W, York Crown Court 2015 – Helen acted as defence solicitor and advocate for a 40 year old mother charged with theft from her employer, totalling £16,000. Helen persuaded the Crown Court to impose a custodial sentence of 8 months, suspended for 18 months, rather than impose an immediate custodial sentence.
R v O, Teesside Crown Court 2015 – Helen acted as defence solicitor for two Polish brothers charged with rape, along with their two other brothers. Helen worked with interpreters to take their instructions and through diligent work, both were acquitted after trial.
R v M, Harrogate Magistrates’ Court 2016 – Helen acted as defence solicitor for a defendant who was charged with being dunk in charge, following his attendance at the annual beer festival in Harrogate. Helen was successful in establishing the statutory defence that he had no intention to drive and he did not lose his driving licence.
R v N, York Crown Court 2016 – Helen represented the defendant who was charged with section 18 wounding with the victim being a baby. Helen instructed a leading expert child pathologist from the Sheffield Children’s Hospital to give her professional view on the injuries sustained by the baby. Her report was instrumental in the defendant being acquitted after trial.
“Helen Taylor is an exceptionally professional and knowledgeable solicitor who I would not hesitate to recommend.”
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