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Helen Mortlock, Legal Director

Helen Mortlock

Legal Director

Practice areas

  • Education
  • Employment law
  • Employment litigation and dispute resolution
  • HR Consultancy

Practice notes

Helen is a Legal Director in our Education Employment Group. She has spent the last 25 years of her career advising and assisting clients in the higher and further education sectors.

Helen qualified in 1993 and has been an employment litigator for most of her career. She therefore has many years' experience and has acted for a variety of clients in ET cases, spanning the whole breadth of employment law but especially in the key areas of unfair dismissal, breach of contract, unlawful discrimination and whistleblowing. A recent highlights of Helen's career has been the successful defence for a university of seven counts of alleged unlawful conduct, including unfair dismissal, and sex, race and disability discrimination in the ET.

Helen’s interests in the higher education sector have diversified into many areas and she now has a thriving practice in advising and assisting medical schools in relation to clinical academics, particularly in matters affecting their appointment, and in the resolution of disputes.

Helen also has a growing interest and practice in academic freedom and freedom of speech, and the often delicate intersection between these areas and the unlawful harassment of minority interests and groups.

Helen has been named in Legal 500 as being "highly recommended by clients for her work with higher education institutions". She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

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