Helen is experienced in all aspects of professional negligence on behalf of accountants, surveyors, solicitors, brokers and financial intermediaries and has spoken on the subject of PI cover for the new professions.
Coverage advice and claims involving dishonesty are part of her regular case load. She also has experience defending local education authorities and schools in contractual and negligence claims.
Helen deals with title indemnity claims for a variety of insurers on a regular basis, and sees this as a natural extension of her insurance practice. Helen has a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution techniques.
"Peers agree that she is "outstanding in professional negligence." Commentators add: "It goes without saying: she is brilliant to work with, perfectly charming, and knows everything." Chambers and Partners UK 2014 Edition, Professional Negligence, South West
"Helen Staines has an excellent reputation and is respected for her collaborative approach. She has built a strong practice handling claims against a range of professionals." Chambers and Partners UK 2013 Edition, Professional Negligence, Bristol and surrounds
"Helen Staines has over 20 years’ experience defending solicitors surveyors and accountants." Professional Negligence Bristol Legal 500 UK 2012