Head of BH&O Legal Matrimonial Team
Helen Bishop is a consultant solicitor having qualified in 1999. She studied law at Southampton University and then went on to Guildford College of Law to obtain her professional qualifications. She completed her training at a leading south coast firm in Southampton in 1999 where she continued to work for in the family department until 2003, when she relocated to Berkshire.
Helen practises exclusively in family law and is experienced in divorce, financial settlements, Private Children Act matters, cohabitation disputes and pre-nuptial agreements. She has particular interest in the resolution of financial matters, and has wide experience with cases ranging from modest assets to those of more complexity and higher value, including nuptial settlements and high value pensions.
Helen acts for client’s both in the local area and further afield and many of her cases come from personal referrals.
Helen is a member of Resolution and firmly believes that cases can be dealt with through constructive negotiation.
Helen was a governor for 8 years at primary school in Hampshire, four of which she was the Chair of Governors and she is passionate about children’s welfare. Her experience as a governor and the education system lends itself to her work when dealing with cases involving children.
Throughout her career Helen has been involved in domestic abuse cases, and she was one of the founding trustees of “Flag DV” which is a local charity to provide free legal advice to individuals suffering from domestic abuse.
Helen is the author of “Jack” which is an illustrated fiction book to help children deal with the issues that arise as a result of parental separation. Helen has also written articles for Resolution and ‘wikivorce’ and has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss the impact of divorce and separation on Children and the impact of the Children and Families Act 2014. Helen has also featured on BBC Radio Berkshire to discuss her book.
Helen is married and has two teenage children, and when she is not working she enjoys swimming, gardening and travel.
“Most people will resort to the law and legal advice in times of crisis. Divorce is no different and to the average person its an unknown entity. Helen’s support over the past 18 months has been simply amazing. So Knowledgeable and always there with advice and guidance on the process as well as setting expectations on time scales even if they appeared excessive and never ending. Helen was able to explain all the forms and to reassure me when the court even asked for clarifying questions. I have finally survived the process and I would have no hesitation in recommending Helen as an experienced pair of hands to guide you through the Divorce process.”
“Helen has been helping me with a less than typical situation. Her expertise and attention to detail is exceptional. I have worked with other solicitors in the past, and Helen is by far the best I have ever worked with. I would not hesitate in recommending Helen in the future. Thank you Helen!” AF – client
“Helen and counsel were both brilliant. They are wonderful ladies and I am so grateful for all your help and advice. You have a wonderful firm there and work with compassion and professionalism.
I honestly couldn’t have done this without you all. It’s a scary process and you all made it easier and treated me with kindness and compassion when I needed it most. You should be proud of the integrity and honesty that you and your company work by. It’s rare to find these days. I felt like you were on my side and not just because I was a client but because you believed in me and knew that I deserved to see my children. I didn’t feel like a number or “just another job”. You all cared and that’s so important. I would recommend you to anyone.” LE – client
“I had quite a complex situation involving a jointly own house with an ex partner from ten years ago. After speaking with numerous other solicitors over the years who were not filling me with much hope, Helen Bishop was a breath of fresh air. She took time to understand and was very empathetic with my situation. Helen made me feel there were other options available to me, options that could go in my favour. I’m thrilled to say the final outcome was so much better than I ever could expected and this is all thanks to her determination and hardwork. Helen is thorough (even noticing things that previous solicitors had missed), responsive, thoughtful. If the odds aren’t looking good on paper, you certainly want Helen fighting your corner! She is an extremely talented solicitor and I would have no hesitation recommending her to anyone. Thank you so much Helen and the team!” AF – client
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