Helen has 26 years’ experience in employment law advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues. Her clients include large city corporations and banks as well as executives such as CEOs, board directors, heads of film studios and television producers. Helen’s particular area of expertise is in acting for individuals in the negotiation of their new employment contracts and in terminations as well as in issues of discrimination and harassment. Over the years, she has carved a real niche/reputation in the media and social media space and counts many senior executives and board directors amongst her impressive client base. Helen has also acted against Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company for over 5 years on behalf of employees both here and in the US.
There is no more dedicated and skilled lawyer than Helen Sherborne. She perfectly balances rigorous professional advice with personal sensitivity. She combines a keen eye for detail, an acuity of judgment and a strategic sense of how to approach a case, with a deep personal and human commitment to her client. I would recommend her unreservedly.
My experience with Helen has always been first-rate. She has a unique ability to connect with and understand the needs of her client – personable, clear, firm. A great advisor and can navigate the situation clearly and act effectively and efficiently. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Robert Walak, President
I cannot fault the service I received from Helen. She was always available, no matter what the time of day or the country she was in (or if she was on holiday, which I strongly objected to, but she would always insist!) and I always felt in safe hands. She took the time to explain every step of the process ahead, thinking of creatively smart, different strategies and I never once felt I was in anything but the safest and most capable of hands. The end result was the icing on the cake - so much better than I had thought possible at the start of our working together. Helen is, in short, a lifesaver. I will be forever grateful.
Helen acted as my legal counsel for 18 months - not only is she a wonderfully skilled lawyer but also a wonderful human being, providing me with the support to have the courage and fortitude to see my situation through to completion. Helen made herself available night and day and guided me through the complexities of employment law with with clear, concise, calm guidance, giving me every confidence to keep going. Her tenacity combined with her intuitive negotiating skills proved a powerful combination coupled with her ability to almost telepathically understand my concerns and alleviate any fears immediately. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend Helen - Carlsberg don’t do lawyers but if they did Helen Sherborne would be the best lawyer in the world...probably.
I truly cannot thank you enough for the support, guidance, reassurance and education that you have given me over the last month. When I first picked up the phone to you I had absolutely no idea what lay ahead, and looking back there is no way that I could have navigated this without you.
Helen took the time up front to ask the right questions, understand the situation and listen to what my objectives were - not just a financial settlement - that was important and set the tone for a good process where I was able to work with Helen on getting these objectives achieved. Flexibility was key (which Helen was) - given this was the second time I was going through a process of this nature I needed a different level of assistance than if I was going through it for the first time - Helen understood this early on and flexed her approach which is commendable - others may have taken a 'one size fits all' approach. Helen made many suggestions as we went through the process that contributed to a better result. Work ethic and application all to be commended. Most importantly though Helen was 'easy' to have a conversation with - the human element often gets lost in these processes and management of what a person is 'feeling' is all important - how someone makes you feel is in many ways more important that the legal result'
Helen provided outstanding legal advice to me over a considerable period of time. She gently guided my decisions and simplified seemingly complex options. I was always astonished at how hard she worked and her almost 24/7 availability, and her constant updates. She managed to make me feel that I was her only client ( when clearly this was not the case), that she was acting in my best interests an that she cared. She is a skilled and tenacious negotiator and it has been my pleasure to recommend her services to other people, all of whom have been equally as delighted with their experiences in engaging her services.
Head of Department at the BBC and award winning journalist
- Directors’ disputes
- Discrimination claims including disability, age, sex, maternity, stress & bullying
- Employment Tribunal claims
- Redundancy, restructuring and outsourcing including TUPE claims
- Unfair and wrongful dismissal
- Disciplinary, dismissal and grievance processes
- Drafting and advising on settlement agreements
- Drafting executive service, consultancy and fixed term and permanent contracts of employment, staff handbooks and sickness policies
- Employee monitoring and data protection issues
- Employer and employee training days and sessions
- Flexible working and statutory leave requests
- Redundancy procedures and consultations
Recognised by The Legal 500 for Employment: Senior Executives (2021-2024)
Top recommended by Spear’s 500 2023 for Employment
Helen qualified as a solicitor in 1994. Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2009, she worked at Herbert Smith.