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Helen Greenfield


Helen has been specialising in family law for over 10 years and advises on all matters relating to family breakdown, divorce and cohabitation.

She has a particular interest in helping those who have been affected by domestic abuse. This can include anything from isolating a person from their friends and family, monitoring their time, taking control over aspects of their everyday life such as where they can go, who they can see, what to wear, their finances or when they can sleep to threats to hurt to kill or even physical assault. Helen recognises that the legal implications of this are accompanied by a plethora of emotional and other issues and aims to ensure that clients are able to work through them with the right advice and support.

Helen is based in both Brighton & London and can see clients wherever is most convenient.

Helen’s aim is to ensure the situation people face, as a result of their relationship breakdown, is made as easy as it can be. She works with clients to deal with their problems in a constructive manner so the client, any children and everyone else involved can move forward positively.

“To help clients achieve the best outcome possible, I provide them with clear options and advice on how to work through their difficulties and make the right decision for themselves and all those involved”.

Helen is recognised for her calm and compassionate approach. She is named as a Next Generation Lawyer and is recommended for family law by the leading legal directory, Legal 500 UK 2020 which comments: “Helen Greenfield provides great practical and emotional support and has phenomenal insight into her cases‘”. The 2017 edition noted her “great client-handling skills and a great beside manner. She is particularly good on children issues.” She “is able to resolve things amicably between the parties.” The Legal 500 UK 2016 also recommended Helen for family mediation work, noting that she “gets things done“ and “provides great practical and emotional support and has phenomenal insight into her cases”. Helen was named winner in the Lawyer Monthly Magazine Women in Law Awards 2019 and is named in the Citywealth Leaders List.

What Helen’s clients say:

“Helen was excellent – professional, level headed and empathetic”

“I am very proud to have had you represent me”

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation for everything you did for me. From beginning to end you impressed me with your compassion, flexibility, integrity, professionalism and resilience”

“Especially thanks to Helen … she displayed assurance, empathy, calmness and support for me”

“…the sincerity and compassion in your responses has been exemplary”

“…you were brilliant!”

Thank you for the time you have taken to listen to my concerns and also reassure me that an end would be reached, even though it seemed impossible at times”

“Many thanks for all of your efforts, mentorship and support….you have been so professional and helpful”

Representative matters:

  • Helen acted for a mother with a young child and assisted her to work through the issues she had with the father to ensure they could safely continue their co-parenting relationship after an abusive relationship and a difficult separation.
  • She also worked with a father to resolve his financial issues whilst ensuring his relationship with his son remained intact.  As part of this, the volatile relationship he had with the mother needed to be recognised and Helen had to ensure that any safety issues needed to be at the forefront of any decisions.
  • Helen was part of the legal team in Golubovich v Golubovich [2010] EWCA Civ 810, an important case regarding the recognition of foreign divorce decrees by the English Courts.
  • Helen also advised on the case of Divall v Divall [2014] EWHC 95 FAM concerning which European court should decide a couple’s divorce.

Take a look at Helen’s recent articles:

Helen has written a series of four articles on when and how children’s views should be taken into account in decisions about family breakdown. Read the articles “The Muffled Voice of the Child” here: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3 and Article 4.

Protecting Victims of Domestic Abuse in the Family Courts

The voice of the child: during family breakdown and beyond

Domestic Violence, Divorce and Children

Domestic Abuse & Children: Revised Practice Direction 12J

Tackling Domestic Violence – the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill

One step back for no fault divorce?

What Helen Archer could have done instead

“Helen Archer” law must not forget alleged abusers

International Same Sex Marriage and Adoption

Helen is a qualified collaborative lawyer and a trained mediator. She is a member of Resolution and sits on the board of the Personal Support Unit which provides pro bono support to litigants in person.

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