Areas of law:
Advisory & Consultancy Work, Appeals Against Conviction and Sentence, Assault and Offences Against the Person, Civil Asset Recovery and Forfeiture, Drug Trafficking and Other Drug Offences, Firearm Offences, Fraud and Financial Crime, Homicide, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Inquests, Internet Law and Computer Crime, Military Law, Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and Confiscation, Motoring Offences, Private Prosecutions, Regulatory Law, Robbery, Burglary, Theft and Handling, Sexual Offence Solicitors
Helen is a Barrister based at Chambers’ Milton Keynes Office. Helen joined Reeds in 2016 from Blaser Mills LLP and has practiced exclusively in criminal law since her qualification in 2002, amassing an enormous amount of knowledge and experience of criminal defence work as a duty solicitor since. She attained her Higher Rights of Audience in 2009 and in October 2019, was called to the Bar. Helen now almost exclusively, represents clients facing serious allegations involving drugs, violence and sexual offences, in the Crown Court.
Her immediately personable manner puts even the most anxious of clients at ease, and as such she excels in representing clients who have little or no experience of criminal Courts. She is passionate about her cases and works tirelessly to defend her client’s interests, both through her confident advocacy in Court and her meticulous case preparation outside Court – something which is frequently commented upon by the Judges she appears before.
Helen is a specialist in dealing with young or otherwise vulnerable clients, and particularly those suffering from mental health problems. She is able to explain the issues in their case and the law in a clear and concise manner, which helps in building a rapport with them, at the same time as ensuring that their interests in court are always presented both vigorously and eloquently.
In accordance with the Solicitors’ Regulatory Transparency Rules for motoring offences we confirm that Helen Chenery charges Level B hourly rates.
R v Z  Guildford Crown Court – successful appeal against sentence imposed by lower court, for offences of breaching numerous food hygiene regulations. New sentence was based on sentencing guidelines which had only just come into force.
R v M  Court of Appeal - successful appeal against sentence quashing a prohibited activity requirement, which would have prevented the appellant from attending any prison where her partner was housed.
R v I 2017 Luton Crown Court – Led Junior in successful defence of young man charged with others in relation to firearms offences. Part of Operation Kruse which involved multiple prosecutions over a lengthy period.
R v K 2018 Aylesbury Crown Court – successful submission of no case to answer following serious disclosure failings by the Crown.
R v C 2018 : St Albans Crown Court - Led by QC in multi-handed case where client and others charged with murder and wounding with intent. Client acquitted of murder.
R v T 2021: Luton Crown Court – Led Junior in successful defence of client charged with attempted murder and wounding with intent. Client acquitted of all charges
R v S 2021Court of Appeal – successful appeal against sentence imposed at Aylesbury Crown Court. Sentence reduced from 48 weeks to 6 months imprisonment