2016, Middle Temple
Bar Professional Training Course, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016 (Outstanding)
Graduate Diploma in Law, City University, 2015
BA (Hons) English, University of Wales, Swansea, 2003
Helen Longworth joined Chambers following a pupillage under the supervision of Vanessa Thomson. She is regularly instructed by defence solicitors and the Crown Prosecution Service and has been instructed in trials in the Crown Court, Newton hearings, plea and trial preparation hearings, appeals to the Crown Court, on fitness to plead matters, and in applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. She also has a developing practice in road traffic matters, including arguments against disqualification in the Magistrates Courts. She is diligent and proactive and has successfully dealt with work in fraud matters, sexual offences, theft and burglary and offences against the person.
As a pupil, Miss Longworth has also spent time preparing and attending inquests, working with families and with institutions.
Before coming to the Bar, Miss Longworth had a successful career in the charity sector. She ran national campaigns on issues such as welfare rights, prison reform and education. This has given her significant experience of working with people from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly young people. As a volunteer, Miss Longworth has conducted choirs, was a trustee for a charity dealing with parental working rights, and spent a year as a youth development adviser in The Gambia with Voluntary Service Overseas.
Miss Longworth has a passionate commitment to her legal career and those she works with. During her BPTC year Miss Longworth was awarded a prize for her outstanding contribution to the course. She was also the Middle Temple student representative on circuit, arranging a qualifying session for Bar students with the Rt Hon Sir Christopher Rose QC.
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