Chambers & Partners
Helen Galley is particularly noted for her work on trusts within a broader traditional chancery practice. She is also experienced in cases with real property aspects. Strengths: “A very practical, no-nonsense barrister who is always on top of the material.” (2022)
Helen Galley advises clients on trusts matters and is also known for her expertise in real property matters. A source describes her as “very detail-oriented.” (2021 – High Net Worth)
Helen Galley frequently handles complex trusts matters and disputes arising from estate administrations, and is also notable for her property litigation expertise. “Property crossover is a real strength,” comments one source, who continues: “She’s a very practical lawyer who cuts straight to the issues.” Another interviewee says that “she’s very good when it comes to advising on ambiguous clauses in wills and trusts.” (2021)
‘She is the eyes and ears of her silks, and performed exceptionally well in a very difficult case. She’s very efficient, and an absolute delight to work with’, says one source. Others comment on her approach, saying: ‘She’s very client-friendly; she was absolutely excellent at maintaining a stance where we could all work together’. (2020 – High Net Worth)
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Chambers & Partners
Helen Galley is a seasoned senior junior with a robust practice that covers both general chancery law and partnership law. She is notable for her expertise in property development and farming partnership disputes. Galley also provides advice on partnership dissolution. Strengths: “Client-friendly, focused and extremely good at cutting through the complexities of a case. She’s straight-talking and a delight to work with on complex claims.” (2022)
Strengths: “A real grafter who turns papers round quickly.” “In court she stands firm and sticks to her guns.” (2021)
‘Determined and knowledgeable’ (2022)
‘Approaches cases very sympathetically, but also in a pragmatic and no-nonsense way.’ (2021)
‘She is exceptional.’ (2021)
‘She has an abundance of common sense, gets on well with her clients, is forthright and is speedy with her written work.’ (2021)
Private Client: Trusts & Probate
‘Helen is very knowledgeable, calm and exceptionally good with clients. She is a very good advocate and will represent the client’s best interests at all times but will not shy away from giving the client firm and sometimes unwelcome advice.’ (2022)
‘Straight to the point, very good with clients, fast turnaround with work.’ (2021)
Helen is recommended in Legal 500 2020 for partnership, private client (trusts and probate) and professional negligence. Helen is described as ‘extremely knowledgeable in cross-jurisdiction and trust work’. Clients say she is ‘exceptional’ and ‘approaches cases very sympathetically, but also in a pragmatic and no-nonsense way’.
Helen is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2020 in Partnership and Chancery. Clients mention that ‘She’s very efficient, and an absolute delight to work with’. ‘She’s very client-friendly; she was absolutely excellent at maintaining a stance where we could all work together’. Instructing solicitors commented that Helen ‘Adopts a client-friendly approach and displays great attention to detail in all she does’.
She was previously recommended in the Citywealth Leaders List as a Prominent Trusts Barrister: ‘Helen Galley combines her considerable inset with a personable style to ensure that litigation is conducted efficiently and with reliable speed. She has a vast knowledge of property and trust law, providing expertise and detailed analysis in the most complex of cases‘.