Helen Macfarlane


Hesketh Henry

With over 25 years legal experience, Helen is a partner in Hesketh Henry’s litigation and disputes resolution team, focusing on construction and insurance. She read law at Oxford and was admitted as a barrister in London, before moving to New York where she worked as a litigation attorney for 15 years with leading US and international law firm, Shearman & Sterling. Since joining Hesketh Henry in 2007, Helen has developed her practice in the construction sector both in providing front end advice on contract drafting and in addressing issues that arise during the course of a project. Complementing her front end expertise, Helen’s extensive experience in construction disputes, spanning CCA payment claim adjudications to litigation arising out of defective construction, provides her with a comprehensive understanding of what can go wrong on a project. Helen brings an international perspective to her work with US experience that includes representing a major multi-national engineering firm in connection with an international arbitration arising from the construction of a hydro-electric power plant in the Middle East. In recent years, Helen has advised in relation to off-shore IFI funded projects on both contractual and compliance issues, including conducting internal investigations and liaising with / reporting to funders such as the World Bank and JICA. Helen’s significant experience in professional indemnity insurance (including engineers and architects) and commercial property disputes complements her construction practice.