Helen Peden is now in the second six of her pupillage with Garden Court North, which began in October 2023, under the supervision of Vijay Jagadesham and Lucy Mair.

Prior to pupillage, Helen worked for NGOs within the refugee sector, including the British Red Cross and the Refugee Council. She is experienced in working with young and vulnerable asylum seekers, having spent three years as a Children’s Adviser at the Refugee Council. In this role, she supported unaccompanied minors through asylum appeals, age assessments, and judicial review proceedings. Helen also coordinated the International Family Tracing Service at the British Red Cross for the Greater Manchester area and has volunteered as a family reunion caseworker with a grassroots NGO in Greece.

Before the Bar Course, Helen worked as a civil litigation paralegal at two national law firms.

Helen studied law at the University of Bristol, where she was a team leader at the Human Rights Implementation Centre and a caseworker at Innocence Network UK. During her year abroad in Helsinki, she represented Finland at the Jessup Moot Cup international rounds in Washington D.C.

Helen’s achievements include the Bruno Simma Prize for top performance in her LLM class, a Queen Mother Scholarship from the Middle Temple, and the ICLR Pupillage Award for 2023.


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