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Farrer & Co | Helen Sculthorpe, Counsel

Practice areas

  • Property

Helen is a property expert with broad experience in residential transactions (both freehold and leasehold), and rural property matters. She has a keen eye for detail, an ability to cut through complexity and a personal touch.

Helen focuses on residential sales and purchases, but she also advises on secured lending, rural land transactions, leasehold reform and advising families on property matters arising from tax planning.

Helen acts principally for private individuals, often with offshore interests, and for offshore companies. 

In recent years she has found some complex sales and purchases for clients requiring guidance through difficult areas of law, and transactions conducted at a fast pace, to be the most personally rewarding work she has done.

Helen’s colleagues and others describe her as thoughtful and careful and she likes to give guidance where required according to the needs of the client.

Helen enjoys the Farrer & Co culture and working environment because of the excellent spread and depth of skills across the firm and the concentration of highly experienced people who are prepared to step in. She believes the firm can readily provide all the expertise most clients are ever likely to require.

  • Some of Helen’s most significant achievements in recent years include:

    • Managing an enfranchisement case arising under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 in relation to a disputed valuation of a freehold house. The resulting decision of the Upper Tribunal gave rise to a series of further cases challenging valuation practices across the sector, and
    • Dealing with the sale in parts of a significant rural estate in the south west, involving a sizeable first registration application, some unusual planning issues, landlord and tenant considerations and a complex series of conditional contracts involving phased sales. This required liaising closely with the land agent as negotiations progressed and implementing all stages, leading to completion.
  • Helen speaks German and French.

    Helen has written occasionally for professional journals and The Sunday Times.

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