Helen Childs

Lead Asbestos Disease Solicitor

Helen Childs partner at Royds Withy King

Helen is a partner with Royds Withy King and head of the Industrial Disease Team across London, Oxford and Bath where we have a team of dedicated solicitors who represent claimants with asbestos related illnesses.

She is a dedicated specialist industrial disease lawyer who represents claimants exposed to asbestos in a wide variety of ways, including occupationally, environmentally, in schools and hospitals and secondary exposure from family members work clothes.

She is recognised as a Leading Lawyer by the Legal 500 – where she is described as “an exceptional partner” with “a huge capacity for work - an unerring willingness to fight for her clients and an excellent knowledge of asbestos litigation. A pleasure to work with.”
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (www.APIL.org) have also recently accredited her as an Asbestos and Industrial Disease specialist.

Helen has been acknowledged by The Chambers Legal Directory as one of the UKs top lawyers in the prestigious “Claimant - Industrial Disease - UK wide”. A spokes-person for The Chambers commented: “Helen Childs received praise amongst sources for her occupational disease practice, representing clients in high value asbestos cases. One interviewee comments “She is extremely dedicated to the files she works on. Her great eye for detail and willingness to take on difficult cases are definite strengths.”

Helen is proud to be a trustee for Mesothelioma UK, an asbestos charity that was launched in 2004 with initial financial support from Macmillan Cancer Support and later from the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund. Royds Withy King were also delighted to be named as Mesothelioma UK’s corporate donors for the second year running.

Helen and her team have sponsored numerous medical professionals via our Clifford Lloyd Education Fundto attend conferences like NLCFN, BTOG and IMIG. We also support Mesothelioma UK’s gendered Experience of Mesothelioma study in memory of our client Lydia Carey.

Helen is a true specialist with an expertise in out of time cases. She is a regular speaker at seminars, public meetings and charity fund raisers. She was invited to give a talk on Limitation to the APIL Asbestos conference.


“ Helen is very experienced and competent, her dedication to our cause has gone above and beyond - she was able very quickly to get the defendant to agree to provide treatment. Always contactable, and such a kind person. Helen was just what we needed at such a difficult time. ”

“ I would like to sincerely thank both Helen and John-Paul for their kindness and professionalism. They were often available 24/7 and were such a support to us, and at a time which was a 16-month nightmare for me and my family. They were both dedicated and, above all, sympathetic to our feelings. Thank you both. ”

“ I contacted Helen and her team, and we have had success and a successful claim. If it hadn’t been for Helen and her determination we would never have got the claim sorted so don’t give up when others say they can’t help, contact Helen and see what happens. “

Memberships and Awards

Helen Childs Chambers 2021
Helen Childs Occupational Disease
Helen Childs Asbestos Disease
Helen Childs Legal500 2021
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