In this series, we introduce some of the people that make up Stephens Scown. We learn about their expertise, what drew them to join the legal profession and find out a little bit about who they are outside of work.

Here we introduce Helen Thomas, Partner in our Property Litigation team.

Can you share with us a little bit about your role and a typical day?

At the risk of sounding cliched, there is really not a typical day. I will always have a plan of the work that needs to be done, which may include attending court, client meetings, preparing advices and reports. But being a litigator means having to deal with situations which may arise for a client and being immediately available for any urgent work. This means ensuring all work is completed ahead of the due date, in case of any emergencies.

Why did you specialise in your area of law?

I find the various aspects of landlord and tenant law, whether possession, housing condition, regulation, fascinating. I also appreciate working in an area of law which is absolutely fundamental to everybody’s daily life and welfare. It’s an area which frequently makes the headlines, not always for the right reasons,and is never dull.

What do you love most about your role?

It’s an area of law that is evolving and just keep you on your toes. It’s a role that very much requires me to work as part of a team, whether here at Stephens Scown or with my clients.

What are the Challenges you face?

The number of changes being introduced by legislation and the need for resources to meet the increased demand on social housing providers. The potential unintended consequences of the reforms to the private rented sector and the impact that is having on the supply of private housing/demand in the social sector.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

I’m a member of local running and swimming clubs. I’m lucky enough to live and work in an amazing part of the country and to be outside enjoying it in my free time

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be and why?

Bored! Although I did always love the idea of working in a bookshop – I might just not want to part with any of them so be rubbish at sales

What does it mean to work for Stephens Scown, what makes us different?

There is respect for what everyone in every team does. The firm positively encourages and supports us to give back to the community and try and make a difference. There is a real sense of belonging and working towards a shared goal of being the best we can be.