Helen Kelsall


Helen Kelsall

Solicitor Manchester Business Crime & Regulation

Helen is currently a Solicitor within JMW’s Business Crime and Regulation Team, having joined the firm in 2019.  Helen has considerable knowledge and experience in handling complex and serious cases with particular focus on cases concerning Serious Crime, Financial Crime and Fraud. She has experience in a wide range of offences including:

  • Fraud and dishonesty, including Money Laundering, Fraud by False Representation and Theft
  • Conspiracy to Supply Class A / Class B drugs
  • Perverting the Course of Justice
  • Conveying Articles into Prison
  • Proceeds of Crime Act applications
  • Historic sexual offences
  • Malicious Communications
  • Causing Death by Dangerous Driving/Careless Driving

Motoring Offences

Helen deals with a complete range of motoring offences and has extensive experience in drug/drink driving; dangerous/careless driving; driving whilst disqualified; speeding offences, and failing to give information offences. She represents clients all over the UK across a variety of courts.   

Prior to working at JMW, Helen previously worked for a nationally recognised firm in criminal and regulatory matters. She worked closely with the Head of Motoring, and dealt with a complete range of motoring offences helping clients keep their driving licenses. 

Helen graduated from University of Nottingham with BA (Hons) in History before gaining distinctions in GDL and LPC at the University of Law, Manchester. She is due to complete her Police Station Accreditation in order to provide advice and representation to clients.

Helen is currently a member of Fraud Lawyers Association, Women in Criminal Law and JMW’s CSR Charity Committee. She has taken part in various activities raising money for charities and most recently completed a Skydive raising almost £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Society. In addition, Helen is also a member of the mentoring scheme for students at University of Law aiming to gain an insight into life as a legal practitioner. She assists mentees in building their connections in the legal market, and understanding more about the current legal recruitment process.

Helen can be seen discussing various motoring law matters on JMW's Inside Man:

What her clients say

“From the first phone conversation I had with Helen when I was released from custody on 6th September until the hearing yesterday Helen has been the ultimate professional, always making herself available to speak, responding to all my emails with speed, not only has Helen given me sound advice throughout but she has also displayed an empathy for my situation and put my mind at ease numerous times.

The outcome was that I received a 12month driving ban, I believe this was the absolute minimum I could have expected, but the fine handed down was wiped immediately by the court, I felt that if the Magistrate had been in a position to reduce or even drop the ban they would have, this was all down to Helen's performance in court, she put forward my case with the upmost professionalism, ensuring that the magistrates actually read the character references I had provided, this I'm sure made all the difference.

I would not hesitate to recommend your company, or Helen to anyone unfortunate enough to fall foul of the law in similar circumstances.”

“I contacted JMW solicitors 2 days before a court hearing where I was potentially faced with a fine of up to £1000 and 6 points on my licence.

They acted professionally and promptly. Helen Kelsall represented me on the day of the hearing which was held in Birmingham, approximately 100 miles away from their offices.

Helen managed to source some legislation (loop hole to the lay person) and saved me from the worst possible outcome. She confidently argued my case according to law and statute and succeeded in an excellent outcome that I was more than pleased with. No points on my licence and a nominal fine of £100.

I would highly recommend JMW solicitors, in particular for any motor offences.”


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