Mourant Ozannes, Jersey
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Year of joining Mourant Ozannes:
Employment, Litigation, Financial Services & Regulatory
Helen is Head of the Employment Practice Area, Jersey at
Mourant Ozannes. She specialises in all aspects of employment law
with a particular emphasis on high value, complex
dismissals. Helen trained and qualified as an English
Solicitor in 1998 (currently non-practising). Prior to joining
Mourant Ozannes in 2001, Helen worked in both private practice
and as a senior in-house lawyer for a UK public sector body. Professional qualifications:
Helen trained and qualified as an English solicitor (currently
non-practising) in 1998 prior to joining Mourant Ozannes in
2001 when she became instrumental in building the firm's employment
practice. Helen qualified as a Jersey advocate in 2008.
Is a member of:
Helen is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is
Chairman of the Employment Forum, an independent, statutory body
which is responsible for consulting and making recommendations on
developments in employment law.
Helen also advises on all aspects of data protection
law. Helen, together with Mathew Cook, leads Mourant
Ozannes' data protection team and has recently been appointed
as legal advisor to the States of Jersey Scrutiny Sub-Panel which
is considering amendments to Jersey's data protection law.
Helen also jointly leads the firm's competition law team which
advises on all aspects of the Competition (Jersey) Law 2005. Helen
has been involved in a number of the applications to the
Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority under the merger
approval provisions of the law. In addition, Helen and the team
have significant experience in other aspects of Jersey's
competition regime, including advising on matters relating to
possible abuses of dominant positions, anti-competitive
arrangements generally and the procedures relating to JCRA's powers
to conduct "dawn raids".
Helen regularly advises on corporate and commercial matters (both
contentious and non-contentious) and on business set-up in Jersey
including regulation of undertakings and related matters. What the directories say:
Helen is "a great person to work with - she is friendly but
reassuringly steely underneath," Chambers Europe, 2013.
"Team head Helen Ruelle stands out for her 'client approach',"
Legal 500, 2012.
"She is well respected by commentators, with clients saying: 'I
have great confidence in her advice. She tells it how it is and not
what we want to hear'," Chambers Europe, 2012.
"Helen Ruelle is applauded as 'hugely capable and exceptional at
translating legal jargon into layman's terms'," Chamber Europe,
Recommended by Legal 500 for complex work on director-level
"New department head Helen Ruelle 'knows her stuff and is
technically very good,' according to peers," Chambers Europe,