Helen graduated in 1977 from University College Dublin as a Batchelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1978. She became a partner in a well respected South Eastern firm in December 1982 and advised extensively in both private client planning and in the commercial and company law sectors.
She founded the law firm Bowe O’Brien Solicitors in September 2002.
Appointed by the Minister for Health, Helen is a member of the Board of the South, South West Hospital Group.
Helen was appointed by the Minister of Finance to the Determination Committee Panel set up under the Stock Exchange Act 1995 and the Investment Intermediaries Act 1995. Selected by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, she serves on their panel for their legal enquiry service.
Helen is recognised as a leading practitioner in the area of adoption law and has some thirty years experience in working in all aspects of adoption. She was the special legal advisor to the Adoption Committee of the South Eastern Health Board in the 1980’s, and since then advised the H.S.E. and it’s successor Tusla – Child and Family Agency in adoption matters. She is also consulted by private individuals in both domestic and inter country adoptions.
She served as first female President of Waterford Law Society in 1998/99.
Helen was appointed by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform to the panel from which Personal Insolvency Complaints Committees will be formed.
Helen is an Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator affiliated to Friary Law / ADR UK Group.
In her free time Helen plays a friendly game of tennis, skis when possible and regularly enjoys Irish coastal cliff walks and sea swimming.