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Helen in 60 seconds

Helen has more than 13 years' experience advising clients on a broad range of banking, insolvency and regulatory matters.

She has developed market-leading expertise in regulatory risk and strategy and has extensive experience supporting the financial services sector with the design and implementation of large-scale, complex remediation programs. Most recently, Helen played a pivotal role in the execution and strategic direction of a financial planning remediation program mandated by ASIC, with primary responsibility for overseeing compliance with the regulatory framework.

Helen has acted for financial institutions and government bodies in matters involving customers disputes, regulatory investigations and compliance, inquires and responses to compulsory information requests.

She has also acted on a diverse range of matters in the corporate restructuring, insolvency litigation and security enforcement context. She regularly advises clients on their exposures to distressed companies, debt recovery, workouts, administrations and liquidations and has significant experience acting on cross-border insolvency engagements.

Helen's recent experience includes advising the liquidators of the Octaviar group of companies on all aspects of the liquidation including complex proceedings commenced against a major non-bank lender in Queensland and the USA.

Upon being admitted as an Australian legal practitioner (expected to be in November 2017), Helen Taylor will become a member of the partnership of Henry Davis York.  Helen is currently a Special Counsel admitted to practice in England and Wales.


  • LLB (Hons) (2000)
    IPAA's Insolvency Education Program

    International experience

    Prior to joining HDY, Helen spent 8 years working for Addleshaw Goddard LLP in London and advised on corporate insolvency and restructuring matters in the UK.

Industry associations

  • Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)

Helen's Recent Experience


HDY acts for Bentleys Corporate Recovery on all aspects of the liquidation of the Octaviar Group (formerly MFS) and the resulting global litigation. The collapse of Octaviar is one of the country's largest ever liquidations. The formal recognition of the Australian proceedings against Octaviar in the US Bankruptcy Court in New York in 2013 are testament to the significance of the liquidation and its global impact.

Big 4 Australian Bank

Assisting the Bank with the operation of one of Australia’s largest consumer review and remediation programs which was established to review financial advice. Helen has spent the past 12 months on secondment at the Bank providing strategic advice on its development and operation and is the key contact for the independent expert appointed to oversee and monitor the remediation program.

Helen's Recent Insights

Defeating legal privilege to obtain access to documents created to frustrate creditors' claims

  • 16 Oct 2017

People who are targets of liquidators' and other claimants' investigations often attempt to hide behind the veil of legal professional privilege to avoid producing documents.However, the ve...

Government moves forward on reforms to address corporate misuse of FEG Scheme

  • 06 Oct 2017

On 5 October 2017, the Australian Government announced that it would move forward with proposed reforms to address the concern that the Government's Fair Entitlement Guarantee Scheme is increas...

In Defence of Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Professionals

  • 28 Sep 2017

Restructuring, insolvency and turnaround professionals play a fundamental role in the economy and deliver important outcomes for business. So why the bad press?Read our article published in the Sep...

Suppliers beware - ACCC launches first small business unfair contract terms case

  • 25 Sep 2017

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings against Australia's largest privately-owned waste management company, JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd ...