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Helen in 60 seconds

Helen has extensive experience in providing corporate insolvency and restructuring advice to a broad range of banks and other financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, distressed companies and creditors.

Helen has 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.

Helen has developed market leading expertise in regulatory risk and strategy from advising financial institutions on their compliance with regulatory obligations. Most recently, she has played an integral role in the strategic management of one of Australia’s largest review and remediation schemes for a Big 4 Australian Bank.

Upon being admitted as an Australian legal practitioner (expected to be in October 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

Reforms to address corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme

  • 24 Jul 2017

The Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme provides cover for certain employees who have lost their jobs due to the insolvency of their employer. It is intended to be a scheme of last resort to support...

ASIC formalises requirements for client review and remediation

  • 19 Sep 2016

After years of review and remediation activities at many advice licensees and months of industry consultation following the release of Consultation Paper 247 (CP 247) in December 2015 (including wi...