Helen Mountfield QC elected Principal of Mansfield College
22nd January 2018
Magdalen alumna Helen Mountfield QC (1986) has been elected Principal of Mansfield College, and will succeed Baroness Helena Kennedy QC from 1 September 2018.
Helen is a founder member of Matrix Chambers, and has served as a mediator, recorder and deputy High Court judge. She is a prominent specialist in administrative, human rights and education law, and has appeared frequently in the Supreme Court. She was leading advocate for the ‘People’s Challenge’ group in the litigation brought in the Supreme Court which successfully challenged the Prime Minister’s power to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union without first obtaining statutory authority from Parliament.
Helen attended Crown Woods Comprehensive School in South East London before obtaining a first class degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. Thereafter she studied for the Bar at City University and the Inns of Court School of Law, and was a Reid and Holker scholar of Gray’s Inn. She was called to the Bar in 1991, and took silk in 2010. She continues to be a member of Matrix Chambers, and also sits as a deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court and as a civil and criminal recorder, and is a master of the bench at Gray’s Inn.