Helen Barnett

Senior Associate

Private Client

T: +44 (0)20 7406 1649


Helen advises on the administration of complex estates, often with a cross border element. She prepares Wills for clients, many of whom have assets in other jurisdictions, ensuring that the Will is drafted to achieve the client’s aims in a tax efficient way. Helen also advises clients on lifetime inheritance tax planning, including creating new trusts and appointing assets out of existing trusts. She has a particular interest in mental capacity issues, and advises on powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters.

Recent Experience

  • Advising the executor of a multi-million pound estate, which passed under the terms of a home-made Will; liaising with HMRC to maximise inheritance tax reliefs and exemptions for the estate.
  • Advising clients on the gift of a property to their children, putting in place arrangements to ensure that they can continue to use the property themselves without a gift with reservation of benefit arising.
  • Advising on an application to the Court of Protection to make gifts to the donor’s children and grandchildren and creating a trust into which the gifts for the grandchildren can be held.
  • Attending a secure facility to take instructions for Lasting Powers of Attorney for a client with severe paranoid schizophrenia, having obtained a suitable expert opinion on the client’s capacity to give those instructions.

Career History

Helen joined Wedlake Bell in October 2018. She trained at Bircham Dyson Bell, and qualified as a solicitor there in 2011.

Helen has a degree in History from Cambridge University, she completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at BPP.

Helen is a member of STEP, having completed the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates (England & Wales) in 2014.


  • Top Recommended 40 Under 40 2022 in Citywealth Leaders List
  • Silver Medallist in ‘Lawyer of the Year: Associate’ in the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2020
  • Citywealth ‘Top 100 Future Leaders’ – 2020
  • Eprivateclient ‘Top 35 under 35’ winner – 2014
  • Citywealth ‘Top 100 Future Leaders’ – 2016


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