Powers Of Attorney Bath, Solicitor Bristol, Lawyer Warminster, Lasting Powers Of Attorney Frome, Wills & Probate Bath, Court Of Protection Warminster, Protective Property Trusts Bristol


Helen Starkie set up her own practice in Bath in 2010, having spent many years in a leading role in a Top One Hundred law firm. Whilst valuing her experience there, in latter years she also became frustrated by the increasing amount of time it became necessary to spend on ‘in house’ matters and the value larger firms now place on ‘commercial’ rather than personal service. She wanted to get back to basics delivering an old fashioned personal and entirely bespoke service to clients.

Helen believes that in law a truly personal service has become rarer and sees an analogy between her own field and what has happened in banking. Acting as a Power Of Attorney to the people of Bath, Bristol, Warminster & Frome has given Helen the opportunity to pursue a career that she loves and cares so much about. Centralisation has rendered high street banks impersonal, inflexible, and lacking in personal attention to their customers. Most customers, if given the choice, would abandon today’s ‘Call Centre’ culture and return to the days of the high street bank when a recognisable, accountable and accessible manager knew and understood his or her customers (and their circumstances) almost better than they did themselves.

And so it has been in recent years with law. The members of this firm’s team were hand-picked not only because of their ability in their chosen area but also because of their passion for understanding the individual. They instinctively always ‘go the extra mile’ in delivering law sensitively and in the context of the client’s personal, financial and family circumstances.

We are experts in the following services and as we said above, we cover Bath, Bristol, Warminster & Frome.

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Solicitor
  • Lawyer
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Wills & Probate
  • Court of Protection
  • Protective Property Trusts

Helen is concerned that too many lawyers are generalists. We do not want to be ‘Jacks of all Trades’. We believe that it is important for our clients that we concentrate on having an in depth knowledge of the particular issues which concern them and their families, especially in their retirement years or during periods of illness or particular vulnerability.

We also believe that the delivery of law should be a true service. Each of us is available to our clients twenty four hours a day, three hundred and sixty five days a year in case of need. We are happy to see clients in their homes, at their offices or in our comfortable consulting rooms, according to their preference. We understand the importance of really getting to know and understand each client’s circumstances and of earning their trust.

The ethos of giving a truly bespoke and caring service is what drives us, and what our clients tell us makes us unique.

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The Team

Helen Starkie

Helen Starkie

Helen has built up the reputation as one of the most reliable “private client” solicitors over the past thirty years. She is well qualified and has previously spent a number of years in a leading role in a top one hundred law firm in London. The experience that she gathered over the years has been a boost to her career as she was the partner, head of the department and member of the board of management. One of the signs of her popularity was when she was elected as a member of the Law Society’s Private Client National Executive Committee. Her immense popularity continued to growwhen she was also elected as a member of the Court Of Protection Panel Of Professional Deputies as well as a member of Solicitors for the Elderly. She received an award for the amazing work she has donein the Elderly client law industry. She uses her experience and knowledge in order to help people in Bristol.

Jo Wagstaff

Jo Wagstaff

Jo is one of the masterminds behind all the great work that Helen has done. Jo joined Helen Starkie after building up 10 years of experience in her career in investment management. Initially, she dealt with the administration of client’s investments and gained an important investment administration qualification. Recently,she has showed more of an interest towards the Wills & Probate department. She is also a qualified Legal Executive and she now works with different clients, assisting them in making their wills and power of attorney documents. Jo also has a keen eye when it comes to Estate Management. She whole heartedly believes that everyone should be able to access legal advice and this is the attitude that Jo shows while working. She feels blessed to work with people and be there in their times of need.

Gina Lawrence

Gina Lawrence

Gina started working in the legal department at the young age of 16. She has built up her reputation since then and has gained valuable knowledge in many areas of law. Her main passion is for working with the elderly just like Helen and Jo. Her passion means that she will always go that extra mile to meet the requirements of her clients. Having worked with Helen for a number of years as her ‘right hand man’ in a previous firm, Gina is enjoying working with her again and having the chance to further develop the elderly client side of the practice.

Helen Starkie Solicitor
5 Gay St Bristol BA1 2PH England UK BA1 2PH
Phone: 01225 424460

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