Bolt Burdon

Corporate Partner

Key Contacts

Helen Beach

Helen Beach – Partner Solicitor and Head of Wealth and Estate Planning

DDI: +44 20 7288 4713

Mobile: +44 7880 797273


Helen is a Partner Solicitor and head of the Wealth and Estate Planning Team.  She qualified in 2007 and has practised in the field of Private Client ever since. Helen acts on behalf of executors, administrators, trustees, attorneys, charities and individuals seeking to plan their lifetime affairs, with particular emphasis on complex probate matters. She enjoys coordinating with a team of professional advisers for both estate planning and estate administration to ensure all of Bolt Burdon’s client’s needs are fulfilled.

Helen acts as an Independent Administrator in estate administration matters where the executors/administrators appointed are unresponsive, hostile or problematic.

Helen is a a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Private Client Section of the Law Society. She is also the Regional Co-Director for the London Regional Association of Lifetime Lawyers.

Olivia Pisapia – Solicitor

DDI +44 20 7288 4754

Mobile: +44 7584 280946


Olivia is a Solicitor in the Legacy Team. She has experience in dealing with a wide range of legacy disputes and understands that each client’s case and needs are unique. She is adept at dealing with challenging cases and is quick to identify complex legal issues and devise an appropriate and effective strategy to win.

Victoria Blanshard

Victoria Blanshard – Chartered Legal Executive

DDI: +44 20 7288 4707

Mobile: +44 7887 217405


Victoria is a Contentious Probate specialist, having worked in this area for a number of years with experience in a wide variety of cases. She has a reputation for guiding her clients through complicated situations at upsetting times. Victoria is proactive in looking for solutions for her clients that match their specific situation and objectives. Victoria’s clients value her ability to explain difficult legal concepts, provide them with frank advice and keep them updated as to progress.


London: Providence House, Providence Place, London N1 0NT

Client Testimonial

“I would definitely recommend Bolt Burdon – it has been a very positive experience. The communication was excellent … the level of updates have been brilliant. I always felt like I had a handle on what was going on, with no-one hiding behind email. It was really good to be able to see from the outset what was involved at each stage of the process. The approach to pricing was great added value. The ability to choose between hourly rates and fixed fee at each stage of the process, with visibility over what was involved at each stage allowed me to use my experience and knowledge to get the best deal for the charity.”

About Bolt Burdon

We provide a full range of legal services to charity clients who seek a high level of service. We offer a fresh approach to legacy management to help ensure that every donor’s final wish achieves its greatest potential. We understand the demands placed on charities to maximise their legacies; our approach is all about finding the correct balanced outcome for our client. So, for example while we are sensitive to the needs of our charity clients to ensure the maximum return by maximising the legacies left to them by generous donors, we understand that this needs to be weighed against the risk of negative publicity and the costs of litigation.

Additionally, we know that funding is often a key consideration, so we offer a range of options for paying fees as well as reduced rates for our charity clients. One way to ensure that every donor’s final wish meets its greatest potential is to ensure that estates are not depleted by legal fees in fighting actions brought against the estate. We offer CFA’s, deferred funding arrangements and fixed fees so that our charity clients have a variety of choices when it comes to funding. This helps the charity ensure that any action they take is proportionate to the value of their legacy.

Our specialist legacy team, and indeed our firm, believe passionately in delivering exceptional service. Not only does our team have experience in both contentious and non-contentious aspects of legacy administration but we invest in our people to ensure we have up to date knowledge and any extra qualifications needed. Confident that we will exceed our clients’ expectations, we offer a Service Level Guarantee to our clients.

In addition to protecting legacies, we can provide advice regarding commercial contracts, employment law, and property issues.

We are always happy to talk on an initial no obligation and informal basis so please email or call one of the team. We very much look forward to working with you so you can share in our success and benefit from our fresh approach.