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Helping you navigate your future


Helping you navigate your future

Buying or selling your home is a big investment, but having the right team working with you can help to make it a straightforward and stress free experience. We take care of all the legal aspects of buying and selling residential properties in Hertfordshire, London and throughout England and Wales. Working with families, couples, individuals, first time buyers and investors, we keep you regularly updated on progress and developments.

Properties range from multi-million pound houses to one bedroom flats, in prime residential areas. We make the most of our knowledge of the local market to identify any potential issues and work to overcome any barriers quickly.

We can help you with all aspects of buying, owning, financing and selling residential property, including owner-occupied, investment and buy-to-let.

Buying or selling your home is a big investment, but having the right team working with you can help to make it a straightforward and stress free experience. We take care of all the legal aspects of buying and selling...

We work with a variety of charitable and not-for-profit organisations in Hertfordshire, London and throughout the UK, ranging from small trusts to national charities. Our lawyers provide practical and cost effective advice on a broad range of issues relating to both the legal needs and regulatory frameworks of charitable organisations.

We have drawn together a team of lawyers from our trusts, commercial, employment, litigation and property teams with a particular interest and focus on the sector. Many of our lawyers also sit on trustee boards and committees so have a good understanding of the day-to-day issues facing charities.

We work with a variety of charitable and not-for-profit organisations in Hertfordshire, London and throughout the UK, ranging from small trusts to national charities. Our lawyers provide practical and cost effective advice...

Property can present one of the largest financial commitments for any business so you need a safe pair of hands. Our team of commercial property lawyers has the experience, knowledge and expertise to guide you through your property needs from start to finish, whether you are buying, leasing or selling. We tailor our service to your timescales and budget to make sure you meet your commercial objectives, whilst also offering a wider view of your property interests to highlight future opportunities and minimise risks.

We work with a wide range of clients throughout the UK, including developers, property investors, major corporations, public bodies, schools, owner occupiers, retailers, landlords, tenants and entrepreneurs.

The value of the transactions we handle range from the purchase of a £10million building in London, to the sale of an industrial unit in Manchester for under £100,000. No matter what the size or complexity, we can provide the experience and expertise needed to get the deal done.

Property can present one of the largest financial commitments for any business so you need a safe pair of hands. Our team of commercial property lawyers has the experience, knowledge and expertise to guide you through...

Our commercial lawyers can help you and your business grow and develop - whether you’re starting a new business, need advice on the day-to-day running of your existing operations, are looking to expand through financing, merging or buying or are simply selling up. We work with medium sized businesses, owner managed businesses and entrepreneurs in Hertfordshire, London and elsewhere in the UK.

We work closely with you and your other professional advisers to provide practical and commercial advice to ensure that projects are delivered within agreed timescales and within budget. We offer highly competitive rates compared with City firms, without compromising on the quality of service.
Our commercial lawyers can help you and your business grow and develop - whether you’re starting a new business, need advice on the day-to-day running of your existing operations, are looking to expand through financing,...
Whether you run a business or work within one, employment law affects us all.

Our employment team works as trusted advisors to owner managed/family businesses, entrepreneurs, SMEs and individuals throughout Hertfordshire and the rest of the UK. We help you navigate the complexities of employment law and minimise commercial risk; whether by taking defensive action to avoid time consuming and costly court disputes, or by offensive action to protect business connections or confidential data.

When complications arise, we take a commercial and creative approach to protect your reputation and avoid lengthy and costly disputes.

We help individuals, particularly at senior/board level, to negotiate favourable terms before starting a new role, or achieving a swift and fair outcome to any workplace dispute, including exit agreements.
Whether you run a business or work within one, employment law affects us all.

Our employment team works as trusted advisors to owner managed/family businesses, entrepreneurs, SMEs and individuals throughout...
Family life is rewarding and challenging in equal measure but there are times when you may need the help of specialist lawyers. You may simply want to know what your rights are or understand the implications for your children or your financial position if you take a particular path.

Whether it is the beginning or the end of a relationship, or anything in between, we specialise in all aspects of family law and will take you through the processes and systems in a straightforward and supportive way.

We work with individuals, parents, couples and grandparents in Hertfordshire, London, across the rest of the UK and internationally to help you find your way through this very complex and rapidly changing area of law.
Family life is rewarding and challenging in equal measure but there are times when you may need the help of specialist lawyers. You may simply want to know what your rights are or understand the...
Nobody can predict the future, but everyone can plan for it. With the right team helping you, you can protect yourself and your family and provide certainty for the future. Our lawyers help you with all the legal aspects of lifetime planning, including lasting powers of attorney, court of protection and long term care planning so that if you are no longer able to make financial or personal decisions then someone you trust can make them for you.

We work with families, unmarried couples, civil partners, business owners and individuals who trust us to guide them on what options are best for them and their situation, providing peace of mind for their future.
Nobody can predict the future, but everyone can plan for it. With the right team helping you, you can protect yourself and your family and provide certainty for the future. Our lawyers help you with all the legal aspects...
Our clients expect us to resolve disputes quickly, on best possible terms and within agreed budgets and this is what our lawyers do. We work with individuals and entrepreneurs, SMEs and large corporations. Whilst many of our clients are in Hertfordshire and across the South East, we increasingly work with clients from around the UK and abroad.

Disputes rarely contain themselves to a single legal issue so our lawyers have broad experience. We also have strategically developed market leading expertise in specialist areas and sectors.

Our team can advise you on all aspects of commercial disputes, as well as, regulatory, compliance, commercial debt recovery, wills/trusts and property disputes.
Our clients expect us to resolve disputes quickly, on best possible terms and within agreed budgets and this is what our lawyers do. We work with individuals and entrepreneurs, SMEs and large corporations. Whilst many of...

We are a leading adviser to the recruitment sector and a Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) appointed business partner. We work with recruitment businesses across the UK, from small specialist independents to large national agencies in the Recruiter Top 100, on all their needs. Our lawyers draw on their understanding and experience of the sector to provide practical and commercial advice helping clients make the most of opportunities and deal swiftly and effectively with any problems.

We are a leading adviser to the recruitment sector and a Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) appointed business partner. We work with recruitment businesses across the UK, from small specialist independents to...

With one of the UK’s leading teams for Wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning, probate and Will administration, we help protect and manage your wealth now and in the future.

We work with generations of families, unmarried couples, civil partners, individuals and those with significant business, land and property assets in the UK and internationally. Our aim is to help create a future for you and your family with certainty and clarity by providing the highest quality legal advice and service.

We work together with financial advisers, accountants and other experts to make sure you get the very best all round advice.
With one of the UK’s leading teams for Wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning, probate and Will administration, we help protect and manage your wealth now and in the future.

We work with generations of...
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Proprietary estoppel: My word is my bond (or is it?)
Proprietary estoppel: My word is my bond (or is it?)

May 2016

In the recent case of Liden v Burton, the Court of Appeal upheld the trial judge’s decision to award a former partner (Liden) a 10% interest in her partner’s property after she contributed to the household costs on t...

Arbitration v litigation
Arbitration v litigation

May 2016

The lord chief justice recently called for arbitration and the courts to work better together and for the relationship between the two to be rebalanced. This reignited the question that lawyers and businesses often ask,...

Why living together can be a leap of faith
Why living together can be a leap of faith

May 2016

Whilst living together before marriage is a reality of modern life, the existence of a common law wife or husband remains a myth.

Chamber cheers for St Albans and St George at annual fundraising lunch
Chamber cheers for St Albans and St George at annual fundraising lunch

April 2016

Over 300 businesses enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with the St Albans Chamber of Commerce on Friday 22 April for their annual St George’s Day Lunch. Debenhams Ottaway sponsored the champagne drinks reception which start...

Debenhams Ottaway sponsor young cyclist Lorna Bowler
Debenhams Ottaway sponsor young cyclist Lorna Bowler

April 2016

Lorna Bowler, the young cyclist we are sponsoring through the SportsAid programme has had a great start to this year’s main races. Lorna raced in the recent Youth Tour of Scotland with some impressive results.

Debenhams Ottaway in the top 50 Hertfordshire Power List
Debenhams Ottaway in the top 50 Hertfordshire Power List

March 2016

Debenhams Ottaway is one of only four Hertfordshire law firms ranked in the top 50 of the Hertfordshire Power 100.

WMT SALT (St Albans Last Tuesday)
WMT SALT (St Albans Last Tuesday)

17 May 2016

Debenhams Ottaway is sponsoring the May SALT event organised by WMT. SALT (St Albans Last Tuesday) is an informal lunchtime networking event, focused at the professional corporate finance community, including bankers, lawyers and accountants. 

Radlett summer drinks and canapés
Radlett summer drinks and canapés

31 May 2016

The Debenhams Ottaway team in Radlett has grown considerably in recent years, particularly since strengthening our family and private wealth teams. We are hosting a summer drinks to introduce our local contacts to the rest of the team and other contacts and colleagues in the local areas. 

City Club - June 2016
City Club - June 2016

16 June 2016

City Club is a networking group for those of us who are involved in property and development, in and around St Albans. At the next meeting, Mark Bunting from Aitchison Raffety will be asking – Where have our offices gone? The effect of permitted development rights on business space.

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