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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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Company directors imprisoned following convictions for health and safety breach
Company directors imprisoned following convictions for health and safety breach

June 2016

A recent Crown Court case provides a stark reminder of the serious potential consequences for company directors who are found in breach of health and safety legislation. In this extreme case, two company directors were i...

Competition and Markets Authority guidance on online reviews and endorsements
Competition and Markets Authority guidance on online reviews and endorsements

June 2016

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recently published an open letter providing guidance to PR and marketing companies on online reviews and endorsements of consumer products and services.

Top tips: How to protect your Will from being challenged
Top tips: How to protect your Will from being challenged

June 2016

Challenges to Wills are becoming more common and likely to be increasingly so in future. What, if anything can be done to protect a Will from being challenged?

Debenhams Ottaway sponsors St Albans Literary Festival 2016
Debenhams Ottaway sponsors St Albans Literary Festival 2016

June 2016

Debenhams Ottaway is sponsoring one of the headline events at this year's St Albans Literary Festival, Anthony Lester QC in conversation with Martine Croxall, on Friday 8 July. Anthony will be speaking about his new book...

Lorna Bowler qualifies for the National Track Omnium Final
Lorna Bowler qualifies for the National Track Omnium Final

June 2016

Lorna Bowler, the young cyclist we are sponsoring through the SportsAid programme, has been juggling her training and competing with school exams. She recently qualified for the National Track Omnium Final after taking 2...

Susan Glenholme interview with Law Society PS Magazine
Susan Glenholme interview with Law Society PS Magazine

May 2016

Following Debenhams Ottaway’s win at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2015, partner Susan Glenholme talks to the Law Society PS Magazine about the benefits winning the award has brought to the business.

St Albans Fashion Week 2016
St Albans Fashion Week 2016

24 October 2016

Debenhams Ottaway is one of the headline sponsors of St Albans Fashion Week 2016, celebrating the very best in fashion and beauty in St Albans. Taking place from 24 to 30 October 2016, the SAFW showcases the very best fashion that St Albans has on offer, and also provides a platform for burgeoning designers and cutting edge artists to promote their exceptional talent.

Harpenden Seniors Forum - Seniors Annual Fair
Harpenden Seniors Forum - Seniors Annual Fair

20 October 2016

Debenhams Ottaway is taking a stand at the next Harpenden Seniors Annual Fair in October, organised by the Harpenden Seniors Forum. We will be joined by other organisations including home care providers, care homes, financial advisers as well as many public and voluntary organisations, clubs and societies.

City Club Young Professionals - Warming up for the Olympics 2016
City Club Young Professionals - Warming up for the Olympics 2016

21 July 2016

We’ve got a summer of sporting events to look forward to (if you like sport!) – with the Euros that have just started, Wimbledon in a few weeks and the Rio Olympics in August, we thought we’d add a sporting theme to our next City Club Young Professionals event.

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