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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...

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...
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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Changing schools post divorce
Changing schools post divorce

February 2016

Half of all couples who divorce have children under 16 and in full time education. Whatever problems existed to trigger the relationship breakdown will inevitably intensify if one parent moves out of the area and wants t...

Shooting blindly in the ‘battle of the forms’
Shooting blindly in the ‘battle of the forms’

February 2016

The term ‘battle of the forms’ has been coined to describe situations where parties have reached an agreement negotiated on two different sets of standard terms, and it is uncertain exactly whose terms govern the agr...

Helping our children without paying more inheritance tax
Helping our children without paying more inheritance tax

January 2016

We want to give our offspring all the financial support we can, but fear of tax can be off-putting. Concerns about inheritance tax have put people off, but there are a number of inheritance tax exemptions of which people...

A great start to 2016 for Debenhams Ottaway
A great start to 2016 for Debenhams Ottaway

February 2016

Debenhams Ottaway had a great end to 2015 and the New Year is looking equally as promising. With the private wealth team winning the Law Society’s Excellence in Private Client Practice award, the litigation team winni...

Susan Glenholme receives private wealth accolade
Susan Glenholme receives private wealth accolade

November 2015

Susan Glenholme, private wealth partner at Debenhams Ottaway, has recently received ‘lawyers beyond London’ recognition in the latest Spear’s 500 guide to advisers to the wealthy.

St Albans is the place for young professionals
St Albans is the place for young professionals

November 2015

A networking group for young professionals in St Albans has been launched by the City of Expertise, with local entrepreneur, Zoë Jackson MBE, as guest speaker drawing in the crowds.

Professions Careers Evening at STAGS
Professions Careers Evening at STAGS

09 February 2016

As part of the City of Expertise initiative, Debenhams Ottaway will be supporting the Professions Careers Evening at St Albans Girls School (STAGS) on 25 February.

Insolvency and Restructuring Network
Insolvency and Restructuring Network

03 March 2016

The next Insolvency and Restructuring Network event will take place on Thursday 3 March 2016. This is an informal networking group for professionals involved in the insolvency and restructuring community in Herts, Beds, Bucks and North London. Co-sponsors are 9 Stone Building.

St George's Day Lunch 2016
St George's Day Lunch 2016

22 April 2016

Debenhams Ottaway is one of the sponsors for the St George's Day Lunch 2016.

Organised by the St Albans City and Distrtict Chamber of Commerce, this is a key event in the St Albans business networking calendar. The lunch is held at Sopwell House on the nearest Friday to St George's Day. 

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