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Buying or selling your home is a big investment, but having the right legal conveyancing team working with you can help to make it a straightforward and stress free experience. As conveyancing solicitors, 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 and second 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 property 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:

Our conveyancers, who manage the legal process of moving ​land or ​property from one ​owner to another, are accredited by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme, a recognised quality standard for residential property buying and selling.

Contact us today to discuss your residential property buying and selling needs.

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 small and medium sized businesses, owner managed businesses and entrepreneurs in Hertfordshire, London and across 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.

Working with our employment, property and litigation teams, we advise on all forms of company and commercial work and have a particular focus on the IT, charities, recruitment and healthcare sectors. Our approach is to provide you with a single integrated service backed up by our industry knowledge.
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,...

Our lawyers provide practical and accessible legal advice in the key operational areas of employment, property and planning, business and debt recovery to the education sector. We work with a range of education institutions in Hertfordshire, London and the South East, supporting senior leadership on the challenges and opportunities of running large organisations in one of the most important sectors. 

Our lawyers provide practical and accessible legal advice in the key operational areas of employment, property and planning, business and debt recovery to the education sector. We work with a range of education institutions...

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 family and divorce lawyers, whether you live in the UK or overseas as an expatriate. 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, such as divorce for married couples or separation for unmarried couples
  • Whether it is the beginning or the end of a relationship, or anything in between, we specialise in all aspects of family law and divorce 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 family and divorce lawyers, whether you live in the UK or overseas...

Our dedicated healthcare team works with healthcare professionals, including care home providers, doctors, dentists and pharmacists based in Hertfordshire, London and across the UK. Our lawyers help to make sure healthcare organisations are legally compliant with the regulations imposed on them as well as advise them on other legal aspects related to the day to day running of their organisation, including commercial contracts, property buying and selling, employment issues and when necessary litigation. 

Our dedicated healthcare team works with healthcare professionals, including care home providers, doctors, dentists and pharmacists based in Hertfordshire, London and across the UK. Our lawyers help to make sure healthcare...

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...
Accidents happen. However if someone else is to blame, then our personal injury lawyers can assist in planning your next steps in order to obtain the best result for you.

We work with clients in Hertfordshire and across the UK in their personal injury claims, helping them to win their case and maximise their compensation.

We specialise in serious injury cases, helping with a full range of claims, from brain and head in...
Accidents happen. However if someone else is to blame, then our personal injury lawyers can assist in planning your next steps in order to obtain the best result for you.

We work with clients in Hertfordshi...

With one of the UK’s leading teams for Wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning and probate, our lawyers help to find creative legal solutions to protect and manage our client’s wealth now and in the future. We work with families, business owners and individuals in Hertfordshire, London and across the UK who have significant wealth.

With one of the UK’s leading teams for Wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning and probate, our lawyers help to find creative legal solutions to protect and manage our client’s wealth now and in the future....

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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Insolvency Update: Proposed new powers for the Secretary of State
Insolvency Update: Proposed new powers for the Secretary of State

April 2018

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a consultation paper on Corporate Governance and Insolvency, seeking views on proposals to improve the governance of companies when they are in or...

When should future inheritance prospects affect a financial settlement upon divorce?
When should future inheritance prospects affect a financial settlement upon divorce?

April 2018

Before negotiations can start about how finances should be shared between a divorcing couple, disclosure needs to be provided by both parties to establish what the finances are. This is usually done using a form called a...

Purchaser demand for pharmacy businesses remains high despite government funding cuts
Purchaser demand for pharmacy businesses remains high despite government funding cuts

April 2018

Purchaser demand for pharmacy businesses appears to remain high despite recent government funding cuts in the sector. We have received a number of enquiries in the first quarter of 2018 from both purchasers and sellers o...

Debenhams Ottaway successfully defend Fairgate in £1.5m Technology and Construction Court trial
Debenhams Ottaway successfully defend Fairgate in £1.5m Technology and Construction Court trial

April 2018

In Redbourn Group Limited v Fairgate Developments Ltd [2018] EWHC 658 (TCC), Mr Andrew Bartlett QC has held that a claim for loss of a chance, amounting to up to £1.5m, failed in its entirety. Debenhams Ottaway acted fo...

Debenhams Ottaway announces new Managing Partner
Debenhams Ottaway announces new Managing Partner

March 2018

Debenhams Ottaway is delighted to announce that Susan Glenholme has been appointed as Managing Partner with effect from 1st May 2018.

Debenhams Ottaway retains 100% of its trainee lawyers
Debenhams Ottaway retains 100% of its trainee lawyers

March 2018

Debenhams Ottaway is pleased to announce that three trainee lawyers will qualify at the firm this month. Laura Coad and Robyn Adams will qualify as lawyers into the firm’s fast growing dispute resolution team, whilst A...

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