Festive PeriodPlease note that we close on Friday 22nd December at 5.15pm and open again on the 2nd January at 9.00am.
Getting to us by car – There is visitor parking available at the side and back of the office, but spaces are limited. There are also a number of pay-and-display car parks within a 5-10 minute walk of our offices, including Drovers Way and Adelaide Street. Please speak to your contact to arrange parking for your appointment, and they will reserve this for you.
Getting to us by train – we are a 15-minute walk away from St Albans City railway station on the Thameslink route, giving you direct access to and from London. You can find information about St Albans City train times on the Thameslink Railway website.
We offer the following services for individuals and businesses in St Albans and across Hertfordshire:
We can take the stress out of buying and selling your home. Whether you are a first time buyer, you are looking for a bigger space to expand your family, or downsizing for retirement, our conveyancing solicitors can help you with all the legal aspects of buying and selling your home.
We also offer a wide range of residential property services, including:
If you are facing a problem at work, we understand how overwhelming it can be. It can feel like the odds are stacked against you, particularly if your employer is a large corporation. However, with the right legal advice, bad employment experiences are rarely as hopeless as they seem.
Our employment lawyers can talk you through your rights and empower you to take action in a vast range of employment-related disputes. Our employment lawyers have particular expertise advising senior executives, board level and other high level staff before they start a new role or upon their exit.
Our expertise includes:
Employment status (e.g. your rights as a full-time or part-time employee, worker or self-employed individual)
In most cases, the rewards of family life and the happiness of your children far outweigh the challenges. However, there are times when ensuring the wellbeing of your family requires the help of a specialist family lawyer. We can help with all sorts of family law matters. Whether you just need advice about your rights or you are taking active steps to make a change, we will be by your side.
We regularly advise clients from all walks of life, including opposite sex individuals and couples, same-sex or LGBTQ individuals and couples, parents, and grandparents.
Planning for all of life’s possibilities can give you peace of mind as well as saving your loved ones from having to make difficult decisions on your behalf later on. Our lifetime planning solicitors also provide sensitive, practical advice to individuals and families who need help supporting elderly and vulnerable loved ones and can act as professional deputies where needed.
Many of us will spend our entire working lives building our wealth so that we can live freely and provide for our loved ones. Making a Will and estate planning is essential to ensure your family is safe and looked after once you have passed away.
Our Wills and probate solicitors can help you with a wide range of Wills, trusts, inheritance and probate related matters, including:
Protecting your wealth does not end with making a Will. You have numerous options to maximise your wealth both during your lifetime and for your loved ones after you die. We work closely with financial advisors, accountants, banks and other professional advisors to provide an all-inclusive private wealth service to individuals, families and business owners across Hertfordshire and beyond.
Disputes about a deceased loved one’s wishes or family inheritance are often highly emotional and without the right advice can quickly spiral out of control. We appreciate that family dynamics are rarely straightforward, particularly nowadays where cohabitation, remarriages, and step families are commonplace. Different family members often have different expectations –
Perhaps you were made promises by the deceased that were not reflected in their Will;
Perhaps another family member claims that they should be entitled to more inheritance, threatening your own;
Perhaps there are issues with the Will itself such as evidence of undue influence on the testator;
Or perhaps an executor isn’t handling the estate administration properly.
Whatever the issue, our contested Wills and probate solicitors are here to help you through the situation as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. We are skilled at resolving disputes strategically before they can negatively impact the estate and our team includes two fully accredited members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).
We specialise in helping individuals and businesses resolve disputes quickly and cost-effectively. Using strategic negotiation and a firm, pragmatic approach, we have a strong track record of achieving positive solutions, usually without resorting to lengthy court proceedings. Our expertise includes:
We offer the following services for businesses and business owners in St Albans and across Hertfordshire:
We are proud to offer a fully integrated corporate and commercial law service that can reliably cover all of your business’s needs. Whether you are embarking on a new business venture, you need advice about day-to-day operations, or you are looking to expand, merge or wind up, you will be safe in our hands.
We work in close partnership with our clients, adapting our advice to their evolving needs and utilising our ever developing knowledge of commercial markets across a range of sectors.
We deliver carefully tailored commercial property advice with a high level of expertise and business acumen. Our commercial property solicitors work with a wide variety of businesses, including owner occupiers, commercial landlords and tenants, rural land owners, developers, investors, public bodies, health care providers, and schools.
We can provide practical employment law advice to all kinds of businesses across Hertfordshire and the UK, including SMEs, family businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, partnerships and established limited companies. Our employment lawyers stay up to date with the ever-changing area of employment law so you can focus on the effective running of your business, minimising risk and maximising efficiency. Our expertise includes:
We can provide legal advice specifically tailored to meet to needs of charities across Hertfordshire. We utilise the entire range of our cross-departmental expertise to offer an integrated service that covers trusts, contracts, commercial law, employment law, litigation and dispute resolution, and more. Our clients include charitable organisations across a range of sectors, including education, care and religion.
Our education law solicitors can provide practical legal advice about a wide range of issues affecting educational institutions in St Albans and across Hertfordshire. We offer guidance on the effective operation of such organisations and provide professional support to senior leadership on matters such as:
Litigation and dispute resolution
Recovery of school fees
We regularly advise healthcare professionals, including care home providers, doctors, dentists and pharmacists, on regulatory compliance and other legal issues. Our healthcare solicitors in St Albans have substantial experience across a variety of legal areas, including:
Corporate and property
Regulatory and compliance
Wills, trusts and probate
Litigation and dispute resolution
We are one of the top advisors to the recruitment sector in the country. We are an appointed business partner of the Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) and have a wealth of experience, including advising many Top 100 recruitment agencies.
Our recruitment solicitors work closely with our other specialise teams to provide a reliable end-to-end service. Our expertise includes:
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution
Tree planting in the UK
To support our environment and help achieve our sustainability goals, we will plant a tree in the UK every time we receive a client survey. Clients are the centre of everything we do, so it is a perfect way to thank them as well as listen to their feedback to keep improving.
You can track our tree planting progress with our partner Ecologi by visiting our forest below.
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