Tom is a lawyer in our commercial property team.

Tom prides himself on being  approachable and dependable. Client feedback highlights that Tom is “pragmatic and commercial in his dealings” and “helpful and considerate” in his approach. His effectiveness is demonstrated by high client satisfaction and retention ratings.

Tom works with a range of clients across Hertfordshire, London and the UK from large businesses to private high net worth individuals.


Tom advises on transactional aspects of property law, including working with

  • all parties on sales and acquisitions of commercial property and land
  • lenders, borrowers and guarantors in financing and refinancing arrangements
  • land owners and developers advising on promotion agreements, option agreements, overage deeds, pre-emption agreements and conditional contracts
  • landlords and tenants in relation to new leases, existing leases, lease renewals, lease extensions and a wide range of licenses
  • sellers and purchasers of complex and high-value residential property.

Work highlights include advising on

  • the £7.6m refinancing of a portfolio of seven mixed use properties for a major high street lender
  • the purchase of a residential property for £7.5m located on the Crown Estate, Oxshott
  • the simultaneous surrender of the lease of a high-profile social media marketing company’s existing headquarters and purchase of a lease for its new headquarters for a reverse premium of £1.5m
  • the grant of a 125-year lease of a local authority’s land to a property developer in order to construct a GP surgery
  • the sale of a newly converted residential property for £3.3m adjacent to St John’s Gardens, Westminster
  • the purchase of a 999-year lease of a retail premises on behalf of the trustees of a pension scheme for a premium of £1.1m
  • the lease renewal of the head office of a renowned travel operator
  • the winding up of a property company involving the disposal of three residential properties and associated land for the office holder of an insolvent estate, being one of the major accountancy firms.

Tom joined Debenhams Ottaway in 2018 as a qualified solicitor and was promoted to associate in 2021.

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Tom is a member of:

  • Hertfordshire Junior Lawyers Division
  • The Law Society
  • ICSA

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What Clients Say
  • As a small group of residents, finding ourselves in urgent need of representation in a very unusual land purchase situation, we were very impressed by Tom Marshall’s ability to provide fast and effective advice. He was clear in all his communication, keeping us all regularly informed during a fast moving situation. We would highly recommend him and Debenhams Ottaway for exceptional customer service.

    Natalie Henderson
  • Tom dealt with a sale of the three residential properties and associated land for me.  The sale had the potential to be problematic and time-consuming, however Tom was able to deal with all the queries and issues that arose efficiently and commercially, leading to the sale completing with minimal disruption.

    Jason Maloney, CVR Global
  • Tom dealt with the purchase of a high-value property purchased in the Crown Estate, Oxshott. I am a property investor and retailer. I have used many different law firms but I have found Tom always provides me with the service that I require and he takes the time to answer or return my calls in a prompt manner. The transaction was not the easiest to deal with but Tom provided advice to complete the transaction swiftly.      

  • I am delighted with the service I received from Tom Marshall of Debenhams Ottaway in the matter of extending the lease of my flat. He had to deal with the freeholder’s agents, the equity release company who had a charge on the property, the Land Registry and myself. This was all accomplished efficiently and quickly with no fuss and the vital information was provided clearly. For once it was a delighted to pay the fees. I will be happy to recommend Debenhams Ottaway to others.


    Jonathan Clapham
  • I was very pleased with the service I received from Tom during the sale of my property. He was very particular about every detail and always returned my calls promptly.

    Aby Solomon
  • Tom Marshall dealt with the conveyancing of our property in May 2018. He was extremely efficient and carried out the work expertly, promptly and pleasantly. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone wishing to use the services of a solicitor for this type of work.

    William Skelding
  • We embarked upon a really straightforward lease renewal of a commercial property. In a short time it dissolved into your worst nightmare, but thanks to Tom we got through it. He was always available for advice and help. His phone rarely went to voicemail and if it did he rang straight back. Together we were victorious.

    Julie Gazey, Gazey and American Associates Limited.
  • Many thanks for your exemplary service regarding the recent refinancing that you helped us with. You will always be our number one, for any legal issues we might have in the future.

    Paul Jory, Managing Director, Brandz Ltd
  • We are a large country estate with over 100 tenants, a mix of residential, commercial and agricultural. We have used Tom on a number of occasions to assist with drawing up tenancy agreements and for broader property advice and have been really pleased with his service. He responds quickly and with good, clear advice.

  • Tom dealt with the sale of our family home.  The sale was not straightforward as the estate was made up of a number of parcels of land and we also wanted to successfully transfer an employee to the new owners. The negotiations and discussions were a little complicated and intractable but Tom worked efficiently, confidently and calmly and was very helpful and clear with his advice. He was easy to contact by email and phone which made the sale less stressful, being able to have a sane discussion to provide a way forward.

    Philippa Dodgson
  • Tom was recommended to me and he has never disappointed. A brilliant young solicitor with a very bright future. Thank you so much Tom.

  • Tom helped me throughout the whole process of selling my property and purchasing a new one. He was always at the end of the phone if needed to answer every question.

  • The speediness to sort out issues that arose, keeping me constantly updated on the progression of the move and the friendliness and knowledge of the staff involved, particularly Tom.

    Greg Folgate