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Debenhams Ottaway

48 WATLING STREET, RADLETT, WD7 7NN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01923 857171
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Fax 01923 854840
DX:
89550 RADLETT
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Web:
http://www.debenhamsottaway.co.uk
Radlett, St Albans

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway provides 'a high quality of advice without the need to pay London fees', making it a natural choice for clients within the region as well as further afield, particularly in the healthcare, charities and recruitment arenas. Clients include Europa Components & Equipment and Fujitsu. In a highlight transaction, Andrew Yates ('always very helpful and goes out of his way to understand clients' requirements') acted for the sellers on the disposal of a majority shareholding in a company that provide educational support services and practice aptitude tests. On the commercial front, consultant David Silver is assisting RPP Franchise, the owner of the Roosters Piri Piri restaurant franchise, on the expansion of its overseas operations, which involved developing a suite of contracts, including a franchise development agreement, a master franchise agreement, and a sub-franchise agreement.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway is 'a very accomplished and professional firm, whose core values of commercialism, transparency, effectiveness and good communication inspire confidence'. intellectual property, professional negligence and insolvency disputes are all mainstays for the practice, which also experienced an increase in technology and construction cases. Recent highlights for Luke Harrison's team include defending Fairgate Developments  in a £1.7m damages claim arising from the alleged wrongful termination of a project manager's contract, and acting for the trustee in bankruptcy in proceedings to secure assets of the bankruptcy and claw back antecedent transactions. Also recommended are associate Louise Worton, partner Juliet Schalker, who joined from Rosling King LLP, and IP disputes specialist Rosie Patterson, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway's 'excellent' employment practice is singled out by clients for 'matching expectations both in terms of expected outcomes and keeping legal costs down'. Headed by Louise Attrup  (who 'outshines employment lawyers in other local firms - her industry knowledge and applied advice are always first-rate'), the practice acts for owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and SMEs on disciplinary and grievance procedures, redundancy and restructuring exercises, Employment Tribunal claims, restrictive covenants and data theft issues. Key clients include Brook Street, for which Attrup recently advised on issues arising from case law concerning pay for workers, mainly in the care sector. Michael Kerrigan regularly acts for clients in the healthcare and education sectors.

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South East: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Debenhams Ottaway

The 'small, but well-run and competent' personal injury practice of 'long-established firm' Debenhams Ottaway 'has a good reputation', particularly for its 'consistently excellent service, quality of care and level of attention paid to cases'. The team's major focus area is employment-related accidents, including manual handling and work at heights, resulting in complex orthopaedic injuries or amputations; it also covers slips, trips and falls, occupiers' and public liability, road traffic accidents and fatal cases. 'Very experienced, committed and reliable' key practitioner Howard Kent represented a claimant who suffered a spinal injury while working in production on a film set, and further acted for a construction worker who suffered pelvic, hip, leg, ankle, abdominal and psychiatric injuries in a £150,000 claim against his employer and the main contractor company on site.

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway's charities team is praised for providing 'appropriate advice on a timely basis at a reasonable price', and is considered 'a local leader' among clients. The practice acts for a number of well-known local and national charities, including The St Albans Diocesan Board of Finance and Crohn's and Colitis UK, on a broad range of issues spanning trusts, employment, property and litigation. It also advises a number of independent schools on their charitable status. In an illustration of the practice's track record providing commercial advice to charitable organisations, it recently assisted Crohn's and Colitis UK with the creation of a consultancy agreement template for freelancers and consultants who act on behalf of the charity, and reviewing and amending two contracts for services in relation to a media campaign. Practice head Nicholas Turner for his 'practical approach and ability to spot potential problems'. He is ably assisted by real estate specialists Ruth Boulton and Jonathan Foy, and senior associate Andrew Yates, who provides corporate advice to incorporated charities.

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Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway fields 'a very high-quality family law outfit' that is noted for its 'ability to offer a good service to those with a limited budget'. The practice advises on the full range of family law work, with an emphasis on high-net-worth and complex financial cases and divorce proceedings, as well as cases involving children, often with international issues. Helen Young heads the practice and 'runs a very tight and happy ship'. She has more than 20 years' experience handling multimillion-pound cases, as well as advising on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial proceedings and issues involving children. Also recommended are Richard Gilbert, who has 'a sound knowledge of the law, provides pragmatic advice and has an excellent bedside manner'; Belinda Strange, who regularly handles high-value and complex issues for London-based clients; and Adam Paterson, who is 'hardworking, client friendly and has very good judgement'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway attracts praise for its 'outstanding service - the team is swift, effective and extremely knowledgeable'. The practice advises on a wide range of personal tax matters, from inheritance tax and estate planning, setting up and administering trusts, and probate and estate administration, to lifetime planning matters including assisting with lasting powers of attorney, Court of Protection and professional deputyship work, and elderly care work. Practice head Susan Glenholme handles all aspects of private wealth management including wills, tax planning, probate and estate administration. Also recommended are Claire Sharp, who manages a number of trusts ranging from life interest trusts to large discretionary trusts; and Nicholas Turner, who is praised for his 'real commitment to and understanding of client needs'.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Turner - Debenhams Ottaway

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway acts for local, national and multinational clients (including Fujitsu, AXA UK and Svenska Handelsbanken) on a wide variety of commercial property matters, from landlord and tenant issues to secured lending, property development and sales and purchases of owner occupied and investment property. The real estate practice has a strong focus on secured lending matters, where it acts for a number of banks on commercial property financings. It also has a strong reputation in the hospitality, charities and ecclesiastical sectors. Recent highlights include advising Cosmic Securities on the purchase of a portfolio of five properties, which involved the parallel completion of subsales agreed between exchange and completion; acting for Fujitsu General on the renewal of the lease of its UK headquarters; and acting for Cupcake Clothing on its purchase of new headquarters in St Albans. Ruth Boulton heads the practice, which includes Jonathan Foy, senior associate Neil Mercer, and associate Sandra Moore, who joined the firm in 2017.

Leading individuals

Ruth Boulton - Debenhams Ottaway

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