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Spanish National day

Susana is attending a reception at the Spanish Embassy in London today for the Spanish National day, known as Hispanic Day or Fiesta Nacional de Espana.   This national holiday remembers the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. Columbus was trying to find a western sea route to India. On 12 October 1492 land was spotted, having left the Canary Islands five weeks earlier. They made landfall at an island in the…

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Susana meets King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain

Susana met King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain yesterday at the Spanish Embassy in London. Susana attended with her husband and daughter, who managed to get a selfie with Queen Letizia. It was a momentous day for all who attended.   The last State Visit from Spain to the UK was in 1986 by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.   Read more about Susana here              

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Susana to meet the King and Queen of Spain during their state visit to the UK this week

King Felipe VI, accompanied by Queen Letizia of Spain, has accepted an invitation from The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from 12th to 14th July this year. They will visit Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace.   The last State Visit from Spain to the UK was in 1986 by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.   On the morning of 12th July, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will greet the couple at their hotel on behalf…

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To mark Armed Forces Day – Get to know a bit more about Iain Wanstall

Everyone at Labrums would like to wish all those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, or have served in the past, and their families, all the very best for this year`s Armed Forced Day celebrations. We would also like to thank you for the valued services you are carrying out now, and have carried out in the past.   Our head of private client and later life services, Iain Wanstall, spent his first career in the Army before changing…

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We’re Hiring- Residential Property Solicitor

We have an opportunity for a Residential Property Solicitor to join us.   Our business continues to grow so if you want to work in an environment where you can deliver high levels of expertise and service to clients, whilst working flexibly and using the latest technology and working practices, contact us today.   Our office is in the beautiful St Albans countryside where you can work or see clients but we also have the systems to allow…

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Our approach to conducting negotiations with another solicitor

  When conducting negotiations with another party's solicitor, there is no point in being dogmatic, or trapping him or her in a metaphorical corner. A client will not appreciate a negotiating stalemate. Ego can also be a problem in negotiations -it can often cloud judgment, or raise expectations prematurely, or set one up for an almighty fall! In the context of complex contracts, options or commercial leases, it is often best to agree heads…

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We’re Hiring- Apprentice, Clients Services Team Manager & Solicitors

We have an opportunity for a young person to join us as an Apprentice and are working with Oaklands College to provide an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business Administration level 2. To find out more click here.     We are also about to post an Ad for someone to join us to manage our Client Services Team (CST), so if you have excellent attention to detail, customer service and supervisory experience, contact us today.   Last but…

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The benefits to clients of us being virtually paperless

As a client the top ten things you will benefit from are below. You will get: A cost effective service A speedier response Quicker access to your Solicitor & the Client Services Team Access that is not be restricted to “9-5” Electronic communication Electronic documentation Secure communications & faster turnaround times than paper post The ability to scan and email documents back to us An uncluttered, clear desk environment if…

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Race for Life Success for Labrums Ladies

  We couldn’t be prouder of the Labrums Ladies after another fantastic performance in this year’s St Albans Race for Life. The team, made up of Teresa, Michelle, Charlotte, Katie, and Mia, raised nearly £370 for Cancer Research UK.   Special congratulations must go to Katie, who finished 2nd in the 5k race - a fantastic achievement. It was also Teresa's 14th time participating in the Race for Life and it certainly…

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Labrums - The Paperless Law Firm

  If you haven’t spotted it on our social media profiles, we are celebrating National Green Office Week this week, between the 9th and 14th of May.   Being environmentally friendly is something we at Labrums take very seriously. For the past five years, we’ve operated as a “paperless” office; something almost unheard of within the legal sector.   There are currently nine members of our team who deal with the…

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Labrums Embracing New Technology

  We are delighted to continue our innovative approach and use of technology to communicate with our clients by using The Link App to keep our clients up to date.    The Link App is a revolutionary communication tool that connects us to our client’s smartphone application and is free for them to use. We use The Link App to save clients time and money by providing real time progress on their case, reducing…

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Steeped in History

  Labrums is proud to be located in an area steeped in history.   As more new members of staff join the team, and people move to the area, we thought we would put together a little history of the area.   Sopwell House, opposite the Labrum’s offices, was built on the site of Sopwell Priory following the dissolution of the monasteries.   Legend has it that two local women lived as hermits beside the river and in…

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Labrums: 2015 - A Year In Review

After setting targets to aim for at the start of the year, no one could predict the success that Labrums Solicitors has received.   With four acclaimed awards under their belt, an appearance on the radio, Labrums has now become one of the only legal firms in the UK to successfully win a test case in Spain.   Michael Labrum, senior partner, said: “At the beginning of the year we sat down and set out some targets.   “We set…

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Viva Espana

Labrums Solicitors has had a phenomenal year - and next year is shaping up to be another big one.   With an office due to come online in Murcia next year, the Spanish Services department of the legal firm is due to take the firm international.   But that is not the only good news the firm has received in Spain… Labrums is now believed to be the first legal firm in the UK to help clients without bank guarantees recoup their deposits…

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Did you see us in the news?

Did you see Labrums featured in the Herts Advertiser?   If not, here are the four pages that featured in the publication about the Herts Business Awards and our award for Online Innovator.   Hertfordshire Digital Awards ad.

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Unwanted Attention

Did you know that bullying can be classed as harassment - which carries a criminal penalty of up to six months in prison?   Although there is no precise legal definition, conduct under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 states that harassment is defined as alarming a person or causing a person distress.   Before you assume that sounds pretty harmless, harassment is a criminal offence.   Not only does it cover actions, the Act…

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Labrums On Air

Following on from their recent win at the Herts Business Awards, Labrums Solicitors were invited on to Radio Verulam to talk about how they have embraced digital technology.   Labrums, based in St Albans, have had an incredible year - winning four awards for their digital approach to business in a sector traditionally seen as old fashioned.   The law firm, which also celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has been leading the way in…

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Sibling Rivalry

Age and ill health bring many financial problems for families.   But one of the unnecessary strains is when siblings squabble over how their parent’s cash is being spent and alleged abuses of powers of attorney.   The scenarios where this is the case are easily imagined.   Typically, an elderly parent is in care, or being cared for at home and to some degree is incapacitated.   The children all play their roles to help things…

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It’s all in the detail

When it comes to contracts, how many of us can say they have read all the small print?   It is the fine print that can make the difference between paying a fair rent on a business premises, or paying more than the market value.   Michael Labrum, senior partner at Labrums Solicitors, said: “I have been revising a commercial lease for an Indian restaurant.   “In the past they have used a standard commercial lease agreement…

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London calling

Ricky Gervais recently put his stunning London house on the market for £7.7M - but sales of homes in the capital have plummeted nearly a quarter year-on-year.   According to the Land Registry, London saw a 23% decline in sales this year.   Across England and Wales 851 homes were sold for over £1million in January, a 19% fall compared with January last year, when 1,049 properties in this bracket were snapped up.   Stamp…

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The hidden truth

Environmental searches, introduced in the 1990s, help potential homeowners identify possible problems before money and contracts are exchanged.   Use of the land hundreds of years ago can have a huge impact today. Unfortunately no one realises this more than the residents of Fontmell Close in St Albans.   On 1 October, residents of the suburban street had to evacuate their homes when a massive sinkhole measuring 66ft wide and 33ft deep…

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Where there's a will...

Having a will isn’t just a case of a tick box exercise. A good will is a document which will protect you and your family’s investments.   Michael Labrum, of Labrum’s Solicitors, said: “I saw a client who wanted me to look at the will that had been drawn up for him and his wife before they signed it.   “He had been to a will writing company because he thought they would be better and cheaper.   “On…

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Making the right decision

If someone leaves everything to someone they have just met is it because they have lost mental capacity, or are they just in love?   At what point should you consider whether you are incapable of making your own decisions?   This is a very delicate matter with lots of grey areas.   There are a number of reasons why you might need someone to make decisions for you or act on your behalf.   It could just be temporary. For example,…

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Icebreaker event hailed a success

  An icebreaker breakfast, ahead of tonight’s Herts Digital Awards, has been hailed a success by its hosts.   Labrums Solicitors organised the networking breakfast at the impressive Knebworth House barns for fellow finalists and local businesses to meet ahead of this evening’s awards at the Holiday Inn, Stevenage .     Labrums are finalists in four categories of the awards - including ‘responsive website’,…

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Let's get together - Your invite to our FREE awards networking breakfast

  Labrums are hosting a free breakfast ice breaker event for fellow finalists of the Herts Digital Awards and local businessmen and women.   The event, on Thursday 24 September - the morning of the awards - will begin at 8.00am at Knebworth Barns Conference Centre in Knebworth and will conclude at approximately 9.30am.   The delicious breakfast buffet is complimentary for ticket holders. The morning meeting is an opportunity for finalists…

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Home sweet home

Have you heard of Air BnB? It’s a site for people to list, discover and book unique accommodation around the world - whether it’s a flat for the night, a castle for the week or  villa for a month.   However, for landlords putting their property on the website it comes with hidden dangers, says Michael Labrum, senior partner at Labrums Solicitors.   In legal terms, this action is called subletting. Subletting (or subleasing)…

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Virtually Paperless

The clichéd impression of a law firm office, stacked to the ceiling with manilla files and an overflowing intray, couldn’t be further from the truth for one St Alban’s law firm.   Labrums solicitors, which celebrates 25 years in business this year, has run a paperless office for the last four years.   The company was one of the first businesses - let alone legal firms - to make the change from clutter to cloud.  …

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Celebrating 25 years

An innovative paperless law firm in St Albans is celebrating 25 years of business.   Labrums Solicitors, based at New Barnes Mill in Cottonmill Lane was established by Michael Labrum in 1990.   Michael, who is not afraid to think outside the box, is a trailblazer in the profession. He and his team have run a paperless office for the past four years, and the firm is currently finalist in four digital award categories of the Hertfordshire…

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Labrums are leading the way

Labrums Solicitors has been shortlisted as finalists in four categories in the inaugural Hertfordshire Digital Awards.   Judges for the award, which will be held on 24th September 2015 at the Holiday Inn in Stevenage, shortlisted the St Alban's legal firm in four categories - more than any other entrant.   Teresa Crowley, Practice Manager said: “We are delighted that the judges have recognised the effort we have put into keeping…

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Running for a Good Cause

Staff from Labrum's Solicitors joined the 'pink army' on Sunday when they took part in the St Alban's Race For Life.   The team of three, including Teresa Crowley, Katie Chaplin and Michelle Devine-Steel, pulled on their trainers and as much pink clothing as they could manage for the event, in support of Cancer Research UK.   The 'Labrum Ladies' completed the event at Verulamium Park in St Albans and raised a fantastic…

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Property Solicitor needed to join the Labrums team

  This is an opportunity for a Residential/Commercial Property Solicitor to come and work in our spacious offices at St Albans.   The role would suit you if you are 0-3 years PQE, have excellent IT skills and want to join an innovative, growing, CQS accredited firm.   Also, if you would like to:   Give clients excellent service Ensure clients are offered solutions and have peace of mind Work with a firm that is embracing technology…

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Looking to Join the Labrums Team?

    Labrums offers its Consultant Solicitors a unique opportunity to achieve a perfect work/life balance and personal/professional goals. Our spacious offices are in St Albans so there is a choice to work from home or in a paperless modern office or a mixture of both. Consultants deal with a variety of cases or can specialise in a particular area of law. Reward is on a percentage fee split with additional reward for bringing in work/clients.…

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Will Aid - Make a Will , Make a Difference

We are pleased to see that our total amount raised for Will Aid 2014 was : £24,779   For further information on Will Aid or to make an appointment to make a will, call us on 01727 858807 or email us on the Contact Page.          

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This Week at Labrums

An update from Michael Labrum   This week, I am preparing a shareholders agreement for two friends who are setting up a new business. It will set up how they will work together as shareholders and directors and what will happen if anything goes wrong. A little time and money spent now should help avoid a lot of expenses and problems in the future.   Team News   Some of the Labrums team visited the Modern Day Law Conference on Wednesday,…

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Red Nose Day at Labrums

As it's Red Nose Day this week, we got into the spirit of things by baking a batch of homemade cakes to sell in our office and donning our red noses.   Comic Relief is a fantastic charity that we are proud to support so we hope they manage to achieve their target of raising more than £1 billion in total donations on Friday.   We would love to see how you are getting involved with Red Nose Day. We'll retweet all of our favourite…

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This Week at Labrums

  An update from Michael Labrum   I have just received instructions on a case which on initial reading seems simple. It is a dispute regarding the payment of an invoice. However, it is far more complex when you look at it as the invoice is for goods made abroad and supplied to the UK. Therefore, there are initial questions to answer about which country’s law applies and where the contract was made.    It could have been…

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Welcome from Michael

I am delighted to launch our new website and mark my 25 years of practice in St Albans. You now have an opportunity to meet the whole team at Labrums who are ready to help you. You will see the services and experience available and I hope we can be of help to you, your family and friends shortly.

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Our Charities

We are proud to support the following charities:   Macmillan Cancer Support    Will Aid   Rennie Grove Hospice Care   Remember a Charity   If you need more information on our online services, please call 01727 858807 or send us an enquiry by email.

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Will Aid - Make a Will, Make a Difference

We are pleased to see that our total amount raised for Will Aid 2013 was: £3,348.75 Our donations for 2014 are yet to be confirmed.   We will be donating our time and expertise again later this this year.   For further information on Will Aid or to make an appointment to make a will, call us on 01727 858807 or email us on the Contact Page.  

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Macmillian Cancer support

We hold annual coffee mornings as part of the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning and have raised just over £700, which surpassed everyone's expectations. We are grateful to everyone who supported us and enjoyed the wonderful cakes!   Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all, so our support and…

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