What is a trust? Trusts, famously used by the families of both Tony Blair and George Osborne, amongst thousands of others, are a perfectly legal way to help individuals pass wealth down the generations. Before you worry that you are about to get sucked into a tax avoidance scandal, Trusts have been used since the Crusades, and long out date any current tax law. They were originally designed for knights who left their property

As reported by Murcia Today, the Spanish property market is beginning to reflect the increasing number of mortgage registrations. The article below explains the situation in more detail, focusing particularly on the Region of Murcia.  If you have any questions about Spanish Property, contact Michael or Susana on 01727 858807 or email   

At Labrums, we are dedicated to providing the best service to each and every client and this is the key role of our Client Services Team (CST). CST look after clients as cases are opened and the regulatory documentation is completed. They also support our legal team, enabling them to provide high quality legal advice combined with excellent customer service.  Our clients will know members of CST well as they are the first people

As reported by Murcia Today, the recovery of the property market in Murcia is spreading, with the number of sales rising by 16.3%.  Source: Murcia Today If you have any questions about Spanish Property, contact Michael or Susana on 01727 858807 or email 

As reported by Murcia Today, mortgage registrations in Murcia, Spain, have increased in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year.  Source: Murcia Today If you have any questions about Spanish Property, contact Michael or Susana on 01727 858807 or email 

Did you lose your deposit when purchasing a Spanish property off plan? You could be in line for a pay out following a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court in Spain. It is reported that up to 100,000 UK investors could be paid as much as £20,000 each. This would total £2bn owed to Britons who lost money before 2008. The deposits paid to developers when purchasing off plan should have been paid into a bank account

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 carry out legal work for our clients; from those nine team members, the only “paper” that is held for all those cases fits into one four shelf cabinet.

Choose your tenants very, very, carefully We’re starting with a really obvious one, but it’s still worth highlighting. Once tenants are in possession of the property it will take time, and possibly court action, to remove them. There is also the important issue of mandatory immigration checks, so Landlords should obey three golden rules: Obtain original versions of documents

The sickie - the one or two days a year where some people are defeated by a hangover or plan a shopping trip and resort to calling into work sick. The question is, can an employee be dismissed because of it? The recent case of Metroline West Ltd v Mr Ajaj UKEAT/0185/15/RN looked at when is it 'fair' to dismiss an employee if the employer suspects the employee may be exaggerating their ailments. To give you a bit of background

It’s not long since we discussed the 12 metre wide sinkhole that suddenly appeared in St. Albans. If you missed it, take a look at our original article here. Since then, the residents have been forced to live in alternative accommodation whilst further survey work was undertaken on the cavity on Fontmell Close. It is hoped that the day of their return home is drawing nearer, as a report on the findings will be finalised within

On June 23rd, the UK will vote on whether or not it should remain in the EU. We’re sure you've already seen and read plenty about the potential pitfalls of both staying in the EU, and of opting out. However, not much has been written about potential effects to Spanish property should the British population vote to leave come the Brexit vote so here's a bit more information for you to digest.

We are delighted to welcome Karen Weiner to the Labrums team. After qualifying 25 years ago, Karen has specialised in Family Law for the past 18 years so she brings with her a wealth of experience in the sector. Family Law is the area Karen feels most passionate about because of the variety of personalities it allows her to work with and also because of the relationships she can build with her clients. She said:

Something we keep saying here at Labrums – “The future is coming, get ready.” And if Sir James Munby's prediction is correct, divorce may be the next thing to become digitised. The President of the Family Division told barristers that in future some court processes will be almost entirely digitised, citing online divorce and online probate as early examples. He said plans to digitise these proceedings could be initially

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

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

Susana Diez is the latest face to join the Labrum’s team. Susana is a Spanish solicitor who qualified in 1985 from Deusto University in Spain. She is a member of the Bilbao Bar, and has been a Registered European Lawyer with the Law Society since 1997. During her first post graduate years in Spain, she worked as a solicitor and a tax adviser for small companies and private individuals. Susana moved to England in

This January, Labrums is offering 20% off the normal cost of a will or Lasting Power of Attorney. It’s the new year. You’ve decided to lose weight, quit smoking, drink less etc. But have you promised yourself to get your affairs in order? Around half of the adult population don’t have a will. But why not if it's so important? Many people state they don't think they need one, that they believe they don't

Computer hacking is the great train robbery or jewellery heist of the 21st century. Traditional thefts such as chain-snatching and gold robbery now seem to be the petty thefts in comparison to hacking, which is constantly hitting the headlines. Hacking, commonly defined as breaking into computer systems with a view to access information, is a criminal offence and if found guilty it can hold a jail term of up to two years. These days

Labrums has welcomed a new face to their ever-expanding team - Iain Wanstall. Iain, who has over 19 years experience in law, will head up the later life, wills and probate team at the St Albans legal firm. Iain, who lives in Wendover, South Bucks, plans to expand the customer base of the practice, visiting people in their own homes in the St Albans area and further afield. He also plans to work with other professionals to

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.