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.
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
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.
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
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
Labrums Solicitors was one of the many nervous finalists attending the Herts Business Awards last night. Labrums was shortlisted for the Online innovator category, alongside Trademark Eagle, Business Film Booth, and The Beez Kneez Fitness. The judging panel, largely consisting of the event sponsors, including KPMG and Barclays Bank. After much anticipation, Labrums Solicitors was announced as the winner at the Knebworth
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 tick
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
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.
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
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.
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,
Labrums, solicitors in St Albans, is delighted to announce that it has won TWO gold awards in the inaugural Herts Digital Awards 2015. The law firm was the only company out of the finalists to receive two gold awards - despite being in the same room as a number of companies specialising in digital media. The event, held at the Holiday Inn in Stevenage, saw finalists go head to head in 14 categories. Labrums, based just outside of St Albans centre, was