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

Flooding is becoming an increasing problem and needs to be considered when buying or leasing a property. Things to think about: Flooding can cause "contaminants" to migrate from one property to another If you own property next to a river, then at law you are obliged to accept flood flows from elsewhere. You are also obliged to keep the banks clear from obstructions if they cause increased flood risk Insurers may

You are at your first auction, you get swept up with all the excitement, and make your bid. You have been successful. What can go wrong? The answer is plenty. Some of the legal problems that you may encounter include: Leases not registered at the Land Registry, so they are void which damages investment values Recent covenants blocking development Undisclosed legal proceedings to forfeit the main lease of the building Vat payable,

This year marks the 7th annual campaign by Remember a Charity with this year`s theme being “Pass on Something Legendary”.  The campaign follows on from last year`s very successful “Extreme Will Writing Campaign”, which featured a number of volunteers including our own Iain Wanstall  (while at his previous firm,) writing new Wills to leave legacies to charities – while sky diving!  Watch the

Following Woolway v Mazars, the Supreme Court ruled that where a tenant in a building in multiple occupation occupied two floors that were not adjoining/contiguous, each floor was a separate unit of property for rating purposes. Had the two floors been treated as one, the occupier might have saved some money. Sometimes, the rate able value of one merged unit can be less than the total value of the two (or more) individual units.  

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 moreclick 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

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

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these national awards as we have already won regional awards for our Blogs, Responsive Website and Online Innovation. The Law Society have said: “The names of the brightest and best from the solicitor profession have been unveiled by the Law Society of England and Wales in their 10th annual Excellence Awards shortlist. The awards are a recognition of the commitment, enthusiasm and

Given interacting on-line is an increasingly important part of our daily lives, there is a growing risk of your property being fraudulently sold or mortgaged by criminals. There are two things you can do to help protect your property from being stolen from you or used as security if your property is already registered with the Land Registry: Track changes to the register You can sign up with the Land Registry to

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

At Labrums, we know how stressful it can be to buy or sell a house. That's why we make it our mission to be as approachable and as helpful to our clients as possible. Take a look at our video below to find out how our Residential Conveyancer, Collette, goes the extra mile for our clients.  If you would like any help or advice then call us on 01727 858807 and we’ll do everything we can to make sure

The latest property sales figures show that Murcia is one of the leading regions in Spain in terms of growth. Read more in the excerpt from Murcia Today below. If you have any questions about Spanish Property, contact Michael or Susana on 01727 858807 or email    

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