Ivy House, 107 St Peter's Street, St Albans, AL1 3EW

Tel: 01727 837161   lawyers@debenhamsottaway.co.uk   https://www.debenhamsottaway.co.uk

Debenhams Ottaway is a multi-office law firm that helps businesses, individuals and families across the UK navigate legal challenges. We can also help you make the most of new opportunities, both in business and your personal life. Debenhams Ottaway have been operating for over two hundred years and our dedicated healthcare team have been helping entrepreneurs and business owners with all elements of operating a pharmacy. We provide the following services:

  • Acquiring or selling businesses – whether by way of a share sale or business sale.
  • Buying, selling, or renting property.
  • Obtaining finance and providing bank security.
  • Employing staff.
  • Dispute resolution.

Business owners also have personal requirements and as a multi-service law firm, we help with:

  • Wills, trusts, probate, and powers of attorney, which would cover the shares/interests held in pharmacy businesses.
  • Succession planning and exits.
  • Private wealth and estate planning.
  • Residential conveyancing.
  • Family matters such as child protection or divorce.


Many of our teams and individuals are highly ranked in the leading legal directories such as Chambers and the Legal500.

We are specialists in pharmacy sales and purchases headed by Andrew Yates, noted in the Legal500 as a leading individual in the field.

Read more about our healthcare team here: Healthcare Lawyers – Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors and about the different ways of buying and selling a business here: Buying and Selling a Business – Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors


For NPA members:

  • All NPA members will benefit from an initial free no obligation telephone consultation.
  • We can provide NPA members with virtual or face to face webinars/training on key legal issues.


Cost to members:

We offer a 10% discount on our standard hourly rates or fees to NPA members.

In relation to our costs, we have a philosophy of ‘no surprises’, i.e. we will not give you a low figure to win your business then increase it. That puts the onus on us to be as transparent and clear as possible in all aspects. We also endeavour to provide clients with pricing and payment choices. Depending on the type of work we offer fixed price options as well as time-based fee estimates.

For transactions, the options are as follows:

  • Estimate tied to our hourly rates – the traditional option with the time spent and thus fees reflecting how simple or complex the transaction turns out to be.
  • Fixed fee approach with clearly defined parameters, which would increase if the scope of work/heads of terms change during the relevant matter.
  • The third option is a variation on the above option – for complete cost certainty, this is a higher fixed fee, but which does not change even if unexpected (additional) work or complexities arise.

We look forward to collaborating with you on both your business and personal requirements.


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“Andrew Yates (corporate and commercial) has been very professional in dealing with the sale process, including ensuring that documents were turned around efficiently, queries answered appropriately and in a timely fashion and keeping us updated.  We are grateful to him for this.” Minel Gohil, Gohil Pharmacy
“They turned everything round very efficiently, I will recommend Debenhams Ottaway and the team and ask that the sales consultants at Hutchings do too.” Luke Williams, Associate Director at Hutchings Consultants
“I have used Debenhams Ottaway on a couple of occasions previously and it was the best decision I could have made. I dealt with Louise, and she and her team were superb, professional, courteous and I genuinely believe she cares about her clients and their legal outcomes. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and will certainly be using them in the future should I need their invaluable experience.” – Google review   
“…they are a very good team – a very strong corporate and commercial offering with a thorough grasp of the law while offering pragmatic commercialism which helps clients to achieve their goals.” Corporate and commercial, The Legal 500 UK 2023   
Debenhams Ottaway has “a multi-disciplinary practice covering a wide range of property areas. They provide a central London service for lower rates than their London competitors”. Commercial property, The Legal 500 UK 2023  
“From day one Debenhams Ottaway has been professional, extremely knowledgeable, patient and understanding, compassionate and caring but still straight to the point as is required, efficient and always on the ball. ​Originally Debenhams Ottaway were recommended to me and in turn I now highly recommend this firm.” ​ Google review   
“I can strongly confirm that Ruth Boulton (commercial property) has been outstanding and at times someone for me to let off steam. Ruth is an absolute gem and if I ever hear people needing a firm of lawyers for anything I will immediately be passing your details over.” David Wynn, Kings Cross Dental Clinic