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Some of UK’s best green spaces in St Albans District

Prestigious Green Flags are flying high at Verulamium Park, Bricket Wood Common, Clarence Park, Rothamsted Park, Sopwell Nunnery Green Space and Hatfield Road Cemetery. St Albans City and District Council parks and green spaces have again been recognised as some of the best in the UK. They are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green […]

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Neves Solicitors continues to grow at 150 years!

Appointment of two new partners to Neves Solicitors We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners at Neves Solicitors. This month, Trevor Kidd and Elizabeth McGlone will both become partners of the firm. Trevor is based in our Harpenden office and specialises in all types of residential property matters and joined Neves […]

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Pop-up museum tours St Albans

A pop-up exhibition to showcase the new £7.75 million museum in St Albans is to appear at four locations this summer. A Curious Conversation is organised by artist Lyndall Phelps and will feature eye-catching objects from the St Albans Museums’ collection. Thursday 13 July – St Paul’s Church, Blandford Road, Fleetville; Saturday 15 July – […]

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Teens and Tweens: Tips for Parents

Last week saw Rayden Solicitors host a panel of experts at our Supporting Teens and Tweens Seminar held at the Rothamsted Conference Centre. The panel featured Dr Lisa Barkley – Principal Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital; Sue Atkins – parenting expert and regular guest on ITV’s This Morning; Sharn Tomlinson – CEO of […]

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St Albans in Top 50 British Centres

The Harper Dennis Hobbs 2017 Vitality Ranking places St Albans in 15th place out of 1000 centres. The vitality ranking focuses on the type of retail offer and its suitability to the catchment area. The ranking sees St Albans move up 7 places since 2014. Hertfordshire has two centres in the top 50 with Berkhamsted […]

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Transforming a heritage building

The 7 Air Street development in the Regent Street area of central London is currently the U.K.’s most sustainable heritage building. It is also the first ever Grade II listed building to achieve an “Outstanding” rating by BREEAM, the highest award possible from the industry body that judges best practices for sustainability in the built […]

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WMT announced as finalists at the 2017 SME Hertfordshire Business Awards

WMT Chartered Accountants are delighted to announce nominations in not one, but two categories at the forthcoming SME Hertfordshire Business awards. The annual awards recognise hard-work, determination and enterprise in business. WMT are one of three finalists in the ‘Business of the Year Greater than 50’ category, sponsored by Clydesdale Bank. Nominees for this award […]

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What’s next for the property market?

Alastair Woodgate, Director of leading local chartered surveyors, Rumball Sedgwick, considers how the property market might respond to the General Election result. The housing market thrives on confidence. In the last couple of days property experts have been saying that the surprise General Election result will introduce more short-term uncertainty to the property market. Whilst […]

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Permission given for Judicial Review on planning issue

Permission to apply for a Judicial Review has been granted to St Albans City and District Council. The matter concerns a legal challenge related to the development of the Council’s Strategic Local Plan (SLP). Once formally agreed and adopted, the SLP will form a blueprint for building development in the District until 2031. The Council […]

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Making Tax Digital for business

Under proposed new rules for Making Tax Digital (MTD), it is likely that from April 2018, some property landlords, self-employed individuals and unincorporated partnerships will need to file quarterly information to HMRC using HMRC approved software. This will be phased in based on turnover thresholds (see below) and eventually most individuals and businesses will be […]

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Patent Box tax saving opportunities

Last year the Patent Box regime saved businesses £875m in corporation tax, a 17% increase in savings from the previous year. But could the tax breaks become even more attractive post-Brexit? The Patent Box regime, introduced to encourage UK businesses to invest in research and development (R&D), allows businesses to pay a substantially reduced corporation […]

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Green Triangle sponsors Food and Drink Festival Award

A pioneering new award that promotes careful use of natural resources has been added to this year’s St Albans Food and Drink Festival. The Green Triangle Award for Sustainability will give recognition to businesses that can show they are committed to improving the environment. Sponsor Green Triangle is a partnership of leading research, educational and […]

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What are the top 10 problems teens and tweens are facing today?

In advance of our Teens and Tweens seminar, Jennifer Moore has looked into what the key issues are today, from the perspective of Teens and Tweens themselves… 9 years ago, in response to a Yahoo “adolescent” thread What are the top 10 problems or worries that Teens face Today???  If you are a teen, what are […]

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Neves welcome solicitor Fasil Hussain!

New Company Commercial Solicitor – Fasil Hussain Neves Solicitors is expanding their company commercial department with the appointment of solicitor Fasil Hussain who will be based at their Milton Keynes office but will service the Luton and Harpenden offices as well. Fasil has acted for and assisted clients in share and asset acquisitions and disposals […]

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Everything but the kitchen sink?

Alastair Woodgate of Rumball Sedgwick, leading Chartered Surveyors in St Albans and Watford, looks at the difference between fixtures and fittings. What is reasonable to take, and what is not, when moving? There is no law about what should be left in a home, other than you should, of course, expect to leave or find […]

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St Albans Food and Drink Awards

Set taste buds tingling by nominating your favourite eatery, pub, shop and food and drink producers for the St Albans Food & Drink Awards 2017 Members of the public and businesses can put forward nominations for the awards until Sunday 28 May. You can nominate using the online form at www.enjoystalbans.com/foodanddrink. Award categories include: • Best Pub […]

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Deloitte staff saddle up to help Earthworks.

Deloitte staff saddle up to help St Albans based Earthworks. Two team members from Deloitte in St Albans are cycling the length of the UK in aid of charity.  Tim Waterhouse and James Baker will be riding over 100 miles a day for nine days as part of the Deloitte ‘Ride Across Britain’ challenge from […]

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#digisafe – Our role in helping society stay safe in a digital world

Top tips for staying safe online 1.Never give out your full Online Banking PIN, passcode or password to anyone – even a caller claiming to be from the police or your bank. 2.Don’t click on any link or open any attachments from an unsolicited email. 3.Avoid letting someone you don’t know have access to your […]

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Leading Intellectual Property firms merge to form Cleveland Scott York

Leading intellectual property firms, Cleveland IP and Scott & York IP Law, are to merge with effect from 1 April 2017. The combined firm will be known as Cleveland Scott York. Cleveland Scott York will bring together the strengths of Cleveland IP and Scott & York to create a firm which offers clients a greater […]

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Consultation draws to a close

A consultation about plans to protect key business and office space in the St Albans District is drawing to a close. Anyone interested in the initiative to protect business premises in certain areas from conversion into flats and houses has until Wednesday 17 May to give their views. St Albans City and District Council wants […]

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Sherrards celebrates new Partner promotions & St Albans office

Sherrards are delighted to announce the promotion of three Senior Associates to Partners – Stephanie Kierans, Barney Laurence and Mark Fellows – as of the beginning of April. Mark Fellows as Head of Employment has stepped forward into a Partnership role, while Stephanie Kierans has progressed to Partner in the Commercial Property team, and Barney […]

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AECOM is built to deliver a better world

AECOM provides creative and technical consultancy for some of the world’s most exciting development projects. It builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries with global revenues exceeding $17 billion. We help people to play an active role in shaping their future. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to […]

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Kingston Smith’s tax team named finalist in Tolley’s tax awards

Kingston Smith is delighted to announce that its tax team has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Tolley’s taxation awards for 2017. The award recognises the excellent levels of service, growth, innovation and client satisfaction which mark the practice out from its peers. The winners of the Tolley’s taxation awards will be decided […]

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Local apprentice wins apprentice of the year

Caitlin Sirkett, a second year actuarial apprentice who works in Aon’s St Albans office, won the apprentice of the year award 2017 at the Target Jobs’ National Graduate Recruitment Awards. Aecom, another employer in St Albans, picked up second place and third place went to an Aon insurance apprentice. Aon’s St Albans office currently offers actuarial […]

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Law Firm Raises over £5,500 for Local Charity in Single Night

The Hospice of St Francis was the worthy recipient of an impressive £5,500, raised at Rayden Solicitors’ annual quiz night last week at Old Albanians Rugby Club. Over 100 local and London based professionals had their considerable knowledge put to the test by the highly entertaining drag queen Rosie Glow who hosted this the firm’s […]

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Designs for leisure, culture and arts facilities in Harpenden

  St Albans City and District Council is now developing detailed designs for an integrated £18m leisure centre and adjacent arts facility ready for a planning application this October. In response to stakeholder feedback the designs aim to provide; Leisure Centre Increased swimming capacity and space for spectators with a larger learner pool, including a […]

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Spring Budget 2017 – What it could mean for your business?

Spring Budget 2017 What it could mean for your business? Learn how measures outlined in the Chancellor’s Budget announcement could affect your business. Open the link below for detailed analysis from our experts Read more

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Rayden Solicitors takes part in the Berkhamsted Half Marathon 2017

On Sunday 5 March 2017, a team from Rayden Solicitors took part in the Berkhamsted half marathon. The race followed a challenging and hilly route through the beautiful Chiltern countryside and started and finished at Berkhamsted Cricket Club. The Raydens team, comprised of Lehna Hewitt, Jennifer Moore, Kevin Danagher and Che Meakins, all finished the […]

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Argos Limited fails to gain control of argos.com domain name

This 362 paragraph decision is a good source of discussion for a wide range of UK/EU trade mark law. It does appear to have been an ‘epic fail’ for Argos Limited, who must have spent very large sums of money on this action (including 6 days in Court) in their aim to acquire the domain […]

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Protected pension pots and auto enrolment

You should advise your auto enrolment (AE) administrator if your pension pot is protected to avoid seriously damaging your pension planning. Your AE administrator is responsible for assessing the workforce to identify who should be auto enrolled into a qualifying scheme. They will also make sure the right contributions are made by the right people […]

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The Helen Bailey case: a timely reminder

The successful children’s author Helen Bailey was murdered by her fiancé, Ian Stewart. Stewart was found guilty by a jury at St Albans Crown Court on 22 February 2017 after a seven week trial. He was sentenced to a minimum term of 34 years in prison. The details of the murder are harrowing. Stewart drugged Ms […]

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Workplace pensions – re-enrolling employees

Every three years, employers have to re-enrol certain employees in the company’s auto enrolment compliant pension scheme. Your re-enrolment obligations are broadly the same as your auto enrolment staging responsibilities. Before you enter the process, it’s worth reviewing how it is running and what it is costing your business. Here are some questions to help […]

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Employment Limits – Yearly Review

Every year the Government revise the various limits applicable to sums payable or due in an employment context. It is imperative that employers are aware of these changes to make sure that they are completely aware of the responsibilities, as well as the possible dangers they may face with regards to their employees. The changes […]

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Aon has been recognised as a Top 10 Company by LGBT Awards!

Aon has been recognised as a Top 10 Company by the NatWest British LGBT Awards! The awards – dubbed the ‘Gay Oscars’ by the press – celebrate the UK’s most loved LGBT personalities, innovators, and companies and last year, were the UK’s most publicised LGBT event. It’s a real honour to be recognised in the […]

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Year end P11D forms – what employers need to know

As the end of the tax year approaches, we thought we’d remind you of the important changes made to the reporting of benefits under the P11D regime, so you can check your processes are in good shape. The main changes took effect from the beginning of this tax year, 6 April 2016: P11D reporting dispensations […]

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Who pays the mortgage? Who pays the legal fees?

When I see new clients embarking on a separation, one of the first questions will be who will continue paying for what, and who is responsible for the legal fees. Mortgage and household costs In relation to the payment of the mortgage, there are various answers to this.  If there is already an established status […]

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Payment practices in the spotlight

Companies who demonstrate poor payment practices will be named and shamed under new regulations aimed at helping small business cash-flow. The government has identified late payment as being harmful to supplier’s cash-flow.  In extreme cases, and particularly for small businesses, this can cause insolvency. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued draft […]

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Mackenzie Friend or Mackenzie Foe

The BBC news website is currently running a story about Rupinda Randhawa. She was in the midst of a legal disagreement with Social Services, who were pressing to put her youngest children forward for adoption. Rather than seek specialist legal advice, Rupinda had approached a “professional McKenzie Friend” who, for a cost, promised to assist […]

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Unified Patent Court – Update

There has been a change of minister for IP, and signs that the government intends to pursue a “hard Brexit”, since it was announced that the UK would proceed with ratifying the UPCA.  However, it appears that UK ratification is still intended and preparations are continuing. Background The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is a proposed […]

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Sherrards raises a glass to global success

In 2016, Sherrards was awarded ‘UK (London) International Trade Advisory Firm of the Year’ through the ACQ Global Awards – the first time the firm has won such an accolade. This tops off another great year for the firm, in which the Litigation team was awarded, ‘England – Litigation Law Firm of the Year’ from […]

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The trade landscape post-Brexit : Preparing the ground

The June 2016 EU referendum, and the vote by the British public to leave the European Union after more than 40 years of membership, was a momentous event.  This is likely to have a number of effects on UK corporates for many years to come. Barclays have put together an updated Brexit Brochure which rounds up […]

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Time for change for cohabitation laws?

Supreme Court landmark win to change discrimination against marital status. Today saw the landmark victory for Denise Brewster who won her Supreme Court appeal for judicial review of the rules which govern public sector pensions for unmarried couples. Denise Brewster was in a cohabiting relationship with her long term partner Lenny McMullan who died suddenly […]

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The Barclays Business Sentiment Survey

In the general economic climate, the various uncertainties around and how businesses are feeling at the moment we thought you might be interested in the attached report. It is the result of research Barclays commissioned in November where the Bank asked over 1,000 businesses for their views on the current economic environment, as well as the […]

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St Albans Abbey Connectivity Shuttle launch event

A new shuttle bus service is being launched to connect St Albans Abbey station with St Albans City station.  The service will be timed with arrivals and departures from St Albans Abbey station. Hertfordshire County Council plan to launch the new service at 13:00hrs pm on 3rd February. More details to follow.

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Neves Solicitors expand their family department

Neves Solicitors is expanding their family department with the appointment of solicitor Olivia Lowen who will be based at their Harpenden and Luton offices. Olivia is a newly qualified solicitor but has been with the firm since 2014 and completed her training with Neves. Olivia has nearly 7 years’ experience in legal matters, most of […]

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The marketing director’s guide to protecting your intellectual property

As a business owner, you’ve got a million and one things to think about. With a to-do list as long as your arm, there are always those niggly jobs that get pushed to the back of the queue on a regular basis. But one thing you ignore at your peril is intellectual property (IP). Without […]

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Autumn Statement does not spell an end to tax-advantaged employee share schemes

During his Autumn Statement last month, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the tax advantages linked to employee shareholder status (ESS) shares were to be abolished for arrangements entered into on or after 1 December 2016 (or, in limited circumstances, 2 December 2016), with the status itself being closed to new arrangements ‘at the next legislative […]

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Resolution family lawyers lobby in Parliament

Debenhams Ottaway family lawyers Helen Young and Helen Clyne joined other Resolution members to lobby in Parliament on 30 November. Resolution represent 6,500 family justice professionals committed to supporting clients to reach non-confrontational resolutions to family disputes. The main aim of the lobby day was to meet with MP’s to promote Resolution’s calls for change […]

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Dates for major City Centre events in 2017

  The Alban Street Festival will take place on Sunday 25 June.  This will include live music, dancers and street performers, arts and craft stalls. The 10th St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival to showcase the District’s thriving food and drink will be held on Saturday 23 September to Monday 2 October 2017. […]

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St Albans Young Professionals try Public Speaking

Despite the freezing temperatures and dark night, the City of Expertise local young professionals made the journey to Westminster Lodge for an evening of networking and public speaking training. The group was joined by Dee Clayton, a multi-award winning presentation skills trainer who specialises in helping professionals, managers and directors improve their presentation skills and […]

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Profiting from innovation with the Patent Box

Over 700 companies benefitted from £350m in tax relief through the Patent Box regime in the 12 months to September 2016. Businesses in the regime have reported tax relief of £67k to £1.45m per year and can continue to benefit until 2021, if they retain their registration. But what has it cost them to establish […]

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UP and UPC – What are They?

“UP” stands for “Unitary Patent”, which is more properly the “European Patent having Unitary Effect”. “UPC” stands for the “Unified Patent Court”. Together, they are the latest attempt to provide a single common patent system for the EU. A Brief History Attempts to provide a single patent for the single market go back almost to […]

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Warning on Government’s ‘risky’ online legal tool

A recent report published by a coalition of organisations led by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) warns that a Government online tool to create Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA), and other DIY legal tools without seeking professional legal advice, comes with severe repercussions. An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows you to appoint […]

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City of Expertise attend Beaumont School Careers Fair

8th November 2016 This morning the City of Expertise attended the Beaumont School Careers Fair giving guidance and advice to aspiring young individuals. In attendance were representatives from Rayner Essex, St Albans Council, Debenhams Ottaway, Aitchison Raffety and Neves Solicitors.

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St Albans Christmas Market

  St Albans knows a thing or two about markets, having one of the oldest regular markets in the UK, dating back to the 9th century. So what better City to hold a European-style Christmas Market? The 2016 Christmas Market will run from Thursday 24th November to Sunday 18th December 2016

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St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On

Entertainment throughout the city to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season. You can choose which one of four switch-on events suits your style: Enjoy Panto stars at the Alban Arena, music on the St Peter’s Street stage, festive brass at the Clock Tower or after-hours entertainment at the Christmas Market Sunday 27th […]

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Sherrards’ Private Client awarded Tier 1 Ranking in Legal 500

  Sherrards Private Client department has been ranked as a ‘Tier One’ department in industry recognised legal services guide Legal 500 referring to them as a ‘first rate’ team. The team lead by Solicitor and Head of the department Nicole Marmor, has been ranked for their work across trusts, personal tax, and probate services. The […]

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The Creative Vision Award for Charities is now open!

Now in its third year, the Creative Vision Award offers charities the chance to win their own short animated brand film, worth an estimated £150,000. With online now the most powerful medium used worldwide, a short brand film is one of the most effective means of promoting your charity’s message. Last night we unveiled the […]

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Hertfordshire professionals get up to speed on planning

Town planning regulation was discussed at the latest Real Estate Around London (REAL) event. The event began with a presentation from Giles Ferin, Planning Law Solicitor, at Sherrards. Giles presented a history of the evolution of planning legislation, focusing on the early days of the coalition government through to the Housing and Planning Bill 2016. […]

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Quickie Divorce

TV and showbiz media was alive this morning with news that Cheryl Fernandez-Versini had received a “quickie divorce”. In the articles I read, this was presented as if Cheryl had been able to achieve something special due to her celebrity status when, actually, nothing is further from the truth. The reality is that every person […]

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‘Exporting for beginners’ event for SMEs

‘Exporting for beginners’ Event On 2 November 2016, Hertfordshire Growth Hub is hosting a FREE practical workshop in partnership with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and the Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI) for Hertfordshire SMEs Avoid the common pitfalls with exporting Prepare for handling export orders Expand their markets Location/Timings: Venue: BioPark, Broadwater Road, Welwyn […]

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St Albans City Train Station Update

Timetable consultation launched on Thursday 15 September. Closes at 17:00 on Thursday 8 December 2016. For information, please see the attached briefing note from HCC on the 2018 Thameslink timetable consultation. The full consultation documents are available at: www.thameslinkrailway.com/your-journey/timetable-consultation which closes on the 8th December The on- line response is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2018timetableconsultation There is a station […]

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Local family law solicitors top in industry rankings

Specialist family law firm, Rayden Solicitors, have been recognised as the only “top tier” firm for family law in Hertfordshire for the second year running. The Legal 500 is an industry directory that puts together an annual list of the best firms based on recommendations from both fellow professionals and clients. The Legal 500 says […]

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Rayden Solicitors takes part in the St Albans Legal Walk 2016

On Monday 12 September 2016, a team from Rayden Solicitors took part in the sponsored St Albans Legal Walk. The 10km walk followed a leafy route through Verulamium Park and around St Albans and was led by Claire Sharp, Chair of the Hertfordshire Law Society and Stelio Stefanou, the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire. Walkers gathered […]

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Hertfordshire office markets on the up

Headline office rents are growing across Hertfordshire, according to Lambert Smith Hampton’s latest quarterly UK Office Market Pulse. During the 12 months to the end of June, Hemel Hempstead saw out-of-town prime headline rents rise 25% to £25.00 per sq ft, with Watford seeing a rise of 29% to £27.00 per sq ft. This makes […]

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Cyber Fraud – Prevention Update

We continue to see an increasing number of cyber related attacks on clients, and the unfortunate fact is that some of these do prove successful. With the holiday season upon us and the potential for businesses to be running with reduced numbers and skeleton staff there is no doubt that the fraudsters may see this period as a new […]

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