5 steps to working safely

We can confirm we have complied with government guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19. For more information visit 5 steps to working safely.

We are open, and here to help.

Following the updated government advice, we are continuing to restrict access by visitors to our offices. We will keep in touch with you via phone and email rather than face to face appointments where possible.If a visit is necessary we have procedures in place to keep you, and us, safe.

Our staff are all back in the office (we are keeping them safe) although some of our team are working from home for part of the week. We remain available to deal with existing and new clients.

Thank you for your patience and your support. Stay well

Commercial Property Advice: Free consultations
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on both commercial landlords and tenants we are offering free daily telephone appointment slots for the foreseeable future.

We put our clients’ needs first

Based in the centre of St Albans City, just a short walk away from the Cathedral and the Town Hall, Bretherton Law has been serving the people of Hertfordshire for over fifty years.

Choosing a solicitor from among the many options available can seem a daunting task. At Bretherton Law we aim to make that task easier with our honest, straightforward and professional approach. We won’t talk down to you or baffle you with legal jargon. We’ll listen to your problem and give you our honest opinion of the best way forward. Where we can, we’ll tell you the cost up front and keep to it, without trying to squeeze additional fees from you.

You won’t find the Bretherton Law name splashed across your local newspaper or bus shelter. We’re happy to rely on client recommendations and word of mouth when it comes to generating new business. We believe that our professionalism and dedication to our clients’ needs are our key selling points, not some meaningless slogan dreamt up in the marketing department.

At the end of your dealings with Bretherton Law we want you to go away happy. We can’t always guarantee you’ll get the outcome you want, but we can make sure you get the best possible service and advice. With over 50 years’ experience in serving the local community we have built an enviable reputation – but don’t just take our word for it, take a look at what our clients say about us in our testimonials.

If you telephone us your call will be answered by a real person (no recorded voice saying press this and that number). Our friendly receptionist will listen to your needs and transfer you to the person who can help.

If you email us we aim to respond as quickly as possible but always within one working day.

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Our solicitors provide legal advice and representation regarding property (both residential and commercial property), family law, children law and divorce, will writing, trusts, powers of attorney and probate services.


We recognise that, for some, approaching a solicitor is a daunting prospect but you’ll find we are different – we are not stuffy corporate solicitors and we are confident you will agree. That’s why we offer anyone in need of will writing, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection or probate services the opportunity to book a free twenty minute consultation. For anyone facing divorce, separation or child arrangement issues, thinking about a pre-nuptial agreement or who needs help dealing with Social Services, our family law team offer practical, helpful advice. You may be eligible for Legal Aid. Our property solicitors are on hand to provide a genuine fixed fee conveyancing quote with no hidden charges.


We are friendly and approachable but that does not mean a compromise on quality. We are committed to excellent service standards, a fact demonstrated by our achievement of the Law Society’s LEXCEL  and Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditations. Our family solicitors include members of the Law Society’s Children Law Panel.


We began serving the people of St Albans and the surrounding areas but we now have many clients further afield. We are actively involved in many community groups and organisations including the charity Kick Start, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Refuge, BNI and St Albans City of Expertise. We regularly give free talks in the community to groups such as Carers in Herts and Lea Bereavement Support Service.

Our Chosen Charity
Bretherton Law is proud to support Citizens Advice St Albans District.