Saturday, 31 July 2010



The PI Team once again enjoyed their annual barge trip "team building" get together on the Kennet and Avon Canal organised by Gillian Ephgrave from the Devizes Office.

Off we go!
ABD Partner Peter Shah pulling up Anchor!

The team consisting of 16 people took 2 barges and sailed from Hilperton Marina to Seend Cleeve where they moored up for an enjoyable and tasty lunch at the Barge Inn Pub!

A good lunch was had by ALL!
The Team!

Managing a barge is heavy work - 8 locks and 6 swing bridges had to be opened and closed en route whilst enjoying the wonderful hot sunny weather and fantastic scenery. The whole journey from start to finish took some 6 and a half hours! Thirsty work! Luckily there was plenty of drink on board!

Negotiating the locks?? Umm ... Tricky!!
Photo of ABD Partner Andrew Douglas

Team effort! A good job well done!
Pictured left to right; Karen Skull, Gillian Ephgrave,
Cheryl Bishop-Bailey, Andrew Douglas and Simon Lofthouse

Everybody agreed what a fantastic day they had had including Simon Lofthouse - ABD's newest recruit who dropped a wind-lass into a lock where it was lost forever!!! Never mind Simon - plenty more wind-lasses in the canal!!!
What a great day!

Friday, 23 July 2010


David Turley (left) Ian Richards (right)

The Partners and Staff held a "farewell party" in the Bear Hotel, Devizes for Commander Ian Richards who has been with the firm for 10 and a half years.

Ian, previously a Commander in the Royal Navy, joined the firm in November 1999 as a "Director of Legal Services". Ian has had many varied responsibilities in his role. Achievements included securing for the firm their Investors in People and Lexcel accreditations and, importantly, steering the business on a safe course through both benign and more troubled economic conditions.

The Bear Hotel which has been recently refurbished by Gordon Straker provided as always excellent food, drink and hospitality! Gifts and cards were presented, and speeches were made by Ken Welch and Partner Andrew Douglas. An enjoyable time was had by all!

The firm wishes Ian every success and happiness for the future!


Newly appointed David Turley has taken over as Ian's Successor. He has enjoyed his new role since April 2010 following a very successful handover period! David was appointed internally from our Award winning HIPS Department which gave the firm the Law Society's "Innovation Business and Award "Accolade 2007! Welcome on board David!

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Monday, 19 July 2010


ABD goes DAB!
Digital Audio Broadcasting!!

ABD goes out live on the radio!
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Monday, 12 July 2010


In the words of the Sunday Telegraph, "each year the exquisite market town of Marlborough becomes a mini New Orleans."

"Normally we play in a place and clear off, but at Marlborough we meet old and new friends year by year" Chris Jagger

The 2010 Jazz Festival got off to a great start with ABD being one of the main Sponsors hosting different events over the weekend!

Friday 9 July 2010

Solicitors Alex, Wayne and Tom (Trainee) got together with associates to enjoy a night of beers, music and food starting off at the Castle and Ball Hotel where Claire Perry MP "opened" the Festival in the presence of the Mayor of Marlborough, Councillor Andrew Ross. Later, at the ABD Priory Marquee, Chris Jagger , (Mick Jagger's brother) and his band The Atcha Band quintet were playing to a big audience where the boys enjoyed a beer followed by a bite to eat at the Gourmet hot dog stand. After continuing their "sophisticated pub-crawl" the boys ended their musical sojourn by listening to The Red Stripe Band back in the ABD Priory Marquee along with a full house audience - a fantastic way to end the eve!

Friday 9 July 2010

Saturday 10 July

The Partners of ABD hosted a 2 course lunch in Coles Bar Restaurant for 28 guests whilst listening to The Midwest Four quartet! Guests were then escorted by invitation to the ABD Priory Marquee to listen to The Jive Aces - UK'S No 1 Jive and Swing Band - one of the hottest bands in showbiz. Partners Andrew Douglas, Alistair Everett and Roger Chadwick had their photo taken with The Jive Aces! The ABD Priory Marquee had more than 900 people in attendance! The music continued with Paddy Milner and the Big Sounds, ending with Robin Jones and King Salsa led by legendary conguero Robin Jones!

Saturday 10 July

Andrew Douglas with Mayor of Calne Councillor Helen Plenty
and Consort Kevin Plenty

Sunday 11 July 2010

The Partners of ABD hosted a buffet style lunch at the Castle and Ball for approx 50 guests including the Mayor of Devizes - Councillor Peter Smith and the Mayor of Wootton Bassett -Councillor Mary Champion. Lunch included an enormous paella -a major attraction! Afterwards, guests were hosted to the ABD Priory Marquee to enjoy listening to one of the main highlights of the Festival and direct from the West End, one of the worlds most celebrated Jazz Stars Mr Buddy Greco and his band The Buddy Greco Trio with Miss Lezlie Anders! Buddy Greco is a survivor of Hollywoods famous "Rat pack"! Partners Andrew Douglas and Alistair Everett were photoed with Buddy Grecco after! What a marvellous way to end such a great weekend at the UK's largest and most celebrated Jazz Festivals 2010!

Sunday 11 July 2010
Major attraction!

Partners Andrew Douglas and Alistair Everett with Mayor of Devizes Councillor Peter Smith and Mayor of Wootton Bassett Councillor Mary Champion

Grand Finale! Partners Andrew Douglas and Alistair Everett with the Legendary Mr Buddy Greco!