Sunday, 31 July 2011



The morning started dull, grey and muggy - almost slightly stormy but the tough Litigation Team didnt care, they were out to enjoy their day come rain or come shine....

Hilperton Marina, Trowbridge was the starting point where they divided into 2 groups and climbed on to their chosen barges which they had hired for the day.

Right then, who is going to be captain? Peter Shah or Peter Johnson? or both?

(front left and right Peter Shah and Peter Johnson).

After a brief litigious lesson on how to steer, health and safety, man over board situation, etc etc, off they went. They were heading for the Brewery Inn at Seend Cleeve for lunch along the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal.
This is a trip that they have been doing annually and is in its 6th year! Gillian Ephgrave based at Devizes Office has always organised it.

"It is a thoroughly relaxing day and everybody really enjoys it"

Come on Peter, hurry up, we are waiting. We havent got all day!

Ok ,ok this is a tough job for a litigator!

The journey started around 10 ish and the leisurely trip took about 2/3 hours to get to the Brewery Inn. En route, it rained, but nobody cared because they were hungry and had reached their destination. After mooring up. It was time to eat and good food was enjoyed by all.

Tasty food at the Brewery Inn.

The Brewery Inn was originally 2 cottages built in 1847 and converted into an inn in 1859. The name Brewery Inn was first mentioned in 1866. It is a good stop off for canal faring day trippers.

ABD Team; Sue Tristram, Rachael Faraday, April Philo, Cheryl Bishop, Andrew Douglas, Gillian Ephgrave, Sharon Mann, Frances Nash, Peter Shah,Tim Hotchkiss, Tom Paget and Peter Johnson outside the Brewery Inn, Seend Cleeve.
(from left to right)

After lunch, the sun looked as though it was trying to come out but it was still very muggy and grey. The canal was busy being height of season and lots of barges about.

That lunch was very filling, shall we walk back to Hilperton or phone for 2 barges?

After boarding the flat bottomed vessels it wasn't time to hit the deck, but it was time to return to Hilperton Marina again.

The picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal.

Tom Paget and Tim Hotchkiss chatting and enjoying themselves suddenly remembered what happened last year- somebody dropped the key into the canal by accident!! Shall we pretend its happened again for a laugh? Ok maybe not then.

Tim Hotchkiss and Tom Paget having a laugh.

(left to right).

The team finally reached their destination - Hilperton Marina where they moored up and said their farewells, see you tomorrow for another tough day in the office.

Back to where they started.

No doubt Gillian will be booking the same for next year as once again, they had such an enjoyable day.

Monday, 25 July 2011


Photo taken from Harrison Court.

The unmistakably impressive pink coloured office building belonging to ABD in Calne (dating back to 1740) stands proudly "surveying" the Calne Rotary Club Motorcycle Meet which took place on Saturday 23 July 2011 throughout the busy town of Calne.

This annual charity event is in its 11th year and attracts thousands of bikers to the town.

ABD team Halina Tomlinson, KJ, Tim Hotchkiss, Joe Phelan , Tom Paget, Peter Johnson and Catherine Cole took time out to man the ABD Stand in the centre of Calne had a great day. WHY? The team are big motorbike enthusiasts! Take for example KJ;-

ABD Team Halina Tomlinson, Tom Paget, Tim Hotchkiss and Joe Phelan.
(left to right).

KJ has been interested in motor bikes since her late teens and used to watch bike racing. Her dad also owned a BSA.

KJ has owned 3 bikes. She started with a Hyosung Cruise 11 124cc (which she called Tom) whilst she was learning to ride. She then progressed to a Honda CBR400 NC23 (which she called Ollie).

When she moved to Devizes with her husband Paul (also a bike enthusiast) she decided with Pauls encouragement that it was time to get another bike so she purchased a Honda CBF 500 (which she calls Biggles) and currently owns. They have never looked back! Both KJ and Paul have been to lots of bike shows throughout the country.

Paul is involved with online radio station BIKERSfm and presents a show on a Monday night based around British Superbike, World Superbike Championship and Support Series which involves interviewing bikers from both British and World Stage.

KJ with her Honda CBF 500 affectionally known as "Biggles".


Trike on show which is available for hire.

Calne main high street.

Monday, 18 July 2011


15, 16 AND 17 JULY 2011!

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

Marlborough Jazz celebrating its 25th anniversary got off to a FANTASTIC start...

Friday 15th July saw the opening of the festival at 6pm outside the Castle and Ball Hotel. ABD Partner Andrew Douglas and his wife Keshani were invited to an evening reception hosted by Wiltshire Life Magazine at The Merchant's House, High Street, Marlborough.

ABD Solicitors Alex David, Wayne Elliott, David Kelshall and Tom Paget (Trainee Solicitor)enjoyed a "lads night out" with guests. They ended their evening in the ABD Priory Marquee listening to The Red Stripe Band - "the closest thing to Jools Holland and his Big Band". Marlborough Jazz Brochure.

A good night out hosting guests!
The ABD Priory Marquee was packed out!

Saturday 16th July ABD Partner Andrew Douglas and his wife Keshani were invited by Brewin Dolphin Stockbrokers (lead Sponsor of the event) to attend a private lunch party and listen to
music played by winner of Brewin Dolphin Best Newcomer 2010.

ABD Partner Roger Chadwick and Susan Fosbery enjoyed listening to the sounds of anglo-american group "Protect the Beat" in the ABD Priory Marquee followed by Robin Jones & King Salsa! Frances Ruffelle Show and Jive Aces completed the evening.

Robin Jones & King Salsa - fantastic foot tapping, hip swaying music.

Saturday night was a busy one at the ABD Priory Marquee. 1000 people were inside the tent listening to music with another 400+ people queu'ing to get in!

A Summers Day in the Priory Marquee....

Sunday 17 July 2011.

Marlborough International Jazz ended on a lazy Sunday afternoon with a packed out audience of about 450 or more people enjoying the lovely voice of Clare Teal - "a megastar of contemporary British jazz ". Marlborough Jazz Brochure.

A Full house of people in the ABD Priory Marquee!

As Chris Jagger put it, "normally we play in a place and clear off, but at Marlborough we meet old and new friends year by year".

ABD Partner Andrew Douglas, Peter Johnson, (ABD) Clare Teal, Nick Fogg (Chairman of Marlborough Jazz Committee) and Tom Paget (ABD).
(from left to right).

The weather wasn't bad either!!

Thursday, 14 July 2011


The Wiltshire Golf Club hosted the ABD Ryder Cup against Strakers Estate Agents on 12 July 2011. A competitive and compelling afternoon was enjoyed by all! At the end of the day the magic number was 155 which was the points tally accumulated by Strakers as against ABD's 151.

ABD v STRAKERS - a tough match!

ABD Players.

Strakers players.

The ABD captain for the day was ABD partner Peter Shah who presented his opposite number Guy Straker with the prestigious cup which will be competed for again this time next year.

Peter Shah presenting ABD/Straker Ryder Cup to Guy Straker.

The day began with bacon butties and coffee and was finished off with an evening meal consisting of gammon and chips followed by sticky toffee pudding!

A good time was had by all with both the triumph and congratulations going to Strakers Estate Agents.