Wednesday, 31 October 2012


A warm welcome from ABD to Cindy Ervine, who recently joined the firm.  Cindy is a matrimonial solicitor and trained collaborative lawyer who has been based in North Wiltshire for some 19 years.  During that time, she has covered all areas of family law.

Cindy is based at ABD's Royal Wootton Bassett office which she very much enjoys as she finds the town is friendly, vibrant and has lots to offer.  She also covers ABD's Calne office to meet clients and discuss matters relating to family law as and when required.

Cindy is a member of "splitz" which provides support and assistance to families based in Wiltshire and sits on the Chippenham contact centre committee.  She has also been reaccredited in her application for the Law Society Advanced Family Panel with specialisms in domestic violence and children.  As an experienced advocate, Cindy ensures that clients feel supported through the court process.

As well as looking after her 2 children, Cindy enjoys red wine and yoga in her spare time - although NOT together!

To find out more about Cindy and the family law team, click onto "our people", or you can email Cindy relating to any family issues;

Tuesday, 23 October 2012



Awdry Bailey and Douglas partner and head of commercial Roger Chadwick received a glowing recommendation from Corina Papadopoulou, winner of the Prestigious Mary Portas "Best for Childrens" Daily Telegraph "Best Small Shops in Britain" award 2012.


Corina Papadopoulou set up her shop called Kidsen, based in London NW10. Kidsen is the UK's first Scandinavian Store selling colourful quirky design-led children's clothes, shoes, accessories and more!

Mary Portas - Britain's leading retail marketing consultant and broadcaster who is best known for her business related TV shows presented the award to Corina earlier this year at Novikov Restaurant in London's fashionable Mayfair.


"When I first embarked on the difficult journey of setting up my own store on a competitive high street I had no experience and if I had not been fortunate enough to meet Roger Chadwick I am sure it would have been a much more stressful process.  Roger Chadwick's "no nonsense" approach, extensive knowledge and professional manner ensured the process of securing the lease for my retail store was speedy and painless.  Roger is thorough, trustworthy and genuine.  I walked away fully understanding this complex area of my business and with a great end result.

I couldn't recommend Roger Chadwick highly enough and as a matter of fact I have with more happy customers".

Corina Papadopoulou. 

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012



Two adult children wanted to challenge 4 wills made by their mother shortly before her death in November 2007. Their mother died of brain cancer.  But the two adult children alleged that she lacked capacity, had want of knowledge and approval, and was the subject of undue influence when making these wills…

They decided that they would seek professional advice and help from ABD solicitor Peter Shah who is the firm’s resident partner based at ABD Royal Wootton Bassett offices. Peter specialises in litigious matters and contentious probate.

The main asset of their mother’s estate was the majority shareholding in her private limited company worth several million pounds.

In 1993 she made a will simply leaving her estate to her 4 children. That will would be superseded  by the 4 later  wills  made in September and October 2007 when she left her shares in the estate into a discretionary trust which could have meant the two adult children would receive nothing.

The executors of the estate maintained that these 4 wills were valid.  There was a considerable amount of documentation to take into account including sizeable medical records, the papers of the previous solicitors who had drafted the wills, and the wills themselves which were complex documents.  What made matters worse was that one of the executors was their mother’s husband (not their father) who had benefited from a transfer of shares shortly before his wife died at a significant undervalue.

Having maintained the stance that there were no concessions, mediation took place in May 2010 to see if a settlement could be reached.  Some progress on that front was made but then the other side withdrew from the mediation process. A report was obtained from an Old Age Consultant Psychiatrist to comment on the Deceased’s state of mind when she made the wills which were the subject matter of legal challenge.  Whilst his report was not unequivocal it provided some useful pointers when court proceedings were finally issued in the High Court at the end of 2010. A defence was served by the other side, and directions for the conduct of the case were made whereby it was set down for Trial for 19 days to be heard in April.

However, at the end of 2011 after 4 years wrangling, the other side indicated that they would not contest the claim being brought by the two adult children which meant that the 2007 wills were set aside and subsequently the 1993 admitted to probate.

Peter fought a hard legal battle on behalf of his clients and, whatever the reasons, the other side had to concede the claim and the actions of the two adult children were wholly justified with thanks to Peter.

Monday, 1 October 2012



Awdry Bailey and Douglas Solicitors took part in the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning last Friday, 28 September 2012 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The total raised including donations and gift aid amounted to over £300.

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity registered organisation, who has helped to improve the lives of people affected by cancer in assisting with emotional, financial and practical support.  Macmillan Cancer Support raise money through coffee mornings, sponsored events, marathons, and much more…


ABD clients and local business people were invited to enjoy coffee, cakes and a chat at ABD’s Marlborough Office on the Marlborough Business Park organised by ABD Solicitor Simon Lofthouse. Guests also included Mayor of Marlborough Councillor Edwina Fogg, with her husband Nick who is the town’s jazz festival organiser, and Claire Perry MP.

Coffee, cake and chat!

Photo above; ABD Partner Andrew Douglas greets Mayor of Marlborough Councillor Edwina Fogg with her husband Nick.

Photo above left; Claire Perry MP with ABD Solicitor Simon Lofthouse.
Photo above right; Local business people and clients enjoying coffee and cakes.


Photo above; ABD Solicitor Simon Lofthouse holding cakes which were donated from Haydens Bakery, Devizes. 

Many thanks to the suppliers who also helped with this event...

The coffee was supplied by Tesco’s in Marlborough, cakes were supplied by Haydens Bakery in Devizes, and cups were supplied by Huhtamaki based in Gosport.

Did you know?

In 1911, a young man called Douglas Macmillan saw his father die of cancer.  His father’s pain and suffering upset Douglas so much that he founded the ‘Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer’.

He did this because he wanted advice and information to be provided to all people who suffered with cancer, he wanted homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes.

Today, much of his legacy lives on. Macmillan is still a source of support for people living with cancer today and is a force for improving cancer care. Last year Macmillan Cancer Support celebrated their 100th birthday.

Did you know?

The first National World’s Biggest Coffee Morning took place in 1991 when approx 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then it has raised over £60 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support.

For more information, or if you would like to make a donation -