Wednesday, 20 March 2013



Awdry Bailey and Douglas Solicitors took part in Will Aid in November 2012 and raised in excess of £5,400.00 for 9 Will Aid charities. This means they are in the top forty of the 1,400 solicitors that participated - a fantastic achievement.

As part of the Will Aid campaign, ABD’s Probate team; Catherine Cole, Nicola Hibbert, Naomi Hill, Lynnette Hilliard and Simon Lofthouse donated their professional legal skills and time to draw up basic standard for local people, free of charge. In return for this service, the clients made a donation to Will Aid. Will Aid is the UK’s leading charity will-writing scheme and offers everybody an opportunity to update or make their will in return for a donation.  The money raised is shared by 9 well known charities: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

The campaign was a busy and successful one. Approximately 75 Wills were written for local people, giving their families the security of a properly drafted Will as well as the opportunity to support popular charities.

Nicola Hibbert from ABD said:

 “We enjoyed taking part in this campaign and would like to thank all the people who donated so generously in order to make Will Aid’s fundraising efforts such a success”.

ABD’s contribution will be added to the nationwide total, currently standing at £1.8m and expected to reach over £2 million. This money will make a real and lasting difference to vulnerable children, families and older people in the UK and around the world.

In recognition of the fantastic amount of money raised by ABD, Age UK Senior Regional Legacy Manager, Mr Robert Bracher, representing the Will Aid charities, presented the ABD Probate Team with a framed certificate to thank them for donating their time and professional skills to such a worthy and beneficial cause said:

 “Age UK are so grateful for the fantastic support Awdry, Bailey and Douglas Solicitors have given the Will Aid campaign. We are the UK's largest charity working with and for older people and as our older population is growing every year with demand for our services increasing. We don't know what the future will hold, but we do know that with our share of the money raised through Will Aid and the support of people who remember us in their wills, we will be able to continue providing much needed services and vital support to help older people in the future.” 

Presentation of certificate to ABD team. 
Left to right; Catherine Cole, Nicola Hibbert, Robert Bracher (Age UK) Naomi Hill, Simon Lofthouse.

Monday, 11 March 2013




Awdry Bailey and Douglas Solicitors are delighted to announce the opening of their new office in Chippenham.  The new office will open for business on Monday 11 March 2013 and is located in the heart of the town centre at 38 Market Place.

Awdry Bailey and Douglas currently have offices based in the towns of Devizes, Calne, Marlborough and Royal Wootton Bassett. The new Chippenham office will be an additional asset to the firm’s coverage of the Wiltshire area.

Alexander David, Partner and Head of Family Law, is heading up the Chippenham team. He commented that “Chippenham possesses a great sense of community and is continuing to develop and grow.  The entire team at Awdry Bailey and Douglas are delighted to be coming to Chippenham and are very much looking forward to the office opening”.

Tim Hotchkiss, a member of the firm’s commercial team who will also be based in the Chippenham office said “I look forward to getting involved with the people of Chippenham and assisting the business sector as it moves forward”.

Catherine Cole, specialising in Wills and Probate, said that she “is looking forward to the opportunity of working in Chippenham”.  Catherine, who is a keen runner, is often seen running around the roads in Chippenham as she trains for this year’s London Marathon.

Awdry Bailey & Douglas sponsored the Independent Business of the Year Award at the Chippenham Business Awards 2013, which took place at the Neeld Hall on the Friday 1 March 2013 as part of the Cherish Chippenham Campaign.