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AMD raises £1,950 for our COTY

20 May 2024 A huge congratulations to the AMD Team that completed The Great Bristol Run yesterday. It is estimated around some 15,000 runners took part in what is reported to be the biggest event to date. Training could not prepare for the recent good weather and temperatures of c 20 degrees would have made... Read More

AMD to run the Bristol Half Marathon for Flamingo Chicks

22 April 2024 Each year, staff at AMD nominate a charity of the year to partner with and raise money through a variety of fundraising activities, as well as donations from the firm. This year we have chosen Flamingo Chicks as our charity of the year and a small team of brave athletes are taking... Read More

Potential pitfalls of entering into a commercial lease without legal representation

Tom Halliday, 12 April 2024 Although it is not required to instruct a solicitor when negotiating for or entering into a lease of commercial premises, it can lead to a host of problems as negotiations are much harder to conclude without professional advice on both sides. We also often receive instructions from Landlords and Tenants... Read More

AMD Annual Training Conference 2024

April 2024 To mark the end of the financial year and look forward to the next, our recent all department event proved a great opportunity to share ideas on how we can continue to improve our services for our clients and further strengthen our core values. Over the course of the day we delivered a... Read More

AMD advises on the sale of Winning Post Bookmakers

April 2024 Our acquisitions team led by Grant McCall (corporate) and Helen Brewer (commercial property) were delighted to advise the Sellers in the recent sale of certain assets and goodwill of Winning Post Bookmakers. Winning Post is a longstanding, independent bookmakers and well known throughout the South West. Our clients have experienced decades in the... Read More

AMD Solicitors acts on purchase of Mark Templer & Company Limited

14 March 2024 Our acquisitions team led by Grant McCall (corporate) and Helen Brewer (commercial property) were delighted to advise L Ricketts Property Limited in the recent purchase of Mark Templer & Company Limited. Mark Templer & Company is a well established property lettings and estate agency operating throughout North Somerset since 1994. Mark Templer’s... Read More

AMD announces the appointment of two new directors to its expanding board

March 2024 Bristol law firm AMD Solicitors has announced the appointment of Laura Wilkinson and Rebecca Isaac as new directors, with effect from 1 March 2024. These promotions reflect AMD’s growth strategy and reinforces the firm’s continued emphasis on delivering exceptional service for AMD clients. Laura and Rebecca are both specialist residential property solicitors who... Read More

The King’s Speech – What could this mean for you and your property?

Katherine Stribling, 15 November 2023 On the 7th of November 2023, the King addressed the nation to outline the government’s vision for the future.  During his speech, he set out one of many legislative agendas, two of which that will continue the reform of the housing market through the introduction of a new Leasehold and... Read More

Deferred Consideration in SME corporate transactions  

Jack Bull, 8 November 2023 When advising a purchaser on a share or asset purchase deal, one of the key considerations is what the purchase price should look like, how it should be paid and whether it is contingent on certain events happening after the completion date. From the Seller’s point of view, the best... Read More

Buying a Home?

8 September 2023 Do you know who is responsible for the building’s insurance after exchange of contracts? Laura Wilkinson Solicitor from AMD Solicitors explains… The Process In a conveyancing transaction there are two key stages.  The first is known as exchange of contracts and the second is completion.  Contracts are exchanged once the buyer and... Read More

AMD advises on sale of historic Bristol Landmark

July 2023 Our corporate team led by Grant McCall were delighted to advise the selling shareholders on the sale of The Glassboat to Bramley and Gage Limited. The Glassboat Restaurant is an iconic piece of Bristol’s landscape which started out as a working barge in the 1920s. The Glassboat was built in 1986 and went on... Read More

AMD’s Commercial Property team advises Bristol Beer Factory

Our Commercial Property team led by Helen Brewer were delighted to advise Bristol Beer Factory (BBF) on their new lease at Wapping Wharf in Bristol. The new venue called the “Junction” is described by BBF as “a pocket of Bristol Beer Factory in the city centre – expect a proper pub with great beer, classic... Read More

AMD assists The Conscious Food Company in obtaining its first retail premises

June 2023 Our commercial property team, led by Helen Brewer, recently acted for The Conscious Food Company on a lease of their first premises in Nailsea. The Conscious Food Company, run by ex-chef Jonny Burnett, was founded in 2021 and supplies fresh fish sourced in Brixham to restaurants, shops, and hotels throughout Bristol and North... Read More

The Economic Crime And Corporate Transparency Bill: Another compliance obstacle for SMEs

14 April 2023 Jack Bull, Trainee Solicitor Corporate filing obligations are set to become even more onerous under the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill. In order to tackle economic crime in the UK, the Bill will significantly reform Companies House (among other things). This change in corporate compliance is directly applicable for most of... Read More

AMD advises on sale of Attwoods Estate and Lettings Agents

January 2023 Our corporate team led by Grant McCall were delighted to advise Attwoods Estate and Lettings Agents on the sale of their business to CJ Hole this month. Attwoods is a longstanding family run business based in Kingswood that has provided property services in Bristol for over a decade. It is particularly rewarding when... Read More

Shareholders’ Agreements and Avoiding Shareholder Disputes

8 July 2022, Grant McCall, Director When advising private limited companies, one of the first documents to discuss is an agreement between the shareholders. This is because in most private limited companies we work with, the directors and shareholders are one and the same. The same tends to apply in family run businesses. The relationship... Read More

Covid commercial rent arrears – changes from 24th March 2022

The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 24th March 2022. It brings to an end restrictions on recovery of commercial rents, and introduces a new binding arbitration process to assist landlords and tenants in resolving rent arrears. Landlords can now forfeit a lease for non-payment of rent Most importantly, with some small... Read More

AMD Solicitors acts for The Crafty Egg on the lease for their new cafe in Fishponds

Our commercial property team, led by Helen Brewer, recently acted for The Crafty Egg on their new lease of the former New Moon public house on Fishponds Road in Bristol. The Crafty Egg is a popular independent licensed café in Stokes Croft, serving brunch, smoothies, coffee, beer, and local produce, including many gluten free and... Read More

AMD Solicitors raises £1,212.80 for Jonathan’s Voice, and elects new Charity of the Year – Great Western Air Ambulance Charity!

Over the last year and a half, we have been fundraising for Jonathan’s Voice. We are pleased to announce that we have fundraised a sum of £1,212.80! Jonathan’s Voice was founded in late 2017 in memory of Jonathan McCartney who tragically took his own life. Their purpose is to work with organisations and individuals to... Read More

Options for Commercial Tenants looking to make an early exit from their Lease

The last year has been a difficult time for many businesses that have either been unable to open for trade, or who have seen their income drop but overheads stay the same. Whilst the government has tried to help as much as possible with the various measures they have introduced, the inability to trade and... Read More

A new chapter for Kings Weston House

Janine Harris of AMD Solicitors completes the sale of the beautiful and charming Grade 1 listed building, Kings Weston House. Kings Weston House was built in 1719 and designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, the designer of Blenheim Palace.  The former owner, Norman Routledge held sophisticated weddings and prestigious events at Kings Weston House throughout the year... Read More

Our colleagues have been raising money for Jonathan’s Voice over lockdown

Our colleagues at AMD have been busy making a selection of cards over lockdown to raise some funds for our charity of the year, Jonathan’s Voice and so far have raised £85 and hope to raise more! Jonathan’s Voice was set up shortly after Jonathan’s death in order to reduce the stigma associated with mental... Read More

It’s a wrap – Helen Brewer of AMD Solicitors completes a new lease of 165k sq ft warehouse in Newport for Urban Myth Films

It’s a wrap – Helen Brewer of AMD Solicitors completes a new lease of 165k sq ft warehouse in Newport that will become the home for the next 5 years to film and television production company Urban Myth Films Ltd. Despite only completing a few weeks ago, Urban Myth are already in the throes of converting... Read More

AMD Solicitors has recently advised on the sale of Avon Gold Premier Store in Keynsham

After 23 years of running Avon Gold Premier Store in Keynsham, Somerset, it is now under new ownership as former owners Tony and Alison Mallaban are retiring.   The convenience store which was proud to serve Keynsham and beyond will be serving the community once again as it is opening as a SPAR store, following a refit.  The... Read More

Our Henleaze and Whiteladies Road offices will be reopening soon

Our Henleaze and Whiteladies Road offices will be reopening soon. Our new layout will ensure we can safely achieve social distancing between solicitors and clients at all times. We look forward to seeing you again and to helping you through what is likely to be another challenging period for the second half of 2020. Read More

Does your Business need a Shareholders’ Agreement?

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown measures, we have been helping a large number of clients to put in place or review and update their existing Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Whilst we always advise that these important documents are considered and implemented as soon as possible, it is proving more important... Read More

Thinking about buying a business during coronavirus?

It is no surprise that Mergers & Acquisitions activity has slowed down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Most business owners have suddenly had to shift focus to navigating their businesses through the crisis, which has caused some mergers and acquisitions to be delayed. Many businesses have started to settle into the new... Read More

Commercial Property Update #2: Landlord and Tenant

Following on from my previous article, the government have now announced measures to protect tenants from “aggressive rent collection” during the current pandemic lockdown. What is proposed In an announcement made on the 23rd April, the government plans to introduce a temporary ban on statutory demands and winding up petitions being issued to commercial tenants.... Read More

Commercial Property Update: Landlord and Tenant

What other options are available for a landlord to pursue non-payment of rent whilst forfeiture is prevented under the Coronavirus Act 2020 and which tenants should be wary of when choosing not to pay their rent? Under the terms of the Coronavirus Act 2020, landlords are currently prevented from issuing forfeiture proceedings against tenants for... Read More

Childcare during coronavirus – what are your rights?

Government guidance suggests that where parents do not live in the same household, children may still move between households but that it is not a necessity. This has caused some confusion amongst families subject to a Child Arrangement Order. Where coronavirus restrictions result in a change to the contact/care arrangements ordered by the court, the... Read More

Sophie Haskins, Private Client Solicitor discusses the importance of ensuring your affairs are in order

Although most of us have every intention of putting our affairs in order by making or reviewing a Will and/or a Lasting Power of Attorney, there is often a good reason why we never get around to doing so, be it due to a busy work/home life or the unwillingness to focus on such a... Read More

Scam alert!

We have been made aware of a fraudulent e-mail sent from an account purporting to be from the firm. This e-mail address is (without the ‘s’ in solicitors). Please note that this e-mail is not genuine and has not been sent by or on behalf of this firm. Should you receive such an e-mail, please report... Read More

Did you spot us?

Did you spot our Clifton Village Office next door to Easterbrook? The second part of Agatha Christie's 'The Pale Horse' aired on BBC 1 over the weekend. Although set in London in the 1960s, part of the drama was set in Bristol with our Clifton Village Office making an appearance next door to 'Easterbrook Antique Dealers'. Great to see our timeless architecture being used for this. Read More

AMD welcomes Senior Commercial Property Solicitor to its growing team

AMD is delighted to strengthen its commercial property team with the appointment of Senior Commercial Property Solicitor, Helen Brewer. Helen joined AMD in January 2020 with over 14 years’ experience in commercial property. Helen spent 8 years of her career with a prominent international law firm advising on a wide range of commercial property issues.... Read More

Our Spring 2020 Workshops

There's no time like the present to protect your family's future! Join us in March where we will be discussing various ways we can assist from incapacity and your bank account to will writing and the planning considerations for your family. Read More

January 2020 Offer – Free Legal Health Check for SME Business Owners.

Free Legal Health Check for SME Business Owners! To book your free 45 minute health check with our friendly Commercial Team, please call 0117 973 3989 or email . Please see below for further details. Read More

Bogus Email Alert

We have been made aware of a bogus e-mail purporting to be sent from Tony Moore of this firm. Please note that this e-mail is not genuine. Should you receive such an e-mail, do not respond or click on the links attached and please report it to us at Read More

Data protection update: first UK fine issued under the new GDPR regime

Just over 18 months have passed since the implementation of the GDPR and the ICO have issued their first UK fine to a London Pharmacy. Data protection should be a key consideration for all businesses and is important to be kept under review. Read More

We will be supporting Jonathan’s Voice as our new Charity of the Year

From 1 December we are pleased to announce that we will be supporting Jonathan’s Voice. Jonathan's Voice was founded in late 2017 in memory of Jonathan McCartney who tragically took his own life. Their purpose is to work with organisations and individuals to promote mental well being in the workplace and beyond. Read More

Cohabitee claims under the Inheritance Act 1975

The number of unmarried co-habiting couples in England and Wales has increased significantly and with this societal change there is an ever-increasing need for people to consider their financial situations and who they would like to inherit from their estate when they die. Read More

AMD Finalists in Legal Category at 2024 Bristol Life Awards

9 February 2024 We are delighted to have been named as a finalist in this year’s Bristol Life Awards. After a huge number of nominations we are 1 of 4 finalists which is testament to our commitment to service levels over the 2023/24 calendar year. The Bristol Life Awards are one of the largest awards... Read More

Clifton Illuminations

9 November 2023 Starting early this year, our Clifton Village Office opened its doors last night to see in the start of Christmas with the illumination of a 50ft tree. This year the Christmas lights were turned on by Joe Sims and ⁦Tony Miles in front of a full house in the Mall Gardens. Thanks... Read More
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