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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

We are pleased to welcome Nick Howell as our new Head of Civil and Commercial Litigation

In December 2021, John Todd (our former Head of Civil Litigation) retired after a commendable 57 years in the legal profession. We would like to wish John a very happy retirement. John’s retirement leads us to welcoming Nick Howell as our new Head of the Civil and Litigation Department. Nick joined AMD in December 2021.... Read More

Employees: should you enter into a Settlement Agreement?

What is a settlement agreement?   Settlement agreements are legally binding documents that can be used by an employer to allow an employee to end an employment relationship in a mutually acceptable way. Settlement agreements can also be used if an employee wishes to continue in employment whilst resolving an issue in the workplace. A... 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

AMD Solicitors welcome Kate Walsgrove to its growing private client team

Kate qualified as a solicitor specialising in Wills, Trusts, Estate Administration and Lasting Powers of Attorney in 2016 at Legal 500 firm in Surrey. After qualification as a solicitor, Kate went on to complete a Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (“STEP”) diploma in Estate Administration. STEP is an internationally recognised qualification, and its practitioners... 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 supports Charity Day for Bristol After Stroke and Open Arms Malawi

July 10, 2023 We were delighted to support Captain’s Charity Day at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club on 7 July. The chosen charities for this year were Bristol After Stroke and open Arms Malawi. Bristol After Stroke is an independent local charity helping people rebuild their lives after a stroke. The Charity offers a combination of practical, social, emotional and psychological support to stroke-affected people and their carers and loved ones. Read... Read More

AMD advises on sale of Toucan Environmental Limited

March 2023 Our corporate team led by Grant McCall were delighted to advise the selling shareholders on the acquisition of Toucan Environmental Limited by AST Plastic Containers UK LLP. Toucan Environmental is a Bristol business that specialises in the supply of reconditioned and new IBC tanks and reconditioned drums. Toucan has operated since 2007 supplying... Read More

Landlords: how we can help to evict your tenants

Letting residential property can be stressful, and perhaps the most stressful situation to be faced with as a landlord is regaining possession of your property. This can be for a number of reason including rent arrears or just wanting your property back. When faced with this situation, action should be taken promptly in order to... Read More

AMD completes Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge!

27 June 2022 In support of our charity of the year Great Western Air Ambulance, a small team from AMD completed the Cotswold Way Challenge on 25 June. Starting at 9.30am from Painswick Rugby Club, our route took us a total of just under 20 miles until we reached the finish line at Wotton Community... Read More

Blue and Yellow Day

19 May 2022 We are proud to support Bristol Law Society’s ‘Bristol Legal Sector Community Engagement Group’, to support and raise funds for the people of Ukraine. Across our 4 offices today, our teams have been wearing blue and yellow to show our support for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). Thank you to our employees,... Read More
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