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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

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

What is a Part 36 offer?

We aim to reach a settlement with your opponent throughout the life of your claim. We encourage our clients to make an early offer to settle. An early offer can help you minimise your legal costs involved with progressing your claim. Making the offer a ‘Part 36 offer’ puts further pressure on your opponent to... Read More

What is a mediation?

What is a mediation? Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution. A mediator encourages discussions between the parties in an attempt to resolve a dispute. It can provide a swift and cost efficient resolution to disputes.   What is the role of the mediator? A mediator is a neutral third party. They are often... 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

Commercial property evictions ban extended to March 2022 and proposed new arbitration process

The Government announced in June 2021 that it would be extending the current ban on forfeiture of a commercial lease for non-payment of rent until 25 March 2022. This will have been a welcome relief for many tenants, especially those in the leisure and retail sectors who have been most impacted by lockdown closures, but... 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

AMD Finalists at the Bristol Property Awards 2020

We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Legal category at the Bristol Property Awards 2020. Both our commercial and residential property teams have grown in 2020 to meet our clients’ needs. Despite such a tumultuous year for the country, the Bristol property market has continued to move forward which is... 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
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