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The President’s Charity of the Year 2017/18

                      Please see Freewheelers Leaflet 2017 for the fabulous work these volunteer riders undertake to assist the NHS in moving vital supplies and equipment  around the county. Who knows which one of us or someone we know may have already benefited from their amazing work?

Welcome from BLS President 2017/18 – Gary Lightwood

                    Gary Lightwood is the Managing Partner of Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors’ Bristol office. During his career he has specialised in personal injury litigation, clinical negligence and family law. A former Officer in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, Gary then qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 after joining … more

BLS Conference and Meeting Room Suites Room Hire Information

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms are conveniently located in the centre between the Waterfront Area and the Old City in a modern building situated on the corner of Colston Avenue and St Stephen’s Avenue.  There are a number of large public car parks within a 5 minute walk from the rooms. For full information on our … more

A Virtual Law Centre for the South West


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Avon & Bristol Law Centre have been awarded funding from the Legal Education Foundation to investigate the viability of setting up a Virtual Law Centre to serve the wider South West.

People who cannot afford legal advice will be able to receive one off advice from a qualified and experienced lawyer via Skype. Initially the advice will be provided by pro bono solicitors based in Bristol, via the Law Centre.

Ginette Corr, Director at Avon & Bristol Law Centre says “We are working with a range of partners across the South West including North Somerset Citizens Advice to ensure that the service reaches those most in need of support, and will complement and build on existing local work. The numbers of people in the region unable to access legal advice has increased significantly since cuts in legal aid in 2013, and this initiative seeks to address that gap”.

The project will also work in partnership with law firms and local law societies across the region. Mike Gupwell, President of the Association of South Western Law Societies commented “This is a welcome development to maximise the pro bono resource which exists in the region to reach out and help as many people as possible.”

The first phase of the project, due to launch in early 2017, will focus on family and employment law. If you are a family or employment lawyer interested in supporting the project, please contact Ginette Corr at Avon & Bristol Law Centre at or on 0117 916 7710.