Society's News


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


Bristol Probate Registry- change of location


From Monday 20 November 2017, services in relation to Probate matters will no longer be available from the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre.

Customers requesting information and access to Probate services should follow the instructions below:-
How to obtain Probate Application Forms:-
By telephone:- Please call 0300 123 1072 (press option 1 and leave your name and address) a pack will then be posted to you
On the Internet :- www.gov.uk/wills-probate-inheritance to download the forms (PA1 and IHT205)

Frequently asked questions:-

Which address do I send them to:-
Please send the completed forms to:-

Probate Registry of Wales
3rd Floor, Cardiff Magistrates Court
Fitzalan Place
Cardiff
CF24 0RZ

What do I send?
• PA1 form
• IHT205
• Official Death certificate
• Original Will and 3 plain copies (if applicable)
• Cheque/postal order payable to ‘HMCTS’
We recommend sending these documents by recorded delivery.

How long before I have a response/receive the Grant?
Once your forms have been received, you will be sent a letter by post within 10 working days from the Probate Registry. Providing there are no queries you will receive your Grant within 5 weeks of the forms being received by the Probate Registry.

Please note:-
• Currently the Probate Registry of Wales are processing all applications on behalf of Bristol District Probate Registry
• Once the Grant has issued the Original Will is retained by the Registry. An official Court Sealed Copy Will, will be attached to your Grant.

Any queries, please call the Probate helpline on 0300 123 1072.