Society's News


Annual Quiz – is your firm the BLS masterteam of eggheads?

Always eagerly awaited, this year’s BLS quiz for general knowledge gurus, presided over as always by the genial Ben Holt, will take place on May 7th. In a change of venue, the quiz will now take place at The Station on Silver Street (near the Bridewell), where there will be refreshments. The Station was recipient of BLS Charity of the … more


Former BLS President Robert Bourns elected as Deputy Vice-President of The Law Society

Bristol Law Society is delighted that former BLS President Robert Bourns is to be the next deputy vice president of the Law Society.   The Law Society Council has elected Robert Bourns, senior partner at TLT, who will take up the role of deputy vice president in July 2014.He is expected to become president of the Law Society in 2016. … more


Personal Injury – Bristol

BLS1433 – Claimant PI- Catastrophic Injury – Solicitor/CILEX – Bristol  National Law firm with office in Bristol, are looking for a Personal Injury Solicitor, FCILEx or equivalent with significant experience of handling catastrophic injury claims to join their Complex Personal Injury team. The role will involve managing your own caseload of complex claimant personal injury files, the majority involving an element … more


NSPCC AND VICTIM SUPPORT JOIN FORCES TO CREATE A NEW SERVICE TO SUPPORT YOUNG WITNESSES


The NSPCC and Victim Support are joining forces in the development of a new support service for young witnesses across England and Wales.

The charities aim to create a consistent, accessible young witness service run by Victim Support to help witnesses aged under 18 who have to give evidence at court.  Support from young witness workers helps children prepare for court so they are able to give their best evidence in criminal trials.  The charities hope the young witness service will help bring people to justice , including those who abuse children, by supporting young people through the trauma of the court process.

Building on its current work with young witnesses, Victim Support will deliver the new services drawing on the NSPCC’s expertise in child protection and in developing innovative services. This will create a dedicated young witness support programme for all criminal courts.

Last year Victim Support helped over 12,000 children through the daunting and often intimidating experience of giving evidence. Work to develop the service began in January 2012. The charities hope it will be up-and-running within a year.