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Corporate Members 2020

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott Cooke Painter Ltd Clyde & Co DAC Beachcroft Devereux & Co Enterprise Chambers The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Fussell Wright Gregg Latchams Ltd Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Kelcey & Hall Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Michelmores LLP MS Rubric Osborne Clarke … more


BLS features in Bristol Post oldest thriving companies in Bristol

Excerpt from the article: How Bristol’s oldest companies are still thriving after more than 100 years in business They include the city’s last-surviving chocolate maker a wine merchant and a tannery. Why do some companies struggle to survive beyond a year while others flourish for hundreds? Although more than 90 per cent of small companies in Britain will survive one … more


No 12, The Meeting Rooms – Conference, Meeting and Mediation Rooms for Hire

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms including a suite of mediation 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 … more


Bristol Pride and LegalPride 2020 – get involved on social media too!


2019 Bristol Legal Pride Parade

Follow the link to see how Legal Pride will be celebrated in Bristol this year: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/topics/lgbt-lawyers/legal-pride-2020

Given that ‘in person’ Pride marches are off this year, as Legal Pride, we – Bar Council, The Law Society and CILEx – are keen we still do something to celebrate with our LGBT+ community.

We propose to produce short quotes, video clips or sound clips from LGBT+ members and allies within the professions and encourage others to create their own content to tweet under a common hashtag #LegalPride2020 and #Equalunderthelaw. Some will also appear on our respective websites and LinkedIn profiles, Twitter & Facebook.

We’re particularly keen to profile lawyers throughout England & Wales in order that we can mark each of the Prides we would have participated in. Having the new format means we can mark even more Prides!

These are:
London – Sat 27 Jun
UK Black Pride – Sun 28 June
Bristol – Sat 11 Jul
Newcastle – Sat 18 Jul
Trans Pride Brighton – Sat 18 July
Leeds – Sun 2 Aug
Cardiff – Sat 29 Aug
Manchester – Sat 29 Aug

Instructions: Please do get involved and generate your own content to support Legal Pride 2020:

  1. Decide if you want to produce a short video or sound clip (on your phone) or simply write/post your answers to one or more of the following questions.
  2. Whichever format you choose, please answer one or more of the following questions:
    • How is Pride normally marked in your area?
    • What is it going to be like this year, given the impact of Covid-19? How are you celebrating?
    • What is it like for the LGBT+ legal community in your area?
    • Do you think the LGBT+ legal community is supported by the wider profession? Why is it important that your professional body marks Pride?
    • What can those who do not identify as LGBT+ do to support the LGBT+ legal community in your country/area?
    • Who is your LGBT+ hero/heroine/role model (local people would be especially interesting)? [Please don’t just answer this one!]
  3. Post using the hashtag #LegalPride2020 and #Equalunderthelaw

Notes:
• For a text tweet, please include a photo (if you have an old Legal Pride T Shirt or want to dress up – great!), your name and legal profession (barrister/solicitor/chartered legal executive or paralegal or CILEx member) place of work (optional) and your region;
• If you live or practise in a region/on a particular circuit, please post just before or on the day your city or area would have held its Pride Parade (see places and dates above);
• Please make sure any video or sound clip is not more than 30-40 seconds long, see some technical suggestions here
• Use a clean dry microfibre cloth to remove any smudges from the lens and prevent any unwanted marks across your footage.
• Use landscape orientation and not portrait orientation while recording. If you are recording these of yourself, the selfie camera is fine. If someone is recording you, then we recommend the rear camera as this is higher quality.
• Make sure to have the video quality set to the highest resolution. For an iPhone or Samsung this is usually 4k 30fps or 4k 60fps.. On newer models of an iPhone you can find this by opening the camera application, select video and at the top right hand corner you will see either 4k or HD. If it says HD, click on it once and it will automatically change to 4k. Next to it will be numbers. If it is 24, keep clicking until you reach 30 or 60.
• Please try to record the video in an area with good lighting and limited sound interference.
• You do not want to muffle any of the sound by accident and so check where the mic is and try not to cover it up.
• Avoid using flash. Instead, try not to move from light areas to dark areas because your smartphone camera will struggle to cope with the changes
• If you are making a video or recording a sound clip, please make sure you incorporate the question into your answer e.g. In Cardiff we normally mark Pride…. Or, In my area being part of the LGBT+ community means….