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BLS Annual Awards Dinner 19th October 2017 – Bookings & Nominations open

We are delighted to announce that bookings and nominations for this years annual awards dinner on 19th October at Bristol City Marriot are now open! For full details of the dinner and the awards open for nomination please see BLS Annual Awards Dinner Brochure 2017 BLS Annual Awards Dinner Booking Form 2017 BLS Annual Awards Dinner Nomination Form 2017  

BLS New President 2016/17- Becky Moyce

Becky Moyce was invested as President of BLS at its AGM held in its new offices on 23 November 2016. Biography Becky joined Temple Bright LLP as a Partner in January 2011.  She is a specialist property litigation lawyer and mainly handles commercial landlord and tenant disputes, property-related insolvency issues and land ownership disputes. Becky joined BLS Council in December … 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


Court news – ordering transcriptions

Please note the changes to the way you order transcriptions from 26 June.  For full details see ordering-transcriptions-poster

Legal Services Commissioning and Sustainability Project – Can you help?

The Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA) has commissioned a team at the University of Birmingham to conduct a piece of research involving private practice lawyers, and their clients, to better understand the extent to which sustainability is (or can be, or should be) a driver in the commissioning of legal services.

This email is seeking out those working in law firms (lawyers and non-lawyers). The research team and the LSA are keen to gather a wide range of views from people doing different sorts of jobs in a wide range of law firms.

Existing research tells us that many clients seek to impose their own terms and conditions when appointing lawyers, and that competition in the legal service is growing.  Through this research we hope to advance thinking on lawyer-client relationships (with a focus on sustainability and CSR) and provide a vehicle for engagement and debate in these areas. We also hope that this project will better allow firms to understand the potential benefits from engaging with their lawyers and their clients on sustainability and CSR. These interviews are the keystone of the research.

The interviews will be on a confidential and anonymous basis, and the research team will not publish material that could identify the people or firms who participate. The project has ethical clearance from the University of Birmingham.

If you are interested in participating in the project, please email


Begonia Filgueira,  Researcher Birmingham

ERIC Ltd, Director

BLS Annual Awards Dinner 19th October 2017 – Bookings & Nominations open

We are delighted to announce that bookings and nominations for this years annual awards dinner on 19th October at Bristol City Marriot are now open!

For full details of the dinner and the awards open for nomination please see BLS Annual Awards Dinner Brochure 2017

BLS Annual Awards Dinner Booking Form 2017

BLS Annual Awards Dinner Nomination Form 2017


Insights from Miller – the latest news, insight and thought leadership from Miller’s team of PI insurance specialists in our new monthly feature







We are delighted to bring a new monthly feature to our website and e-zine from Miller, specialists in PI insurance.  Each month we will bring you an article from their insights team giving you an update on the latest news in the market and thought leadership issues.












This month, Richard Brown, Head of Solicitors’ Practice  advises to get the good PI insurance deals before it is too late because although deals for this October renewals remain very competitive, law firms should plan ahead as the outlook is unsettled. Click the link for the full article:—2017




Want to do something for charity? Check out these fundraising events with SIA as Charity Partner

Any members wishing to undertake an event for charity and happy to support SIA, please note that the below events allow easy registration and then if you wish you can select SIA from the drop down list of charity partners.

  1. Run for Britain
  2. Run for Charity
  3. Tough Mudder
  4. Cycle for Charity
  5. Other events to consider are putting a team together for our Going The Distance walking event in London on 17th September (or Liverpool on 24th September). Its a superb family day out and you can easily combine it with a weekend in London.
  6. We have a few places left for the Berlin Marathon.  Date: 24th September 2017. Registration Deadline: Friday 21st July. Min Fundraising: £500 per person

HHJ Wildblood QC – Newsletter

Newsletter from the Designated Family Judge for Avon, North Somerset and Gloucestershire for family law practitioners.

AVON AND BRISTOL LAW CENTRE – Pro Bono Clinic Coordinator 






Pro Bono Clinic Coordinator 

The Law Centre improves the lives of disadvantaged people in Bristol and across the South West by providing access to justice. Winner of The Lawyers award for Pro Bono Initiative of the Year, we have received national attention and acclaim for our impact.

We are seeking a Pro Bono Coordinator to establish, administer and develop a Virtual law Centre.   This new and exciting service will provide free specialist legal advice across the South West. If you have experience of working within the legal sector and you have project management experience, we want to hear from you. An infectious enthusiasm, a passion for reversing injustices and solid organisational skills are required.

35 hours per week

(either 1 WTE or 2 Part Time roles)

Salary £30,000 (pro rata) plus 7% pension


For an application pack please contact:

Avon and Bristol Law Centre

2 Moon Street

Stokes Croft

Bristol BS2 8QE

Tel: 0117 924 8662


Deadline for receipt of applications:

12 noon Friday 23rd June 2017

Interviews: date to be confirmed

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer

Court news – Special Measures

Special measures

The court is able to make arrangements to suit the requirements of the needs of the parties.

These arrangements can include separate waiting areas, evidence by video link as examples of services offered.

If any Solicitors find the need to ask the court to invoke such special measures, can the court please ask that it is given as much notice as possible?


Chancery Lane played host to the Presidents and Secretaries Conference again on 5 and 6 May. An opportunity for presidents, secretaries and other officers from local law societies all over England and Wales to meet, share knowledge, challenges and possible solutions.

Katherine Moyse and I were able to attend and benefit from a range of workshops and plenary sessions regarding the effective use of IT, media relations, successful lobbying, attracting and retaining members and sponsorship and many more. I enjoyed being able to sit on the other side of the table on a panel of speakers looking at some of these issues and Bristol Law Society was very much viewed as an exemplar of what can be achieved. However, there is always more to learn and the openness of delegates at the conference always sparks lively discussion, debate and idea sharing.

Robert Bourns was in fine form as he spoke of pride in the profession, tackling challenges in our future and ensuring The Law Society is fit to face them head on. Interim Chief Executive, Paul Tennant also spoke about the business of law and our resolve to remain great. Incoming president of The Law Society, Joe Egan confirmed his desire to build on Robert’s successes and develop manuals for best practice in local law societies and law firms.

We’ve come away with lots of ideas and inspired to do even more at BLS to provide strong representation for our members despite the ever changing legal landscape. Watch this space for new projects, events and requests for support. Bristol is already on the map as a centre of legal excellence, let’s make sure we stay there!

President’s appeal to firms to suppport vital work of Avon & Bristol Law Centre

I have recently been contacted by the President of The Law Society of England and Wales, Robert Bourns who has highlighted the difficulties currently facing Avon and Bristol Law Centre (ABLC).  You will, I’m sure, be aware of the great work which ABLC does locally providing advice and support for the most needy in society where help would otherwise be unavailable.  However, I attach a more complete document (ABLC’s annual report) which provides greater insight into this valuable provision.

As with so many organisations providing vital support and battling to promote access to justice at a time where this right is, it seems, being perpetually eroded, ABLC are struggling to fund their services.  You can see from the attached ‘case for support’ document the fantastic work which ABLC carry out on behalf of their clients and why their existence and survival is of great importance. 

In recent years similar centres across the country have been closing at an alarming rate and ABLC is the most westerly centre of its kind which remains.  Its closure, which is a very real threat, would significantly impact legal provision for many in the south west who would otherwise not have access to legal advice and support.

I have been asked, by Robert to write and request that you and your firms please offer support to ABLC whether financial, which is of immediate importance, or practical to ensure that these valuable services provided by ABLC can be maintained.  Of course, any support you can offer, financial or otherwise could form part of your firm’s wider CSR/pro bono activities.

Should you wish to speak to me further about this then I am happy for you to contact me. Alternatively, you can contact Ginette Corr at ABLC direct on . You may recall that Ginette spoke passionately at the Managing Partner’s dinner at Hotel du Vin earlier this year about ABLC. This is truly a worthwhile cause and I very much hope that you can help.

Case for support March 2017


Becky Moyce

President of Bristol Law Society