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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


Who would you like to win Chambers of the Year – BLS Annual Awards Dinner? Vote now!













This year in addition to the usual nomination process we have asked lawyers and clients to give us their feedback on the nominated chambers. This feedback will be considered alongside the nomination form/s by the independent Judging panel in coming to their final decision. Good luck to all the nominated Chambers!


Follow this link to have your say !

All responses will remain confidential.


Updated Urgent Letter to all Users of Bristol Family and Civil Justice Centre re temporary closure – 14 August

Please see latest letter on arrangements at BCJC following the recent flood.

Letter to court users 14 August 2017

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





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Solicitor vacancy on Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Steering Group

One of the Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group projects, called The Chinese Lantern Project, is funded by the Big Lottery to operate a free helpline to members of the Chinese community across the south western region. As part of the project, they have a steering group that helps to monitor and ensure that it continues to meet their needs

The Group previously had a Chinese solicitor sitting on the steering group, who could offer a legal perspective on the project’s work. Unfortunately, he has moved away to London and resigned his position on the steering group. The group are therefore seeking another solicitor who would be able to offer their time on a voluntary basis to sit on the steering group.

It meets twice a year and they are able to reimburse expenses incurred as a result of attending the meetings, as well as informal briefings and correspondence in between to keep members updated.

Anyone interested should contact:

Kevin Chong, Office Manager

Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group

Spur 8, The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2QQ

Honorary QC Counsel Nominations- deadline 24th August to The Law Society

Dear Colleague

The Ministry of Justice has launched the 2017/18 round of Queen’s Counsel honoris causa (honorary silk) awards by inviting nominations. All practitioners and members of the public are free to make nominations (including self-nominations if they qualify) direct to the Ministry of Justice

In addition, the Law Society is participating in this process, as in previous years, by seeking to make nominations itself of members of the Law Society (solicitors). The office holders are securing coverage for the Law Society’s role as nominator by means of publicity in Professional Update, online Gazette and the Law Society website inviting nominations. To that end, we are inviting people to nominate themselves, or others, to us. The office holders will then select those who will go forward as nominees of the Law Society.

The way in which to make a nomination for this process is by providing basic personal details of the nominee (or yourself) and the following:

·         Legal qualifications and legal experience to date

·         What significant contribution have they made to the law in England and Wales other than in Court

·         Their major contribution – beyond what might normally  be expected  for someone in their position

·         Why you think this person should be nominated by the Law Society as an honorary QC

Please do this by downloading and completing a copy of the standard nomination form which you can find on the Ministry of Justice website at the link below. Please then send your completed form to  to arrive no later than 12 noon on 24 August 2017 if you wish your nomination to be considered by the Law Society for submission to the Ministry of Justice. Nomination by the Law Society is subject to our own internal discernment process and is, of course, no guarantee of ultimate success in the competition. As mentioned above, you are free to nominate yourselves or anyone you wish direct to the Ministry of Justice in any event.

Further details about the honorary QC process can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: do circulate this to your members; we are seeking the highest quality members of our profession for nomination.


Joe Egan


The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

twitter: @lawsocpresident

The Bristol Bar -v- Bristol Law Society Match Report

The Bristol Bar -v- Bristol Law Society Thursday 29th June at Coombe Dingle

Players Photo

🙁 photo of BLS losing!

John Moriarty presents the Bar with the Trophy – Hat-trick!

Bar Team celebrate hat-trick

Match ends

The Bristol Bar snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as the BLS were bowled out 2 runs short of a modest target in an astonishing 16: 16 cricket match.

The Bar won the toss and elected to bat first hoping to gain an advantage in the gloomy conditions.  Palminteri joined the Bar for the fixture to even the teams out which proved to be a shrewd move.

The Bar struggled to find momentum at the start of their innings with the openers Chris Walker 15 and Bert Welch 10 carefully accumulating an opening partnership of 21 runs.  Wickets fell at regular intervals after that, due to some tight bowling and some brilliant catching and fielding.  The BLS wicket keeper also had an excellent match and contributed with a stumping off a wide and a runout.  The ball was not coming onto the bat and it was rather a sticky wicket and a rather long boundary so a very modest score was posted of 87.  This was thanks in no small part to the extras boosting the score. The only other batsman to reach double figures was Ken Duthie 14.

BLS had a super opening partnership putting on 46 for the first wicket and the game looked almost over at that point.  However, the Bar never gave up and despite a few dropped catches the bowlers plugged away and took a few wickets, Welch taking a stunning catch in the covers of Norton.  Price was dropped just before reaching his compulsory retirement score of 25 and was the stand out batsman. At 56 for 2 BLS still looked in complete control.  However, Vaitilingam took the ball and produced a memorable over.   His first ball was pushed for a single and then he took a wicket as the batsman drove the ball to mid-off and Duthie took a remarkable diving one handed catch.  The field was bought in for the new batsman who played down the wrong line and was bowled middle stump.  Vaitilingam had two in two, could he get a third?  The new batsman was surrounded, the ball was floated up nicely, the batsman pushed forward and popped the ball up straight into the air heading towards Duthie who calmly took the catch and Vaitilingam had a hat trick!

The BLS had lost 5 wickets for 11 runs, were 57 for 5 in the 10th over and still needed 31 of the last 6 overs.  However, there was some further tight bowling, especially by Welch, and Duthie excelled again with another diving catch.  Chidgey ran out a batsman with a direct hit, Benson snaffled a simple catch in the covers and it was time for Price to return with only a hand full of runs required.   Could he usher BLS home?  With bowling options running out, Scutt the wicket keeper was asked to remove his pads and bowl the 14th  over with only 2 runs needed.   Price smacked the ball into the outfield and ran one and was called for the second, Walker threw the ball to Scutt who was not quite back over the stumps and dived at the wickets but he was short, he then steadied himself and with the batsman still some way short of the crease he knocked the bails off and an unlikely victory was recorded.


Sols: 87 (all out)

Bar: 88 for 8

Sad news – Rodney King

It is with sadness that we have learned of the passing of Rodney King last weekend.

His funeral service will be held at All Saints Church Clifton on August 3rd at 1pm.

A ‘hearing’ was held for him last week in the court – to find out more, see here:

The full transcript can be viewed here : RODNEY KING 14.07.17 MEMORY HEARING




Law Society Monthly Report – August (South West)

The Law Society

The Law Society

August 2017 (South West)

Free library books to go to a good home!












Post our move to the new offices we still have a some books which we are looking to re-house.  We have SI’s from circa 1890 to 1999 which are largely bound in blue.  The collection runs to roughly 40 archive boxes worth.  Please let us know if you are interested in any of the collection.  Books must be collected from our premises.

Please contact for more information.



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