Society's News

Response of Bristol Law Society to the Ministry of Justice’s Consultation on Criminal Legal Aid Contracts

Bristol Law Society, thanks to Ian Kelcey and Michael Gupwell, has submitted a response to the Consultation currently being held by the MOJ. Please find the response here: Ministry of Justice Consultation on Duty Contracts – Bristol Law Society response

And the shortlisted nominees for the 2014 Bristol Law Society Awards are ….

Here! After a record number of nominations, the BLS panel has met and announced the shortlist of nominees for each award. Congratulations to everyone nominated. You can see the full list of those shortlisted below. The awards categories are:- 1. Law Student of the Year (sponsor: BLS Recruitment) Awarded to a law student who has shown exceptional endeavour and commitment … more

Annual Awards Dinner Fast Approaching

With under a week to go to the BLS Annual Awards Dinner, speculation is mounting about who will win the illustrious awards. Guest of Honour, Joshua Rozenberg, will be presenting the awards and the shortlisted candidates can be seen here. The dinner is at The Marriott City Centre Hotel and the champagne reception starts at 6:15pm. The four-course dinner starts … more


Clare Hopkins, previously an Associate in the firm, has recently been made a Partner. She becomes partner in charge of the Estate Planning and Tax department. Michael Rapps will continue as a Partner in the department with his specialisation in trust and tax planning matters, whilst having wider responsibilities in the firm. He commented “I am very pleased that Clare’s abilities have been recognised in the partnership. Already she and Associate Andy Wareham have brought new ideas and drive to the services we provide for private clients”. Clare, who qualified in 1995, joined Gregg Latchams when Wadge Rapps and Hunt, where she had previously worked as an assistant solicitor since 2000, merged into the firm.

Also Joining the partnership is Julian Pyrke, who specialises in commercial property matters and acts for a number of corporate entities and individual clients in relation to commercial property matters, both sales/purchases and leases. Julian qualified in 1994 and joins the firm from BPE Solicitors, where he was also a partner. He will also be involved in the firm’s developing “green law” sector, as well as taking forward his own knowledge of the retail sector.

At the end of March the firm will bid a sad farewell to Barbara Hunt, who has been partner in charge of the residential property. Barbara was another “import” from Wadge Rapps and Hunt where she was one of the founding partners. Barbara says that although she will miss day to day contact with the firm, retirement will give her the opportunity “to fill my time with the very many things I have always wanted to do, but never had time for”. She will also continue to do some consultancy work with the firm, so contact will not be lost. After Barbara leaves the residential property department will be headed by Sue Rzeznicki who joined the firm with her from WRH. We hope that you will join with us in wishing Barbara well in her new life.