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Legal Aid Agency delay in notification of tender outcomes to firms branded “unacceptable”

15th October. That’s the date now that the Legal Aid Agency says it will be notifying criminal firms about whether they have been successful in the tender process. The extra delay has been categorised by the Law Society as of major concern. Bristol Law Society has echoed the concerns of the Law Society which has made urgent representations to the … more

And the nominees are …… Annual Awards Dinner 2015 Shortlisted Nominees

The highlight of the Bristol Legal Year is always Bristol Law Society’s Annual Dinner. And over the past few years, the Dinner has seen BLS hand out awards recognising the brightest and best of those working in the local legal community. This year on the 15th October, the sold out event, sponsored by UWE, will see Clive Coleman, BBC Legal … more

Bristol Law Society Past Presidents 1931 – 1950

Jack Lyes, himself formerly a Past President of Bristol Law Society, has been looking at the records and archives held in the Bristol Records Office to find out more about Past Presidents of the Bristol Law Society. Here he summarises information held on those who held office between 1931 and 1950. 1931 Henry Reginald Wansbrough. See 1905. Twice president of … 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.