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The President’s Charity of the Year 2017/18

                      Please see Freewheelers Leaflet 2017 for the fabulous work these volunteer riders undertake to assist the NHS in moving vital supplies and equipment  around the county. Who knows which one of us or someone we know may have already benefited from their amazing work?

Welcome from BLS President 2017/18 – Gary Lightwood

                    Gary Lightwood is the Managing Partner of Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors’ Bristol office. During his career he has specialised in personal injury litigation, clinical negligence and family law. A former Officer in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, Gary then qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 after joining … 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

Developing Pro Bono Advice in the South West                       

What is it?

Vulnerable people who cannot afford legal advice will be able to receive one off advice from a qualified and experienced lawyer via Skype. Initially the advice will be provided by pro bono solicitors based in Bristol, via Avon & Bristol Law Centre, but soon we hope to be able to allow solicitors to provide the advice via Skype from their home or offices.

How will it work?

Clients who contact their local advice agency for help with family or employment problems can have a skype appointment booked in with a pro bono solicitor. A volunteer will support the client during the appointment. Solicitors will provide advice to the clients over Skype at pre arranged times, having received brief details about the case in advance.

What about insurance?

The solicitors are Law Centre volunteers and are therefore covered by the Law Centre’s indemnity insurance.

What is the time commitment?

Approx 3 hours every two months

How can I help?

The first phase of the project, due to launch in early 2017, will focus on family and employment law. We are looking for family and employment specialists to join our team of volunteers. If you are a family or employment lawyer interested in supporting the project, please contact Ginette Corr at Avon & Bristol Law Centre at or on 0117 916 7710.