Society's News

Bristol JLD Ball a great success

BLS President, Mike Gupwell, was amongst the many who attended the Bristol JLD Ball for a superb evening of fun, celebration and fund raising. Mike Gupwell said: “Bristol Law Society were very proud to sponsor the Bristol Junior Lawyers Division Ball in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support on what was a fantastic evening.  It was great to see the event … more

SRA Q&A on the proposed regulatory changes to Consumer Credit

On the 15th May 2015, BLS is holding an opportunity for BLS Members to quiz Crispin Passmore of the SRA on the new Consumer Credit changes and how this will affect practitioners. Wesleyan For Lawyers are sponsoring this event to be held at the Law Library, Small Street on 15th May from 12:00 – 13:30 The proposed changes to the regulation … more

Information about Past Presidents

In this section Jack Lyes summarises information about Bristol Law Society Past Presidents from 1870 – 1889 1870 Charles Edward Ward. Clerk to Merchant Venturers. Photograph in BA ref 44687/BLS/IM/Ph/2/2. Partner Osborne Ward (later with Brooke Smith, Vassall & Parr). See BW(2) page 146 and The Merchant Venturers of Bristol by Patrick McGrath page 267. 1871 George Cooke. Evangelical Anglican. … more


Irwin Mitchell, which has a Bristol office, is celebrating after its commitment to graduate recruitment and diversity issues helped it win two prizes at a prestigious industry awards event.

The business won the Most Effective Diversity Programme – Gender, and Best Graduate Trainee Recruitment Campaign at The Lawyer’s Workplace And Diversity Awards held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel held on February 7th – further evidence of the outstanding work Irwin Mitchell has undertaken on both issues.

The firm’s Best Graduate Trainee Recruitment Campaign win has put the spotlight on how the restructuring of its Legal Work Placement programme has created a consistent and engaging experience for students.