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BLS features in Bristol Post oldest thriving companies in Bristol

Excerpt from the article: How Bristol’s oldest companies are still thriving after more than 100 years in business They include the city’s last-surviving chocolate maker a wine merchant and a tannery. Why do some companies struggle to survive beyond a year while others flourish for hundreds? Although more than 90 per cent of small companies in Britain will survive one … more

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?

BLS Member discount offer on GCHQ certified Social Engineering Course – 8 August

Red Goat Cyber Security are offering Bristol Law Society members a 15% discount on their upcoming GCHQ certified Social Engineering course at Imperial College on the 8th of August. This interactive half-day cyber security course helps you identify and prevent social engineering attacks such as phishing and impersonation by placing you in the position of the hackers to enable you … more

JLD Forum Report


On Saturday 10 March 2018 Bristol Junior Lawyers Division hosted the JLD’s Forum for trainees and NQs at BPP Law School in Queen Square. The turnout was fantastic with many local junior lawyers giving up their Saturday.

The JLD hold a number of events throughout the country each year with the aim of providing useful sessions for its members to help them advance their careers.

The event covered a wide array of topics and welcomed a variety of speakers from the Bristol legal community. The day started with a session on costs from Lucy Baldwin, head of commercial litigation costs at Paragon Costs with tips on how to maximise costs recovery.

Next up was Natasha Dzameh of St John’s Chambers, BLS’s barrister of the year 2017 who delivered a talk on how build good relationships with counsel. The talk included a list of counsel’s pet peeves when it comes to receiving instructions (never send a broken folder!) before Natasha opened up the floor to pet peeves solicitors have about barristers.

The afternoon session commenced with horror stories from Michael Murray of Brunel Professions about the negligence risks faced by law firms. Thankfully Michael was able to include a ray of hope at the end of his talk and tips on what junior lawyers need to do to avoid negligence claims from the outset.

The next session was a panel covering the topic of moving firms after qualification. The panel consisted Gishan Abeyatne of BCL Legal, Coralie McKeivor of Foot Anstey and Helen Hancock of Simmons and Simmons LLP who were able to give a range on different perspectives on the benefits and pitfalls of moving firms after qualification.

The penultimate session of the day was delivered by Tony Anderson and Simon Martin of Anderson Financial Management. The session focussed on what junior lawyers should be aware of at various stages of their careers, when planning for their future financial security.

The final session of the day was delivered by Leon Smith of DAC Beachcroft LPP on the benefits of getting involved in your local law society.











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