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President’s Charity of the Year – Bristol Children’s Help Society

                            The Bristol Children’s Help Society is a privately funded volunteer led charity that owns and runs Barton Camp our 100 bed residential children’s centre in the beautiful Mendip hills. Barton Camp operates through the year as a base where disadvantaged local children can enjoy a few … more

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

No 12, The Meeting Rooms – Conference, Meeting and Mediation Rooms for Hire

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms including a suite of mediation 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 … more

Local News Roundup

Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ (VWV) healthcare specialist lawyer, Oliver Pool, has been promoted to Partner.

Oliver’s appointment comes hot on the heels of recent growth in the Healthcare team including the appointment of Paul Werrell and the joining of leading healthcare practice Lockharts in January this year.

Having trained in London, Oliver joined VWV in 2005. He acts mainly for GP partnerships on a wide range of commercial matters including partnership deeds, disputes and contracts.  Independent legal directory Chambers & Partners describes him as “knowledgeable and resourceful”.

Simon Heald, VWV Managing Partner, commented:

“Oliver has been a key member of the Healthcare team for many years and has been pivotal in achieving the reputation and growth we have.  The Healthcare team continues to go from strength to strength and this has been recognised by leading independent research directory Chambers & Partners.  The directory has ranked the Healthcare team in Band 1 – the highest ranking and five out of seven named lawyers are from VWV, including Oliver.”


Mowbray Woodwards

Bath law firm Mowbray Woodwards has strengthened its Dispute Resolution offering with  the appointment of Edward Thompson.

Edward brings with him a wealth of experience in civil and commercial litigation.  His major practice area is property litigation, with additional expertise in contractual disputes, construction and land disputes, professional negligence and banking litigation.

Mowbray Woodwards’ Managing Partner, Tracey Smith, said “We are delighted that Edward has joined the firm. Edward’s experience and specialism in property litigation fits well with our existing offering and means we can provide our private and commercial property clients with joined up advice for all of their legal needs.

Edward qualified in 2012 and has developed his practice area at a number of large law firms. He is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

To make an appointment with Edward, please call 01225 485700 or email


Guildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers are pleased to announce that Katie Hooper and Paul Lewis will be joining chambers in July 2017.  We look forward to welcoming Katie and Paul to Guildhall Chambers.  If you would like to instruct either Katie or Paul, please contact

“I am delighted to welcome Katie and Paul to Chambers, whose impressive careers to date, and wide experience, will fit perfectly within the practice teams that they are joining, giving our clients even greater choice of specialists in these areas.

They join a growing number of established practitioners who are applying to come to our Chambers.”  James Townsend, Head of Guildhall Chambers

Katie Hooper (Year of Call 2008)

All aspects of property, estates and commercial work.

Having previously practised at the commercial chancery Bar for a number of years, Katie now returns to practice having recently gained a wealth of relevant experience offshore in Jersey, where she is admitted to the local Bar.  There, she has acted in a wide variety of complex and high-value trusts, commercial and insolvency/restructuring litigation, often multi-jurisdictional in nature.

In the property and estates sphere, Katie has particular expertise in contentious wills and probate, family provision and trusts cases, as well as real property disputes.  Katie is an experienced advocate and, in 2015, she was named in eprivateclient’s Top 35 Under 35 list, which recognises rising stars in the private client advisory professions from the UK and UK offshore.

Paul Lewis (Year of Call 2007)

A wide-ranging chancery and commercial practice, both contentious and advisory.

Paul has a particular focus on trust and will disputes, family provision cases and Court of Protection work (including related tax and professional negligence issues).  His practice also extends to property, commercial and company law matters.  Paul has worked on cases in other common law jurisdictions and he has appeared in Court overseas.

Paul is admitted to the Bar in Jersey where he recently appeared as a trial advocate for the Claimants in Crociani & O’rs v Crociani, Foortse, BNP Paribas (Jersey) Trust Company Ltd, Appleby Trust (Mauritius) Ltd & O’rs, a breach of trust claim worth in excess of US$100million.



Wards Solicitors’ Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity team – now one of the biggest in the South West – is further expanding with the addition of two new members to the department.


Solicitor, Tom Gabb, and chartered legal executive, Kim Brodribb, will take up their positions in the Keynsham and Yate offices respectively where they will add to the wealth of expertise and provision already offered across all 11 Wards Solicitors’ offices.


The Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity team at Wards Solicitors is increasingly being recognised as one of the most experienced in the region.

Head of the team, Jenny Pierce holds the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable clients. This is a comprehensive programme for professionals advising those with issues of mental and physical incapacity.

Jenny has also been appointed to the Governments Office of the Public Guardian’s prestigious Panel of Professional Deputies alongside her fellow partner, Rebecca Parkman.

In addition, the majority of Wards Solicitors’ probate team lawyers are either student or full members of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). Full members hold the Certificate in Older Client Care in Practice Award. Jenny Pierce is SFE’s regional coordinator for Bristol and Bath and Ruth Coles is Somerset’s regional coordinator.

Welcoming Tom and Kim to the team, Jenny said: “It’s exciting to welcome Kim and Tom to the Wards Solicitors’ Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity Team. The Team is growing and we continue to go from strength to strength. Kim and Tom will find themselves busy from day one helping the Team maintain its friendly and professional reputation. They join a Team and firm that prides itself on high standards of client care.”

Caroline Kourdoulos, a chartered legal executive, also joins the conveyancing team in Worle.


Burroughs Day

South West law firm Burroughs Day has announced it is to focus on developing its own independent brand and leave the QualitySolicitors (QS) network.

The multi-service firm with offices in Bristol and Portishead joined the QS organisation as a founding member in June 2010. Burroughs Day was a key player on the QS national strategy committee and helped lead initiatives to standardise client service standards across the network. Now Burroughs Day has returned to its roots as a regional leader.

The launch of the new brand identity this month aims to reflect Burroughs Day’s high quality service to individuals and SMEs. The timing coincides with the firm becoming an LLP and moving to modern offices in a historic Grade II listed building in elegant Queen Square, Bristol.

“The time is now right for Burroughs Day to build on its own long-established, excellent reputation in the West Country, rather than being part of a national umbrella marketing network,” said Senior Partner Hugh Balchin.

“We have always been a client-centred and independent. Our new brand reflects and embraces those long-held values.

“This is an exciting new chapter for our partners, staff and clients. They will benefit from the dynamism and innovation that we have within the firm“

“Burroughs Day has enjoyed the visibility that comes with being a national brand,’ added Mr Balchin.

“As a founder member of QS, we helped drive client-friendly initiatives such as more accessible opening hours and transparency on fees. Burroughs Day is still committed to improving the delivery of legal services, and will continue to develop this.

“We have enjoyed a close working relationship with QS over the years and wish them all the best for the future.”

The firm started trading as Burroughs Day LLP on 1 May 2017.