Society's News


BLS New President 2016/17- Becky Moyce

Becky Moyce was invested as President of BLS at its AGM held in its new offices on 23 November 2016. Biography Becky joined Temple Bright LLP as a Partner in January 2011.  She is a specialist property litigation lawyer and mainly handles commercial landlord and tenant disputes, property-related insolvency issues and land ownership disputes. Becky joined BLS Council in December … more


Urgent Court Business- a reminder to Solicitors of the contact details and procedure

Civil and Family work: Injunctions e.g. Anti Social Behaviour Orders obtained in the County Court. Children Act applications (for example child snatch cases where a residence order has been made in the County Court and the child has not been returned ) Domestic Violence Injunctions with a power of arrest attached issued in the County Court under Part IV Family … more


How can legal practitioners protect themselves from increasingly common conveyancing professional negligence claims?

Jonathan Simon, Executive Director, Willis looks at risks of professional negligence in conveyancing. Conveyancing claims, in my experience as a broker, account for roughly a third of all notifications of claims against solicitors, but during a recession the figure can rise to closer to half. As the UK economy has been out of recession for some time, and property teams … more


Members & Benefits


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Bristol Law Society

Bristol Law Society is a private members’ local law society of about 1000 which represents and supports the local legal community. Membership is renewable annually and is open to all solicitors, barristers, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and ILEX members who are entitled to join as Associates Members if not eligible for full membership. For more information see About Us. To apply to join, you must have a proposer and seconder who are members of Bristol Law Society.  If you do not know a member of BLS and wish to join, please do contact us and we will assist in finding requisite members on council who can support your application. All cheques should be sent to the office and made payable to Bristol Law Society or we can invoice you. If you have any queries, please contact us at membership@bristollawsociety.com.

Membership confers a number of benefits including access to various special offers and special rates to attend BLS events. Members receive the Bristol Law Society monthly news and views magazine, Legal Life and are entitled to access the centrally located Law Library and use the Library reading room.

To apply for Full Membership, please complete the attached form – Membership Form 2017 – Full – and return to the BLS Office.

To apply for Associate Membership, please complete the attached form – Membership Form 2017 – Associate – and return to the BLS Office.

SUBSCRIPTIONS RENEWAL FOR EXISTING BRISTOL LAW SOCIETY MEMBERS 2016-2017:

Subscriptions for the new membership year became due on 1 December 2017.  All members will receive a letter from the BLS Office advising them that their membership is due for renewal.  A letter will also be sent to firms with a list of members. Subscription rates have not been increased and are as follows:

Membership Rates (Full Members)

□ Partner, Principal, or Sole Practitioner [ £100.00 p.a. ]
□ Employed Solicitor with 3 years PQE+ [ £60.00 p.a. ]
□ Employed Solicitor with less than 3 years PQE [ £40.00 p.a. ]
□ Retired or unemployed Solicitor [ £30.00 p.a. ]
□ Corporate Rate – available on request.

Membership Rates (Associate Members)

□ Barrister [ £100.00 p.a ].
□ Trainee or chartered legal executive; paralegal or legal assistant; licensed conveyancer; registered foreign lawyer; etc [ £40.00 p.a. ].
□ Retired or employed by a recognised provider of legal education [ £30.00 p.a. ].
□ Trainee Solicitor; Pupil or Trainee Barrister; Undergraduate or post graduate student [ FREE ].

Cheques should be made payable to Bristol Law Society and sent to the BLS Office.  Bank details for BACS payments are available upon request.