Society's News


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


Members & Benefits


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Bristol Law Society

Bristol Law Society is a private members’ local law society of about 4500 which represents and supports the local legal community. Membership is renewable annually and is open to all solicitors, barristers, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and F/CILEX 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.

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.