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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


Movers and Shakers!


Top employment lawyer joins Wards Solicitors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With more than 15 years’ experience in her specialist area, the former Burroughs Day partner has joined Wards as a consultant to develop its employment law service for businesses and individuals.

Highly recommended

Julia has a formidable reputation in Bristol. Renowned for her tenacity and robust approach to contentious workplace problems, her workload comes mostly by personal recommendation from a legion of satisfied clients.

 

She is a Notable Practitioner in Chambers legal directory which describes her as “incredibly knowledgeable and easy to work with.”

Julia acts for clients in all walks of life, from minimum-waged workers to high-profile professionals, directors and senior managers in both public and private sectors.

Helping solve workplace problems

“What gets me out of bed every morning is the satisfaction of knowing I can help people solve their workplace problems,” says Julia. “It might be getting compensation for a woman suffering sexual harassment or maternity discrimination, advising a whistleblower of his rights, or helping an employer deal with equal pay or a difficult disciplinary issue.

“Workplace issues affect people profoundly – most of us spend most of our time at work. Now that individu

 

als can issue claims in the Employment Tribunals without paying a fee, it is also a very busy time for employment lawyers.”

Experienced and approachable

People choose Julia not just for her expertise in all areas of employment law but also for her strong record in negotiating exit agreements. Previously a London journalist, she is highly sensitive to the media implications of legal issues including reputational damage to businesses.

But don’t be put off by Julia’s experience: “I’m always happy to have an initial chat with anyone with workplace issues,” she says. “It doesn’t cost anything to pick up the phone and talk things over with me”.

David Sheridan, Managing Partner at Wards Solicitors, adds: “Julia Beasley has an excellent reputation in the field of Employment Law and we are delighted to welcome her to the team. This strengthens our specialist Employment Law offering immensely.”