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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

Movers and Shakers!

New Partner joins Loney Stewart Holland

Scott Taylor has joined the boutique firm of Loney Stewart Holland in April.

Scott is an experienced dispute resolution specialist.  We’ve worked with him previously and know he will be an asset to the firm.  He advises across the full range of commercial litigation disciplines including professional negligence and contractual disputes. He also adds to our current services through his extensive experience of all aspects of contentious insolvency, helping a range of stakeholders from insolvency practitioners to creditors.  You can read his thoughts on the recent high-profile insolvencies and how to protect your business here.

Well-known Portishead conveyancing specialist joins Wards Solicitors’ local team











The wealth of residential conveyancing expertise already in place at Wards Solicitors’ Portishead office has been further enhanced with the arrival of Associate, Jan Sefton.

With 12 years as a conveyancing specialist with Burroughs Day in Portishead, she joins Solicitor Associate Chris Perkins who has known the town since attending school there in 1966 and has worked in the Wards Solicitors’ office since 1998.

Specialist local knowledge:

Jan Sefton, like Chris, fully understands the local area, how things work and some of the town’s unique factors – for example, being aware that anyone buying and selling property in some areas of the Port Marine area will be legally obliged to comply with title restrictions relating  to the upkeep of the old sea wall and wildlife refuge area.  This is just one of a number of specific local arrangements that conveyancers need to be aware of and which Jan and Chris navigate daily, unlike some of the other non-local firms operating in the market.

Living and working locally:

Jan says: “I work in Portishead and live in a nearby village so know the area and people extremely well. I love it here and I’m really pleased to be joining Wards Solicitors’ where I can continue to ensure that people buying and selling in the town have access to a conveyancing team with the specialist local knowledge needed to ensure as smooth a process as possible.”

Jan is actively involved in Portishead life. She is a committee member of Portishead Chamber of Commerce and regularly takes part in community events including the Portishead Home Show, Business Outlook and the annual raft race. She is also a long standing member of the local kettlebell club and a keen runner.

Managing Partner, David Sheridan, adds: “I am delighted to welcome Jan to Wards Solicitors. She brings many years of local experience to our Portishead office, further boosting the extensive skills and knowledge we already have there.”