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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

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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

Gregg Latchams Joins Forces with Jacobs Allen Hammond to Expand Service Offering in London

  • The merger with Jacobs Allen Hamond expands the wealth of legal services to London clients
  • The two firms share the same ethos and values, and are a natural pairing as they come together to support their clients
  • This partnership enables clients to gain access to a wider pool of experience and expertise

 Gregg Latchams and London-based Jacobs Allen Hammond, two well established law firms, have joined together to provide a wider reach in the services they offer.  The merger reflects the shared ethos and values of the two firms as well as supporting Gregg Latchams’ growth strategy.

The Jacobs Allen Hammond office will extend and consolidate Gregg Latchams’ London presence through attracting more metropolitan and international clients. JAH clients will benefit from access to a full range of legal services and expertise for individuals and businesses.

This natural partnership is recognition of Jacobs Allen Hammond’s excellent work in private client and commercial property. Christopher Allen, of Jacobs Allen Hammond, welcomes the future collaboration with Gregg Latchams: “We have been looking for opportunities to grow and enhance the services we offer. Our clients now have access to an excellent range of advocacy and consultancy.”

Gregg Latchams’ expertise across extensive business sectors such as manufacturing & supply chain, media, food & drink combined with its professional and regulatory services will provide JAH clients access to advice and help with a commitment to service excellence.

Richard Hill, Managing Director of Gregg Latchams says of the merger: “The opportunity that this offers both organisations in enabling us to augment and advance our service offering makes this an exciting proposition”

The two firms will now both operate under the Gregg Latchams name.



Mowbray Woodwards strengthens its team with two new appointments

Leading Bath-based law firm Mowbray Woodwards has strengthened its legal team with two new key appointments at its Queen Square offices.

Associate solicitor Rebecca Broom has joined the growing private client team where she will be responsible for advising clients on all aspects of future planning, including Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Care Planning.

Rebecca, who qualified as a solicitor in 2001, has extensive experience of helping individuals in estate planning and probate matters having worked for 11 years at Woollcombe Yonge solicitors in Plymouth and prior to that, she worked at Blaser Mills solicitors in Buckinghamshire for 10 years. Rebecca is a fully accredited member of both The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

Rebecca said: “I’m thrilled to be joining such a long-established, multi-disciplinary law firm as Mowbray Woodwards which has a first-class reputation in Bath and throughout the region.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is having the opportunity to meet people and hear their stories. I enjoy helping clients get their financial and property affairs in order, providing them and their families with peace of mind for the future.”

Another new arrival is Areesha Amin who joins as a paralegal in the busy residential property team. Areesha studied law at UWE and recently qualified as an accredited mediator. As an important member of the property team, she will be responsible for helping clients with the full range of conveyancing services and providing administrative support to Mowbray Woodwards’ specialist property solicitors.

The two new appointments follow hot on the heels of the recent qualification of Harriet Woodman as solicitor in the family law team. Harriet joined Mowbray Woodwards as a trainee solicitor in 2014. She will be working alongside associate solicitor Daniela Nikols, assisting parents involved in care proceedings.

Managing Partner of Mowbray Woodwards Tracey Smith, said: “A big welcome to our brand new appointees Rebecca Broom and Areesha Amin. It is always exciting when new team members join us here at Mowbray Woodwards and I know they will make a valued contribution to the private client and property departments respectively. And a ‘huge well done’ to Harriet Woodman on her recent qualification as solicitor. Our trainees play a key part in our long-term success and it is hugely gratifying to help provide them with a firm foundation to build their law career.”