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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


New corporate lawyer marks further expansion at Royds Withy King


Bath’s largest team of corporate and commercial lawyers has signalled further expansion with the appointment of solicitor Edward Chapman.

Ed Chapman has joined the corporate and commercial team at Royds Withy King from TLT in Bristol, where he worked on a range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, fund-raising and management buy-outs, acting for individuals and companies with local, national and international requirements. He also has experience of corporate restructuring, including in distressed situations, delivering solutions to meet commercial needs and deadlines.

Ed’s appointment further strengthens Royds Withy King’s corporate and commercial team, which continues to expand following Withy King’s merger with City of London firm Royds, providing greater breadth and depth of services to clients based in Bath and across the West. In addition to looking after local and national interests, Royds Withy King is increasingly supporting its clients internationally through its membership of Interleges, a proactive global network of independent lawyers.

Commenting on his appointment, Ed said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Royds Withy King, particularly as the firm’s ambitions seem to reflect my own. I was looking to join a progressive, growing team with the sector expertise to undertake interesting corporate and commercial work, and Royds Withy King fits the bill on every level. During my time at TLT I developed a strong network of contacts in Bristol and I am looking forward to building on these relationships in Bath and the wider area.”

Ed continued: “I was also drawn to Royds Withy King’s ethos, putting clients’ interests first and tailoring their approach to suit. Our clients range from ambitious start-ups, owner-managed businesses and SMEs, through to large companies operating internationally and I am impressed by the firm’s ability to offer a personal and hands-on service regardless of size or scale.”

The appointment of Ed Chapman follows that of Natalie Pring who has qualified into the team after completing her training contract with the firm.

Royds Withy King’s corporate and commercial lawyers also have specialist knowledge of a variety of sectors, including banking and financial services, technology media and telecoms, property and construction.

The team’s most recent work has included advising Fidelius Financial Holdings on its merger with rival MoneyWise and the shareholders of international unified communications provider Applicable Limited on its sale to Arkadin SAS, an NTT Communications company.

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