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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

New Genealogist Practice Launches – Kin Probate






With a wealth of legal experience behind it, Kin Probate offers its clients exceptional service and a commitment to create a long-term reciprocal relationship; hence its slogan, ‘a connection to trust’.

Founded by solicitor James Gartland, formerly of Halliwells LLP and Weightmans, James knows first-hand what solicitors look for when it comes to choosing an expert.

With his new project Kin Probate, he wants to adopt a transparent, different and more trusting approach for his clients, so that all parties are better informed. Local solicitors may recognise James from his previous involvement in Bristol Law Society private client conferences.

Having always had an interest in the world of business, James wants to challenge the traditional southern-based firms and become the genealogist of choice for solicitors and the public sector using the unique simplified service of ‘Kin: Search’, ‘Kin: Verify’ and ‘Probate: Resolution’. Kin Probate offers a free initial assessment and a range of fee options tailored to the case.

In addition to his legal background, James is an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is an accredited Expert Witness.
Keen to make a difference and tackle a variety of issues, James has been instrumental in recently organising a social clean-up of a riverside environment, with plastic waste and its environmental impact on the coastlines being a current hot topic.

Kin Probate has recently welcomed Michaela Hulme, a professional genealogist and course leader in History at Manchester Metropolitan University to enhance the firm’s offering. With big ambition, experience and capability it won’t be long before Kin Probate becomes the go-to firm for intestate deaths and more.

For further information about Kin Probate, please contact Jo Leah at or call 07770 886936.