Society's News


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


Our Society


Bristol Law Society

Bristol Law Society (BLS) is a large local law society with a membership in the region of 1000 and is the oldest local law society in the country being founded in 1770. It has an innovative and collaborative approach to working within and outside the legal profession and is at the forefront of many initiatives, both national and regional. Since 2017, the Society’s offices and library are located at 12 Colston Avenue, right on the centre of Bristol, ideally placed for those members who spend much of their time in and around the Courts or visiting Counsel.

Governance
The Society is governed by a President, two Vice Presidents, other officers and a Council of solicitors. Council members come from a variety of backgrounds, large and small firms, in-house and private practice and cover all areas of legal work in order to reflect the  profession as a whole.

Services
Bristol Law Society provides a range of services to its members including a library, an annual programme of courses and seminars and a legal recruitment consultancy.

Events
Throughout the year an increasing number of events is organised for members including events with and for non lawyers, professional dinners with the decision makers of the local firms, two quizzes, a Summer Party, charity Golf Day, the Awards Dinner and Legal Sunday celebrations plus a wide range of educational conferences and workshops. These events are both very successful and well attended – last year we had 150 people at the summer party and over 410 guests at the awards dinner. They are not only fun but also offer the opportunity for members to meet and network with others within and outside the profession. Click for photos

Membership
There are two categories of membership of Bristol Law Society. Full Membership is open to fully-qualified solicitors who are on the Law Society Roll and who live or work within a 30-mile radius of Bristol. Associate Membership is open to other members of the legal  profession including Trainee Solicitors, Barristers, Pupils, ILEX members and solicitors outside the 30-mile Bristol radius. Associate Members enjoy all the benefits of membership except voting at the AGM and becoming a Council member.

For membership form and current rates click here
For further information please contact Bristol Law Society at 12 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST on telephone: 0117 945 8486
Email: info@bristollawsociety.com