Society's News

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

President & Council

Nick Lee Elected as New BLS President 2018/19

Nick Lee was elected President of Bristol Law Society at the 148th AGM held at 12 Colston Avenue on Tuesday 20th November 2018.









The members of Bristol Law Society elect a President and two Vice Presidents annually at the AGM in November. The President’s role is to represent the Society and the Bristol legal sector and to manage Council and Executive in implementing the policies of Bristol Law Society during the year.


Executive Group 2018-19:

President: Nicholas (Nick) Lee, Paragon Costs Solutions

Senior Vice President: Ben Holt, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Junior Vice President:  Erin Sawyer, Irwin Mitchell

Immediate Past President: Gary Lightwood, Pattinson & Brewer

Hon. Secretary: Coralie McKeivor, CMS

Hon. Treasurer: Jonathan Peacock, St Augustine’s Law

Executive Chairman: John Moriarty

Head of Operations: Helen Read


Council members 2018-19:

Leon Smith, DAC Beachcroft

Leonie Parkin, Computershare

Joanne Campbell, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Julian Kinsey, Womble Bond Dickinson

Michael Gupwell, Wards Solicitors

Katherine M King, Burges Salmon

Gareth Malna, Burges Salmon

Karen Stuart, Simmons & Simmons

Owen Mason, Daniel Woodman & Co

Edward Thompson, Battens (Also Bath Rep)

Marc White, Marc White and Co

Ben Hanham, TLT

Tara Connor-McLaren, Thrings

Shahzia Daya, Director of Legal, West of England Combined Authority


Special Member: (TBC Dec 2018 Council meeting)

Janis Purdy, Hon Sec ASWLS (Association of South Western Law Societies)


Co-Opted Members: (TBC December 2018 Council meeting)

Scott Silbereis, UWE

Nick Haywood, Osborne Clarke


Law Society Member Ian Kelcey, Kelcey & Hall


Invited Representatives, Non-Council:

Rav Hothi, Sarah Richards, James Shepherd, SW Region, The  Law Society

Toby Huggins, Unity Street Chambers & Bar Representative

Rachel Fisher, Stowe Family Law & JLD Chair

Sarah Goodridge, Royds Withy King & CILEx Chair (Bristol Branch)

Dagmar Steffens, UWE

Jane Emmanuel, Avon & Bristol Law Centre, Pro-Bono Representative