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Notice of AGM, 20 November 2018

The Council and Executive of Bristol Law Society would like to invite all members of Bristol Law Society to the 148th Annual General Meeting to be held at 12 Colston Avenue BS1 4ST on 20 November 2018. We are pleased to attach a formal Notice of AGM for the purposes of conducting the business as set out in the attached … more

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

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

Out of date legal books? Donate them to ILBF.

The International Law Book Facility (ILBF) is a small, UK based charity which ships second hand UK law books to organisations across the world who support the rule of law and access to justice. Organisations supported include universities, pro bono groups, judiciaries, bar associations, law commissions and prisons. In 11 years, the ILBF has shipped 35,000 books to over 150 organisations in 47 countries.

The books are donated from across the legal community. Packing days are organised by the Shipping Coordinator and the Administrator who are student volunteers and members of the ILBF Operating Committee which is comprised of volunteers from across the legal profession.

A recent survey of the recipients of the books showed that the demand for UK law books is as great as ever. In particular, student textbooks are very popular, not just with universities but also with organisations such as the African Prisons Project (APP) who run a legal studies programme in Ugandan and Kenyan prisons.  The University of East Africa received books in December 2016 and have recently sent this feedback:

‘Being quite a new Law Faculty that is stocking books, the addition of the 530 critical law books donated to our library by the International Law Book Facility is such a big leap! These books will be read by many students, will enable the effective teaching of law and further legal knowledge that would eventually translate into a broad range of benefits for the people of Uganda as a whole.’

Dean of the Law, University of East Africa, Mr John Kigula

More information about the ILBF can be found on their  website at The 10th Anniversary film explains how they work and what the impact of the books is: