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

RollOnMonday – a new work scheme with the homeless charity St Mungo’s

RollOnMonday is a joint venture between the legal website and the homeless charity St Mungo’s.

Law firms and related businesses such as BPP Law School and the University of Law offer employment to candidates who have been homeless, wherever the firm has need for them. Candidates work for two weeks on expenses only. At the end of the two weeks there is an expectation that they will be retained for a further six months on at least the London of National Living Wage. At the end of the six months there is a hope but certainly not an expectation that the candidates may be kept on permanently.

More than 60 candidates have already gone through the scheme, the majority of which are now in full time employment. Firms which have taken on multiple candidates include, but are not limited to, Burges Salmon, Clifford Chance, DWF, Freshfields, Linklaters, Macfarlanes, Shearman & Sterling, Travers Smith, White & Case and Weil Gotshal. New work clothing has been kindly provided by Marks & Spencer, Next and Primark.

RollOnMonday has been incredibly successful in London, and following a substantial donation from Osborne Clarke is now rolling out across the UK.

If any firm is interested in taking on a candidate please go to to read more, or contact