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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


The Law Commission’s Annual Report 2016-17


The Law Commission’s Annual Report 2016-17 has been published.
It reveals another positive year for the independent law reform body with:

  • Four new statutes based on Law Commission recommendations – Part 5 of the Enterprise Act 2016, Part 6 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017, and Part 2 of the Digital Economy Act 2017.
  • Record numbers of submissions to the 13th Programme of Law Reform consultation – over 1300 responses covering 220 individual suggestions
  • Updated figures which show that seven out of every 10 (69%) Law Commission reports have been wholly or partly implemented or accepted over the past half century
  • The appointment of our Chief Executive during the reporting period, Phil Golding
  • The appointment of a second non-executive Board member, Director of the Institute for Government, Bronwen Maddox.

Law Commission Chair Sir David Bean said:
“The past year has been a very successful one for the Commission with four more of our recommendations reaching the statute book.
“Our 13th Programme consultation – with some 1,300 responses – has also clearly demonstrated the public’s continued appetite for law reform.
“Despite operating in uncertain times with significant budgetary pressure, we will build on this enthusiasm to continue making the law simple, modern and fair.”
Download the Law Commission’s Annual Report 2016-17
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