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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


The Law Society – Women in Leadership Roundtable Toolkits


As part of her Presidential theme, the President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Christina Blacklaws is focusing on women in leadership.

Christina spoke to nearly 100 female lawyers and a couple of brave men at a recent Bristol event and on the back of her presentation encouraged women in the city to set up and facilitate roundtable discussions and target setting which will then be reported on to give some qualitative evidence on the progress being made.

In order to facilitate those meetings, the following helpful guidance has been produced.

Dear all

I am pleased to present the final toolkit and facilitator guidance for the Women in leadership in Law project roundtables.

As Christina explained at TLT in June, we would like to encourage you to host your own roundtables – at least one, and hopefully multiple – either with your female colleagues (both within your organisation and outside of it), contacts, peers and friends, or a combination of all.

Discussions can take place in small groups and have a range of attendees who vary in seniority, age and role, but all of whom are in the legal profession and who collectively have diverse backgrounds and are representative of our profession. More information on how to conduct your roundtables is set out in the facilitator guidance.

It is important that the methodology in the facilitator guidance is adhered to as closely as possible, and that all the problems and solutions identified in your roundtable are noted down and returned to the Law Society so that we can analyse the results. All feedback received will be anonymised and no detail will be attributable to an individual or organisation.

If requested, and if between Monday 3 September – Friday 17 September representatives from the Law Society of England and Wales will be available to provide support by attending your roundtable, subject to availability. You are of course welcome to arrange your roundtable at any time, but we would not be able to offer practical support. All roundtables must take place by 30 September 2018 to ensure that the qualitative data and outcomes of the calls to action can be captured and analysed before publication in Spring 2019.

From October to December 2018 the Law Society will be running men’s roundtables, and these will be organised separately.

If you would like to host a roundtable please let Sarah Richards sarah.richards@lawsociety.org.uk know about the dates of your roundtable, and whether you would like practical support from a Law Society representative.

All questions regarding the toolkit and or facilitator guidance can be directed to Lauren Thornton lauren.thornton@lawsociety.org.uk.

Women in leadership in Law – roundtable facilitator guidance

Women in leadership in Law – toolkit

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