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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

Unclaimed client balances – a huge help to local people

Please see below letter from Quartet Community Foundation to local firms.

I wrote to local firms two years ago on the subject of donating unclaimed client assets to local good causes, since when more than £325,000 has been donated by firms like yours for Quartet Community Foundation (Quartet) to help local people.

Quartet (Registered Charity Number: 1080418) supports small local charities and good causes across Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. You may know our Chairman, Robert Bourns of TLT Solicitors. We manage over £26 million in endowed funds and last year we awarded £2.87 million in grants to more than 950 charities and organisations. We’re quality accredited and carry out thorough due diligence on grant applicants.

For 30 years we’ve been helping disadvantaged local people. Right now needs are growing just when public sector funding has been cut so we really need your help to support more people like the Easton community. The grants we give to local good causes range from £50 to more than £60,000 so everything you donate really does change local lives.

When you choose to transfer unclaimed client balances to Quartet we will provide you with the indemnity required to enable you to meet your obligations under Rule 20 of the SRA Accounts Rules. As balances are held within a permanent endowment, we would be able to repay clients’ monies should that become appropriate.

You and those working in your firm can play a role in the allocation of these funds to local community causes. The use of these funds in this way provides a powerful developmental opportunity for members of the firm to learn more about the community of which you and they are part as well as to evidence the firm’s values.

If you would like to discuss how we might help ensure the unclaimed client balances in your client accounts transform people’s lives, please get in touch.

Yours sincerely


Sue Turner
Chief Executive
0797 007 8277