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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


Wards Solicitor appointed director of Solicitors for the Elderly


Solicitors for the Elderly, a national organisation committed to providing the highest quality legal advice for older people, has appointed Jenny Pierce, head of Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity and a partner at Wards Solicitors, to its board of directors.

The appointment reflects Jenny’s growing reputation and expertise in working with older and vulnerable clients and follows her appointment to the Office of the Public Guardian’s prestigious Panel of Professional Deputies two years ago.

In addition, she is frequently appointed as a Professional Deputy for Property and Affairs for vulnerable clients who lack capacity and has a STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable clients.

Highest standards for older people

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), a not-for-profit specialist organisation, was founded in 1996 with the aim of helping, supporting and making a difference to older people. It has now grown to include more than 1500 legal professionals committed to providing the highest quality legal advice on specialist areas including Wills, power of attorney and elder abuse.

All its members agree to abide by a strict code of practice to provide specialist, good quality legal advice to older and vulnerable clients, their families and carers.

Jenny said: “I am delighted to have been appointed a director of SFE which works tirelessly to set and maintain the highest standards for all experts practicing in this complex area of the law. I am passionate about raising awareness of the issues which affect older and vulnerable people and am delighted to be part of an organisation so committed to improving their circumstances.”

Jenny’s appointment comes as the SFE also appoints its first ever Chief Legal officer.

Lakshmi Turner, SFE’s Chief Executive, said: “It’s an exciting time for Solicitors for the Elderly as the organisation continues to grow and set the bar as the gold standard for experts practicing older client law. We will continue to tackle key issues impacting the sector, putting our members and consumers first.”