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Corporate Members 2021

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Battens Beale & Co BLM Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott CMS CMNO Cooke Painter Ltd Clyde & Co DAC Beachcroft The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Fussell Wright GL Law Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Osborne Clarke Paragon Costs Solutions Queen Square Chambers … 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


No 12, The Meeting Rooms – Conference, Meeting and Mediation Rooms for Hire

Please note that the BLS office is shut to members at present as we continue to work from home during the pandemic. We can be contacted on info@bristollawsociety.com. In the meantime, our office is now operating as the Bristol Nightingale Court and accordingly, we are unable to hire out our facilities until further notice. (Oct 2020) Bristol Law Society’s suite … more


Annual General Meeting – Nick Dell’s Review of the Year


Retiring President of Bristol Law Society, Nick Dell, gave the report of Council to a packed 142nd Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 28th November.

Nick Dell reported that it had been a “challenging but yet rewarding year” for the Society. Action had been taken to review membership at a difficult time and consultants were reporting back to the Society on appropriate strategies for the future. Corporate rates were being introduced in response to requests from a number of firms.

Three very successful conferences had been held during the year, in addition to a good number of attractive and current CPD sessions offered in conjunction with CLT. Socially, the Summer Party had been an enormous success, whilst the new NQ event (held at the Law Library) had been well attended and plans were underway to welcome 2013 qualifiers in a similar vein. The general knowledge and music quizzes were also well attended, thanks being extended to Ben Holt the genial question master for these events.

The Society has a valuable role representing all Lawyers in the Bristol area and as such is uniquely placed to be a forum for exchange of ideas and views. The Society has accordingly held a dinner for managing Partners for local firms and another one for Finance Directors of local firms. Both were excellent opportunities to share practice and information.

The Society has a valuable role in representing local practitioners and has done so this year with regular meetings with the Joint 4 ( a group containing the Law societies of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool as well), with the Association of South West Law Societies, with the local JLD and of course with the Law Society. The Society has also hosted a successful Q&A session with local MP, Kerry McCarthy.

The high point of the year is always the Annual Dinner, which was recently held at the Bristol Marriott Hotel. A number of local firms and individuals were recognised in the Annual Awards ceremony held on that evening. Pleasingly, a large sum of money was raised on the evening for Quartet Community Fund, the chosen charity.

A number of sponsors have worked with BLS over the year and the main sponsor was UWE. Ever mindful of the future of the profession, BLS works with UWE to offer a placement scheme for LPC students, and President Nick Dell thanked firms who had participated in 2012 and urged firms to participate again in 2013 in the scheme.

Finally, Nick Dell thanked the BLS members, the Council of BLS and also the Executive for the support he had received during his successful year as President.