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Corporate Members 2022

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Beale & Co Bevan Brittan BLM Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott CMS CMNO DAC Beachcroft The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Freeths Fussell Wright GL Law Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Osborne Clarke Paragon Costs Solutions Queen Square Chambers Royds Withy King Simmons … 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 Annual Awards Dinner 3rd November 2022

Check out our digital Awards Brochure with a welcome from our C0-Presidents, full details of the award categories and links to our wonderful supporters who make this event possible. We look forward to celebrating the best of the local profession with you on 3rd November! BLS Awards 2022 Digital Brochure Nomination Brochure 2022 Nomination Online Submissions Booking Form 2022

Avon & Bristol Law Centre looking for pro bono volunteers

At Avon & Bristol Law Centre we currently have funding from The Social Action Fund programme of the government Office for Civil Society to develop access to Legal Advice for Social Action throughout the South West region.

The project enables us to provide advice through a service aimed at helping community groups, smaller or newer charities and their governing bodies in the South West. The advice is aimed at those who would otherwise not be able to access the legal advice they need. It may involve help to understand general legal structures, specific constitutions, charity law and other legal issues which affect them.

We do not charge for the advice given at the Law Centre.

As part of the project we are seeking to develop “pro bono” access to relevant areas of law through making links with private sector solicitors and corporate law firms in the South West and to offer solicitors the opportunity to act as “volunteer solicitors” under the auspices of the Law Centre in relation to such groups.

Our aim in building links with private practice solicitors is part of an overarching purpose of identifying and developing sustainable legal advice networks for such groups, particularly where there may be an absence of other sources of support.

We think that the project provides a really valuable opportunity for law firms, individual solicitors and legal advisers to play a part in the development of sustainable legal advice systems for groups in the South West in areas where they may be needed.

If your firm is interested in providing pro bono advice to charities and community groups in the South West, or, if you are interested in giving some of your time to act as a volunteer solicitor under the auspices of the Law Centre, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Alternatively, if you or your firm currently provide pro bono advice to charities and community groups in the South West we would be interested in learning about how the advice is offered and whether you would like to make a link with our project.

If you have any general comments that you consider would be useful in the delivery of our project, again please do let us know.

You can contact the Project Development Worker Graham Partridge either

by telephone on 0117 916 7719

or by email at

Or you can contact the Project Solicitor Holly Hawkins either

by telephone on 0117 916 7728

or by email at