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Corporate Members 2022

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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

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

Barcan Woodward appoints Tom Powles as Partner

Growing law firm Barcan Woodward has appointed Tom Powles as Partner.


Tom joined Barcan Woodward in 2011 and has played a vital role in the growth of the family law division. He was most recently appointed head of the firm’s specialist childcare and domestic violence team, specialising in representing victims of abuse and children, parents or other relatives of children in childcare proceedings.


Tom is a family mediator and member of the Family Mediators Association. He is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Accreditation panel, an accredited specialist member of Resolution and has also been appointed to the Law Society Children Panel.


Tom said “I’m delighted to be joining the partnership and it’s a pleasure to be working alongside the other experienced Partners. Barcan Woodward is a forward-thinking firm so I’ll be looking to help develop and grow our already successful family division, as well as contributing towards our continual development.”


Chris Miller, Managing Partner, commented on the appointment: “I’m pleased to announce that Tom has been appointed Partner. He’s a valued member of the team and his appointment reflects our on-going commitment to grow, nurture and promote talent within the firm. Tom’s experience and expertise will only enhance the reputation of our family division and further improve the service we’re able to offer our clients.”


Tom will continue to be based in the firm’s Bedminster office and can be contacted on 0117 325 2929 or by email at