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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

Ben Holt, BLS President, Legal Life May Update

We are now a month into lockdown and after the initial focus by firms on re-adjusting to the whole workforce remote working, the focus is firmly back on business and how we operate effectively within the confines of the lockdown rules. BLS have been liaising on a weekly basis with other large law societies and the national Law Society, ensuring that updates across the legal profession are disseminated to members and that member issues are being raised and addressed where possible on a regional and national platform.

Whilst our events have taken a back seat this last month, we are looking at new ways to engage with our members and in our representative capacity we have met with local Managing Partners to discuss the impact of the crisis and plan more virtual roundtables with HR and IT teams amongst others.

Our work on Community Engagement continues with a cross firm meeting held last week and a discussion about how firms can continue their work and collaborations in the current climate when the need is perhaps never greater.

I also hosted a very useful and well attended meeting organised by BLS with HHJs Cotter, Russen and Matthews for local litigators earlier this month ago to encourage a two-way discussion of court practices and procedures during this difficult time. You can read the salient points here 

In the meantime if there are any issues that members wish to raise with us please do not hesitate to contact us via or via our Head of Operations, Helen Read at

Best wishes Ben Holt, President, BLS