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 President@bristollawsociety.com or via our Head of Operations, Helen Read at email@example.com
Best wishes Ben Holt, President, BLS