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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


6 November saw the long-awaited opening of the Administrative Court at the Bristol Civil Justice Centre.

An opening ceremony presided over by the Rt Honourable Sir John Thomas, President of the Queen’s Bench Division was followed by the first case being heard, unusually, by a 3 judge divisional court:  Thomas LJ; Beatson and Burnett JJ.

The arrival of the Administrative Court has been a long time coming.  Originally overlooked when regionalisation to Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff and Birmingham was first proposed in the 2007 report “Justice Outside London”, the Western Circuit and Bristol Law Society, then under the command of Tony Woodburn, launched a bid to include Bristol as a late addition.   After first winning approval and the backing of the then QBD President, Sir Anthony May, the plans appeared to have becoming stuck as cuts bit deep into HM Courts’ Service budgets.  However, with the backing of local solicitors and the bar, and following great efforts by the Presiding Judges of the Western Circuit, Bristol is now up and running as a regional centre.

At the opening ceremony Sir John stressed the advantages of using Bristol for all South West cases:  the court, especially during its initial phase, was highly likely to offer a much faster service with hearing times being less than those in London or Cardiff.   Responding on behalf of the bar and solicitors and welcoming the judges to Bristol, Robin Tolson QC stressed the vital need for local practitioners to use the service.  There was simply no need to go further afield and significant disadvantages in doing so.