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The President’s Charity of the Year 2017/18

                      Please see Freewheelers Leaflet 2017 for the fabulous work these volunteer riders undertake to assist the NHS in moving vital supplies and equipment  around the county. Who knows which one of us or someone we know may have already benefited from their amazing work?

Welcome from BLS President 2017/18 – Gary Lightwood

                    Gary Lightwood is the Managing Partner of Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors’ Bristol office. During his career he has specialised in personal injury litigation, clinical negligence and family law. A former Officer in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, Gary then qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 after joining … more

BLS Conference and Meeting Room Suites Room Hire Information

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms are conveniently located in the centre between the Waterfront Area and the Old City in a modern building situated on the corner of Colston Avenue and St Stephen’s Avenue.  There are a number of large public car parks within a 5 minute walk from the rooms. For full information on our … more

Can you help? Trustee with legal skills required at PROPS charity


PROPS was established in 2000 and supports SEND kids as they move from school (Briarwood) to the adult world. They therefore support 19 to 26 year olds. A number of charities now recognise that support provided to children, can evaporate as they enter adulthood, leaving something of a “cliff edge”

PROPS cover this territory and have devised a number of ongoing schemes and activities to provide support. These include growing food, harvesting, selling on etc. They are now based at the Vassal Centre in Fishponds and are focussed on Bristol and South Gloucs. Some of the young people are very severely challenged, others have apparent capacity, but still need interest, support and mentoring to become employable.  Further details of the charities work can be found at

Monies are raised from a variety of sources including  the proceeds of an annual Bristol to Bordeaux bike ride and “Barbarian” rugby matches each year. This year they will generate beyond £100k.

The Board of 6 trustees are all working and in business. They are looking for a lawyer to join them. They already have trustees with accounting, HR, IT and project management skills.

If you are interested or know someone who may wish to get involved, please contact Kevin Smith, Chair of the Trustees at