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Corporate Members 2019

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott Cooke Painter Ltd Clyde & Co DAC Beachcroft Devereux & Co Enterprise Chambers The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Fussell Wright Gregg Latchams Ltd Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Kelcey & Hall Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Michelmores LLP MS Rubric Osborne Clarke … more

President’s Charity of the Year – Bristol Children’s Help Society

                            The Bristol Children’s Help Society is a privately funded volunteer led charity that owns and runs Barton Camp our 100 bed residential children’s centre in the beautiful Mendip hills. Barton Camp operates through the year as a base where disadvantaged local children can enjoy a few … more

No 12, The Meeting Rooms – Conference, Meeting and Mediation Rooms for Hire

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms including a suite of mediation 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 … more


Legal Mental Health Charity LawCare Launches Champions Scheme

Legal mental health charity LawCare has launched a new advocacy scheme ‘LawCare Champions’ to coincide with World Mental Health Day, 10th October. The programme aims to appoint legal professionals in the UK to act as mental health and wellbeing advocates within the legal community.

Fourteen champions, including Charles Jacobs, Senior Partner and Chairman at Linklaters, James Pereira QC, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Lloyd Rees, Herbert Smith Freehill’s Samantha Brown, David McCahon from Barclays and IP inclusive lead executive officer Andrea Brewster OBE have been appointed with more to follow next year.

Elizabeth Rimmer Chief Executive of LawCare said: “We are very proud to launch this new scheme on World Mental Health Day. This is a cross-jurisdiction, cross-profession initiative and our new champions have all been carefully chosen for their commitment, passion and enthusiasm in raising awareness about the importance of good mental health and wellbeing in the legal community. We hope our champions will help us to drive positive change in the culture of law. The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, and we must all come together in the legal community to improve dialogue on mental health issues.”

The charity has also launched a new animated video highlighting the support they offer – available to view at

The full list of champions are:

  • Andrew Brewster OBE, Lead Executive Officer, IP inclusive
  • Samantha Brown, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Joanna Fleck, Co-founder Claiming Space
  • Clare Good, Solicitor, Capital Law and Wellbeing Officer, Cardiff Law Society
  • Catherine Hart, Partner and Professional Support Lawyer, Digby Brown
  • Jodie Hill, Managing Director, Thrive Law
  • Karen Jackson, Solicitor and Managing Director, didlaw
  • Charles Jacobs, Senior Partner and Chairman, Linklaters
  • David McCahon, Global Head of Commercial, Innovation and Technology Legal & Wellbeing Leader at Barclays James Pereira QC, Barrister and Coach
  • Nick O’Neill, Governance and Practice Manager, Wirral Borough Council
  • Lloyd Rees, Knowledge Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Anna Robinson, Senior Solicitor and Psychotherapist
  • Joanne Theodolou, General Counsel at Simply Business and Trustee of Mind, the mental health charity

Lloyd Rees

Karen Jackson

James Pereira

Some of the LawCare mental health champions

Bristol Legal Service – 9th October

The end of Bristol Giving Day was marked by a Legal Service at St Mary Redcliffe organised by the High Sheriff, Charles Wyld. The service was to celebrate the philanthropic contribution to the City by the local legal sector.

BLS President, Nick Lee was among the dignitaries processing and was honoured to read the Judgment of Solomon at a packed service.  Burges Salmon then kindly hosted a private reception for guests at the High Sheriffs invite at their offices.


Bristol Giving Day – 9th October

John Moriarty, Chair of BLS together with Council Member, Leon Smith from DAC Beachcroft attended a rather wet but well attended launch of the Bristol Giving Day and 45 Bridges Challenge along with local dignatories and Sue Turner, from Quartet Community Foundation.



PSU – Same Service, New Name!

Please note from Friday 11 October the PSU’s new name will be “Support Through Court” which they feel better describes what the service does and where they do it.

Further details of the service can be found here:



BLS Annual Awards Dinner – 2019 Shortlisted Nominees!

Congratulations to all the individuals, teams and organisations that were nominated with particular congratulations to those who were shortlisted by our independent judging panel. With more overall nominations than ever together with the outstanding quality of the nominations, it made for some very tough decisions for the judging panel!

Good Luck to all shortlisted candidates on 24th October! We look forward to celebrating with you!

Law Student of the Year
Maisie Dodds – The University of Law
Samuel Louwers – UWE
Emily Rigler Gillingham – University of Bristol

Support Team Member of the Year
Jane Emanuel – Bristol Law Centre
Danielle Ienna – Irwin Mitchell
Kirstie Stacey – DAC Beachcroft

Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Award of the Year
DAC Beachcroft

Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
David Curwen – Unity Street Chambers
Amelia Handoll-Clark – Simmons & Simmons
Sarah Phillimore – St John’s Chambers

Junior Lawyer of the Year
Cecily Donoghue – Gregg Latchams
Rachel Fisher – Stowe Family Law
Pinja Tenhunen – Barcan+Kirby

Legal Innovators Award of the Year
In-house Lawyers – Gregg Latchams
Jonathan Spencer – Simmons & Simmons
My OnStream – VWV

Chambers of the Year
Albion Chambers
Guildhall Chambers
Queen Square Chambers
St John’s Chambers

Lawyer of the Year
Gus Silverman – Irwin Mitchell
Jemma Slavin – Stowe Family Law
Heledd Wyn – Gregg Latchams

Team of the Year
Clinical Negligence – Barcan+Kirby
Corporate Team – Osborne Clarke
Property Team – AMD Solicitors

Community Engagement Law Firm of the Year
DAC Beachcroft
Gregg Latchams
Osborne Clarke

Law Firm of the Year (under 20 Partners)
Gregg Latchams
The Family Law Practice

Law Firm of the Year (Over 20 Partners)
Osborne Clarke
Simmons & Simmons

President’s Outstanding Achievement Award

To be announced on the night

Brexit – Law Society Support for Members

As the political uncertainty continues, both the Law Society of England and Wales and the UK Government have both published information to support businesses, and specifically for solicitors.  All of the up-to-date resources can be found here

The Government has published a series of notices on how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The most relevant of these for solicitors are handling civil legal cases involving EU countries and providing services including those of a qualified professional. The Solicitors Regulation Authority has also published guidance for EU lawyers practising in the UK.

At the same time, we continue to support you in preparing for no deal. See our no deal guidance:
Civil and commercial co-operation – updated August 2019
Consumer law – updated August 2019
Criminal justice and security co-operation – updated August 2019
Data protection – updated August 2019
Family law
Family law: practical recommendations
Intellectual property
Providing legal services in the EU – updated August 2019
VAT – updated September 2019

The Law Society has prepared an extensive overview of the national regulations that apply in each jurisdiction in the EU/EFTA. This can be requested by Law Society members from the International Department at

The Law Society also forms part of the UK Delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), who recently published extensive guidance on the effect of all Brexit scenarios on practice rights both for EU lawyers working in the UK and for UK lawyers working in the EU










Changes to the Handbook – updated guidance from The Law Society

A radical overhaul of the regulations that govern solicitors is just weeks away and to help the profession adapt the Law Society of England and Wales is publishing two must-read practice notes.

Among the changes being pushed through by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is a new set of rules allowing solicitors to work freelance or in unregulated entities.

The new ‘Standards and Regulations’ that come in on 25 November 2019 are shorter than the existing handbook. They include:

  • the creation of two separate codes of conduct for firms and solicitors. A simplified set of Accounts Rules that focuses on the principles of keeping client money safe rather than specific and prescriptive technical rules
  • provisions allowing solicitors to carry out ‘non-reserved’ legal work from within a business not regulated by a legal services regulator
  • solicitors’ entitlement to provide reserved legal services on a freelance basis
    use of the SRA Digital Badge as a mandatory requirement for all regulated firms which run a website

“We are working hard to make sure that solicitors understand the full implications of the changes,” said Law Society president Simon Davis.

“Our new practice notes – one on freelance solicitors, the other on working in unregulated entities – are a must-read for our members regardless of whether they are attracted to working in these new ways.

“If you are a solicitor in a regulated practice, you may find yourself dealing with a counterpart in an unregulated entity or with a freelancer representing the other party.

“The new handbook is opening to the door to different tiers of solicitors operating under different requirements for professional indemnity insurance, different protections for clients and, possibly, differences over where the compensation fund applies.

“The situation will vary depending on whether you are in a traditional law firm, practising in an unregulated commercial entity or if you plan to take advantage of the new model of being a freelance solicitor.

“One of the key concerns we have had is that the simplicity and clarity of the current system will be lost, leaving clients confused about the protections offered by the solicitor they engage and then, if they are let down, potentially left without recourse.”

You can access The Law Society’s new practice notes via these links:
Solicitors offering legal services to the public from unregulated entities
Freelance solicitors

The Law Society is working hard to provide relevant information to solicitors. This includes a range of resources to help firms ensure they are compliant with the new regulatory framework.

Access The Law Society page here:

Bristol Giving Day 9th October

6 self-guided routes for the 45 Bridges Challenges  Show you care for our place by donating £1 for each bridge your cross, helping raise £45,000 to support 45 local organisations. You can do this by visiting the Donate page on our Quartet site

What are your innovation challenges? UWE and WECA are collecting info to support their work – fill in the survey now!

UWE Bristol, in partnership with WECA is collecting information from the region’s professional services about their innovation challenges to help inform this work. Please take the time to read and share this short survey.

Mike Lewis returns to Anexsys as new National Head of Reprographics

I’m back!

If you’re asking yourself “who is Mike Lewis?” I’ll start from the beginning. I’ve been working in the legal support industry since 2008, working closely with the Bristol Law Society in the last number of years – you’ve probably seen me at the annual awards dinner! I originally was the Site Manager of K2 Legal Support, working with a majority of firms in Bristol, assisting with outsourced legal reprographics. From K2, I then moved to Hobs Repro where, as well as providing legal reprographics services, I also supported legal firm’s marketing efforts with high-quality print and display graphics. Everything from business cards to exhibition stands, mailshots to bespoke bid documents. After a short sabbatical of four months in the healthcare industry, I’m back supporting law firms with the offerings of Anexsys.

You might be asking “why do I care that you’re back?” Well, let me tell you a bit about Anexsys. First and foremost, Anexsys is a technology company who offer a range of consultancy and tech solutions to law firms. The eDisclosure software, analytics and litigation support services we offer assists our clients throughout the lifecycle of a case. On top of this, we offer outsourced copying, scanning and printing of all documents; from ancient deeds to large scale trial bundles. It’s likely that our paths could cross regardless of whether you’re a sole trader or regional heavyweight.

If we worked together during my time at Hobs Repro you may be asking “what’s different about your new role, and how does it affect our relationship?” Anexsys are actually part of the Hobs Group of companies, the main difference is that I am now specifically here to help with legal support. If you’re one of my previous marketing contacts, I’m still happy to talk to you about your collateral requirements and can ensure you’re looked after by one of my Hobs Repro colleagues. I’ll be sure to see you at the next BLS event in any case!

My new role within Anexsys is National Head of Reprographics. I have responsibility for the hard copy side of the Anexsys business, across our five locations. My initial aim is to review the service we are offering our clients and ensure our services are responsive, accurate and confidential. The requirements of our clients are changing as the digital side of the business becomes more prominent. I intend to position Anexsys as the go-to service provider, offering consultancy and support to ease the transition of these ever-changing requirements.

I will be involved with BLS where possible and look forward to catching up with my old contacts, and making new ones, in the coming months. Please feel free to get in touch to reconnect or ask about how we can work together –

I look forward to catching up with everyone at the Annual Awards Dinner in October. No doubt you’ll see me on stage presenting the Support Team Member of the Year award!