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Notification of Bristol Law Society AGM

Agenda 2021

Corporate Members 2021

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Battens Beale & Co BLM Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott CMS CMNO Cooke Painter Ltd Clyde & Co DAC Beachcroft The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Fussell Wright GL Law Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Osborne Clarke Paragon Costs Solutions Queen Square Chambers … more

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

Please note that the BLS office is shut to members at present as we continue to work from home during the pandemic.  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 … more


The Defamation Bill 2012 will be the topic of discussion at the Law Society free Public Debate on September 18th.


A panel of experts, including Desmond Browne QC, a leading silk in all areas of media law, and Dr Evan Harris, Libel Reform Campaigner, will examine the Bill, which will shortly be hitting the House of Lords.


The details of the Bill have been hotly contended by interest groups with some saying it doesn’t go far enough in alleviating the ‘chilling effect’ of the current law, while others argue it will give the less savoury elements of the media carte blanche to defame with impunity.


The event will take the form of a panel debate in a ‘question time’ format, and will examine a broad range of issues including:


•           How the Bill treads the line between the principles of free speech, reputation, and the public interest;

•           What the balance of these is likely to be after it is passed;

•           The benefits and costs of codification;

•           The interplay of the law with a diverse press and the growth of the internet;

•           The role of addressing costs in improving the functioning of the law, and how well the Bill deals with them.


The debate will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 18th September at the Law Society in Chancery Lane.


This event is open to both members of the Law Society and the public. This debate is recommended for anyone interested in the debate topic, including: Law Society members, academics, solicitors in not-for-profit organisations and students