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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 Nomination Brochure 2022 Nomination Online Submissions Booking Form 2022


Christopher Quinlan QC of Guildhall Chambers has been appointed as one of ten Legal Members of the newly formed National Child Safeguarding in Sport Panel – a joint initiative between Sport Resolutions and the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit. Over the coming months, Sport Resolutions and the NSPCC will develop two specific services. One of those services is an independent national child safeguarding in sport panel to which governing bodies will be able to refer disciplinary cases which carry a high threshold risk to children and also where there is a risk of reputational damage to a sport. Christopher Quinlan QC will chair tribunals whose purpose will be to decide the suitability of individuals to work with children and young people.

Christopher Quinlan QC advises, appears before and chairs disciplinary tribunals in a growing number of sports, including rugby union, football and British Horseracing Authority.

He chairs Rugby Football Union disciplinary tribunals. He has chaired a large number of such hearings, including sending offs and citing complaints, competition appeals and child protection cases. He chairs cases at all levels of the game, including English Premiership and International. He also chairs disciplinary hearings arising out of European Rugby Cup and Six Nations matches.

Christopher Quinlan QC is an International Rugby Board Judicial Officer. He was a Judicial Officer at the Rugby World Cup 2007, presiding over a number of disciplinary hearings during the tournament. In addition, he was the Judicial Officer for the Under 19 World Championship held in Ireland in April 2007. He acted as Judicial Officer for Rugby World Cup 2007 qualifying matches staged in Italy, Georgia and Portugal. In June and July 2008 he was in Australia to act as the judicial officer for two test matches Australia played against France.

Christopher Quinlan QC has chaired hearings involving breaches of anti-doping provisions and was appointed a legal member of the recently established National Anti-Doping Panel.

As well as rugby union, Christopher Quinlan QC has chaired a number of Football Association Appeal Board hearings and also been instructed to chair disciplinary proceedings in other sports, including lawn tennis.