Society's News

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

Interested in Restorative Justice? Find out more about the Pathfinder initiative

Bristol Law Society and Victim Support at the Bristol Crown Court are presenting an overview and update on the Pre-Sentence Restorative Justice Pathfinder from 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday 2 July at The Law Library, The Law Courts, Small Street, Bristol, BS1 1DA.


Bristol Crown Court is one of ten pathfinders in England and Wales that is delivering Pre-Sentence Restorative Justice.  This is a process that brings those harmed by crime and those responsible for the crime, into communication to enable everyone affected by a crime to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.  This pathfinder is working with cases where defendants enter a guilty plea at Bristol Crown Court for serious violent or acquisitive offences (excluding homicide, sexual offences or domestic abuse).  The restorative interventions are taking place in the period between guilty plea and sentencing, with the outcome agreements being shared with the Judge.


If you would like to attend or know more about the Pathfinder, please contact the project manager, Chantelle Smith, at or on 07508 803 349.