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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


JUSTICE IN THE EARLY 18TH CENTURY


The Bristol Courts in the early 18th Century heard many a different case than in these days and punishments were somewhat different too. The Gazette reported that on 20th March 1737  “Last Thursday the Assizes ended, before the Worshipful Michael Foster, Esq; Recorder, when the following Person received Sentence of Death, viz. John Govey, for stealing a large Quantity of Tobacco out of a Warehouse belonging to Mr. Lewis, on Redcliff-hill.”

At the same Assizes hearing the Gazette also reported that “Samuel Baber, was found guilty of extorting three Guineas from Mr. Thomson of London, in threatening to swear a Sodomitical Attempt against him, and ordered to stand in the Pillory once; three Months Imprisonment; and to find Sureties for two Years. The Prisoner positively insisted that the Prosecutor actually thrust his Hands into his Breeches, in the public Kitchen, at the Three Cups and Salmon in Tucker-street.”

But the Gazette subsequently reported on how Samuel Baber fared in the stocks and it seems he resourcefully escaped undamaged : “Saturday Samuel Baber stood in the Pillory in Wine-street, for extorting three Guineas from Mr. Thompson of London; but making an Harangue to the People, and desiring them to take Warning by him, not to take a Bribe to screen Persons from Justice, when a Sodomitical Attempt was offer’d; they were so civil to pelt themselves, and left him alone to be a Spectator to their dirty Sport.”