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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


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


Latest Newsletter from Howden May 2022


 

In this edition of Premium Matters our leading article addresses the situation when your firm is instructed part-way through a matter by a client who is unhappy with the advice or service they are receiving from their current solicitor. We have seen a number of negligence claims arise in this scenario so we highlight some of the issues you need to look out for.

It’s “Mental Health Awareness Week” so we want to take the opportunity to remind all law firms that PII underwriters are placing more importance on your attention to the mental health and wellbeing of fee earners. Our Employee and Benefits Team outline six tips to help deal with work-related stress which we would encourage you to share with your teams.

We continue to focus on cyber issues. Our cyber team walk you through a cyber-incident, detailing the steps to take in the event your firm becomes the subject of a cyber attack. ‘Forewarned is forearmed’ as the saying goes – we recommend you familiarise yourself with what to expect and what to do should you experience this all too frequent scenario.

Our guest publication comes from law firm RPC. It addresses the question of file ownership – a topic that many firms grapple with when a file request is made, particularly if the request is received in the context of a PII claim.

For those of you who missed it, we have included our recent review of the 1 April 2022 renewal which we published recently and we finish off with an important update on the latest developments and next steps in relation to post six-year run-off cover (PSYROC).

In the current hard market it has never been more important for law firms to engage with their broker. At Howden we understand the importance of keeping law firms informed on the issues relating to PII, risk and legal practice.   

My solicitor is doing a terrible job. I want to instruct you (howdengroup.com)

Solicitors: essential support for work-related stress (howdengroup.com)
You’re a victim of a cyber-attack, now what? | Howden UK (howdengroup.com)

The X-Client Files: who owns a solicitor’s file (howdengroup.com)

1 April 2022 Solicitors’ PII Renewal: A gIimmer of light? (howdengroup.com)

Post Six Year Run-Off Cover (PSYROC) – An Update (howdengroup.com)