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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


LATEST SRA NEWS – PRACTISING CERTIFICATE RENEWALS


The SRA has announced that the Practising Certificate Renewals Exercise (PCRE) 2012 will commence on Thursday, 1 November, with a closing date of Friday, 14 December.

On 25 September, they will be emailing all organisational contacts and authorised signatories to provide detailed guidance on how to prepare for the renewals exercise.

Following last year’s difficulties, the SRA is confident that this year things will run smoothly. However, if any firm does find itself with problems, please let BLS know at office1@bristollawsociety.com and BLS will make representations.

In further SRA news, the SRA is moving to its new headquarters will be The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 lRN and our Redditch and Leamington Spa offices will close on 1 October.

The Contact Centre and the Professional Ethics helpline will be closed from 12.00, 28 September until 14.00, 1 October as part of the move.

During the closure any queries should be emailed to contactcentre@sra.org.uk

Finally, the SRA has announced that it will make “surprise” visits to 100 firms to audit their equality and diversity policies. This is part of the SRA’s data collection in relation to  ethnicity, age, disabilities and caring responsibilities. Data will also be collected on sexual orientation, religion or belief, and gender reassignment.

The drive to collect diversity data arises from a statutory requirement, laid down by the Legal Services Board in August 2011, that all law firms and chambers should publish statistical information on the diversity profile of their staff.

So far approximately 70% of firms have returned questionnaires to the SRA.