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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

Law Society – Furloughing and Return to Work updates/toolkits






Furlough scheme deadline
The Government’s furlough scheme, the Job Retention Scheme, will close to new entrants on Wednesday 10 June.

If firm’s are considering taking advantage of the scheme in the future, including the new arrangements for part-time furloughing, relevant employees must be entered into the scheme by that deadline.

We have updated our guidance on the furlough scheme, published new FAQs on the scheme including some scenarios which firms may find themselves in.
> Read our latest guidance for law firms on the Job Retention Scheme
> Find the latest government guidance on the Job Retention Scheme
New webinar on furloughing will be available later this week

New return to the office toolkit
As the government begin to lift restrictions and solicitors slowly return to the office in the coming weeks, it is vitally important that firms are prepared and have taken all the necessary steps to ensure their safety.

We have published a return to the office toolkit, focused on providing practical steps that members can take in line with government guidance. It includes:

  • Template COVID 19 Risk Assessment for law firms
  • Downloadable posters to display in the firms (including the option for small firms to order printed and laminated copies from us)
  • Staffing decisions flowchart

It is incredibly important that firms begin to consult with staff and complete the necessary risk assessments to ensure that everything is in place when they are able to return to the office.

 Read our toolkit on the safe return to the office