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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


LAWCARE HITS MILESTONE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HELPED


Charity celebrates 25th anniversary this year

Legal mental health charity LawCare has helped over 10,000 legal professionals and support staff since it began in 1997.

The charity, which was initially set up to help solicitors with alcohol problems, has grown to support everyone working in the legal profession on a range of issues from stress to bullying.

Elizabeth Rimmer, Chief Executive of LawCare, said: ‘We are very proud that we have supported over 10,000 people in the legal community since we began 25 years ago, with a small office space in the corner of our first employee Barry Pritchard’s kitchen and a grant from The Law Society of England and Wales. It’s been a difficult couple of years for us all and we continue to offer free, confidential, emotional support to anyone that needs us in the profession, on any issue that is worrying them, no matter how small.  In our 25th anniversary year we plan to extend our advocacy work to help change the culture in the law, making it a healthier and happier place to work.’

Table of number of professionals contacting LawCare by year

 

Last year LawCare provided support to 667 people via 662 phone calls, 119 emails and 50 online chats including providing ongoing peer support to 64 people and funding counselling for 14 people. The most common problems cited were stress (33%), anxiety (13%), depression (10%), bullying (8%) and worries about career development (8%).  The number of people contacting LawCare experiencing stress has seen the biggest increase – from 170 people in 2020 to 211 last year – a rise of 24%.

The majority of those who contacted the support service were women (69%). 63% were trainees/pupils, or had been qualified less than five years, and a further 5% were law students.

Impact report PDF Infographic

For LawCare’s full 2021 impact report visit www.lawcare.org.uk/impact

Anyone working in the law including support staff can contact LawCare for free, confidential, emotional support on 0800 279 6888, email support@lawcare.org.uk or visit www.lawcare.org.uk