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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

Lawyers unite for minute of action to warn of devastating effects of legal aid cuts

Lawyers across England and Wales are planning a nationwide moment of unity to express their genuine concern and alarm at the Government’s plan to cut criminal legal aid to the point where the long-term effects could have devastating and irreversible consequences.

Solicitors and barristers will pause for a minute of unity at 9.59am on 4th June, before Court proceedings commence, to draw attention to the cuts, which will result in an inevitable reduction in the quality of legal services in England and Wales.The Law Society is supporting this move, which has been organised by Rachel Bentley, a Duty Solicitor and partner with Exeter-based law firm Trinity Advocates.


The nationwide action is aimed to draw the public’s attention to the risks inherent in the Government’s approach, which would destroy the justice system and leave defendants, the police and the courts – and ultimately the taxpayer – paying a far higher price.

Law Society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson said: “This one minute of action will draw attention to these government plans which we believe are unworkable, and possibly unlawful.”

Solicitors will express their opposition to the government’s proposals for price-competitive tendering (PCT), a system of tendering based on price, which could have devastating and irreversible consequences, coupled with the planned removal of choice of lawyer for defendants.