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Corporate Members 2021

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Battens Beale & Co BLM Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott CMS CMNO Cooke Painter Ltd Clyde & Co DAC Beachcroft The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Fussell Wright GL Law Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Osborne Clarke Paragon Costs Solutions Queen Square Chambers … 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

Lawyers with Disabilities

Disability can affect any one of us, one in four people will be affected by mental ill health in the course of their life and 83 percent of people will acquire their disability whilst in employment.

Bristol Law Society is committed to promoting and supporting ED&I in the legal profession with a focus within Bristol and the South West. As part of this we promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities within the legal profession. Legal professionals can have a wide range of disabilities that affect them to varying degrees, including visual and other sensory impairments, impaired mobility and less immediately apparent disabilities, such as epilepsy, dyslexia and mental health issues.

For more information or local support please contact Coralie McKeivor or Salma Maqsood

Legally Disabled Research Project

The ‘Legally Disabled’ survey of solicitors and paralegals found 60% had experienced ill-treatment in the workplace, and of these 80% believed it was related to disability.

This project was led by Professor Debbie Foster of Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University and independent researcher Dr Natasha Hirst and was supported by the Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the Law Society.

This project was the first of its kind to document the career experiences of disabled people working in the legal profession. Bristol Law Society members have been involved with completing interviews, surveys and providing feedback as part of this project and the follow-up roundtable discussions.

Both the full report and the executive summary of findings and recommendations can be downloaded on the Legally Disabled? website.

Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the Law Society

If you are not already a member of the national Law Society Lawyers with Disabilities Division – why not join. Membership of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division is free, and is open to all solicitors and their allies. Members benefit from:
• specialised events and training
• networking opportunities
• a shared platform to exchange views and further mutual interests
• regular e-newsletters and updates
• a one-to-one mentoring programme
• voting rights for division seats on the Law Society’s governing council

To join the Lawyers with Disabilities Division, sign up to My Law Society and tick the Lawyers with disabilities box in special interests. You will receive regular email updates and tailored content will appear on your My Law Society homepage. For more information email

News & Articles

SRA: Disability in the Workplace
SRA: Promoting disability inclusion in law firms – setting out good practice
SRA: How diverse is the Legal profession

Resources & Websites

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Equality Act 2010
DWP Health and Disability Assessment Services Framework
Lawyers with Disabilities Division
Lawyers with Disabilities on LinkedIn
Royal National Institute for the Blind
Action on Hearing Loss
Leonard Cheshire
Bristol Mind
Mental Health
Disability Rights
Legally Disabled

Business case for diversity and inclusion, which also  contains tips and practical suggestions for leaders to be more inclusive.  –