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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

Legal firms should shop around for PII

BLS partners Wesleyan for Lawyers offer some advice.

The majority of legal firms surveyed secured quotes from just one or two insurers when applying for professional indemnity insurance (PII) in 2012, new research* from Wesleyan for Lawyers has revealed.


The survey showed that more than a quarter (29%) of legal firms secured a PII quote from their holding insurer only, while 39% secured offers from just one or two insurers.


With the abolition of the Assigned Risks Pool (ARP) coming into effect from October 2013, legal firms were divided on how the change will affect pricing and the number of providers. The research shows:


  • 44% believe the demise of the ARP will allow insurers to charge an equitable premium and the price will go up or down based on a firm’s own merits;
  • 30% say there will be no effect and prices will remain the same;
  • 13% think that it will encourage more insurers into the market and prices will fall;
  • 7% believe it will remove the maximum rate an insurer can charge and prices will rise.


While most firms (67%) indicate they will keep their PII renewal date as 1 October, almost a quarter (23%) are going to take advantage of the new rules and move their renewal date to a time that is more convenient for them. Almost one in ten (8%) said they would move it to coincide with their financial year end.


Ged Wood, Professional Indemnity Manager at Wesleyan said: “Finding the right level of PII protection at the right price and from a reputable provider can be a time consuming process.  A good broker can help firms navigate their way through the breadth of insurers operating in the market and provide vital insight into the financial security of each of these providers.


“While the effect of the abolition of ARP is not yet known, it will be more important than ever for firms to be seen to be accepting responsibility for risk and managing it appropriately leading into renewal in  2013.”