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Corporate Members 2021

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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


Legal Mental Health Charity LawCare Launches Champions Scheme


Legal mental health charity LawCare has launched a new advocacy scheme ‘LawCare Champions’ to coincide with World Mental Health Day, 10th October. The programme aims to appoint legal professionals in the UK to act as mental health and wellbeing advocates within the legal community.

Fourteen champions, including Charles Jacobs, Senior Partner and Chairman at Linklaters, James Pereira QC, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Lloyd Rees, Herbert Smith Freehill’s Samantha Brown, David McCahon from Barclays and IP inclusive lead executive officer Andrea Brewster OBE have been appointed with more to follow next year.

Elizabeth Rimmer Chief Executive of LawCare said: “We are very proud to launch this new scheme on World Mental Health Day. This is a cross-jurisdiction, cross-profession initiative and our new champions have all been carefully chosen for their commitment, passion and enthusiasm in raising awareness about the importance of good mental health and wellbeing in the legal community. We hope our champions will help us to drive positive change in the culture of law. The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, and we must all come together in the legal community to improve dialogue on mental health issues.”

The charity has also launched a new animated video highlighting the support they offer – available to view at www.lawcare.org.uk

The full list of champions are:

  • Andrew Brewster OBE, Lead Executive Officer, IP inclusive
  • Samantha Brown, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Joanna Fleck, Co-founder Claiming Space
  • Clare Good, Solicitor, Capital Law and Wellbeing Officer, Cardiff Law Society
  • Catherine Hart, Partner and Professional Support Lawyer, Digby Brown
  • Jodie Hill, Managing Director, Thrive Law
  • Karen Jackson, Solicitor and Managing Director, didlaw
  • Charles Jacobs, Senior Partner and Chairman, Linklaters
  • David McCahon, Global Head of Commercial, Innovation and Technology Legal & Wellbeing Leader at Barclays James Pereira QC, Barrister and Coach
  • Nick O’Neill, Governance and Practice Manager, Wirral Borough Council
  • Lloyd Rees, Knowledge Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Anna Robinson, Senior Solicitor and Psychotherapist
  • Joanne Theodolou, General Counsel at Simply Business and Trustee of Mind, the mental health charity

Lloyd Rees

Karen Jackson

James Pereira

Some of the LawCare mental health champions