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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

Letter from The Right Honourable Lord Justice Fulford, V-P Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) – 12th Jan 2021

I am writing to ensure that at this stage of the pandemic there is no misunderstanding as to the arrangements as regards the presentation of cases before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (“CACD”).

Since March 2020, given the health risks potentially involved for those appearing in cases before the CACD, the guiding principle has been that no one will be required to attend in person on appeals and applications who would prefer not to do so. Most particularly at this stage of the pandemic, this is, therefore, essentially a matter of personal choice. I have deliberately avoided indicating that personal attendance is either necessary or preferable in certain types of cases, given we have satisfactorily conducted hearings of every kind by way of fully remote or hybrid hearings, including lengthy conviction appeals lasting over a number of days. Some advocates are able and prefer to come to the Royal Courts of Justice, and we have taken significant steps to ensure that the risk of transmission in the building is as low as possible. Fortunately, our Victorian forebears ensured that the layout of the RCJ is susceptible to social distancing and the courts are very regularly cleaned.

Therefore, for sentence or conviction appeals/applications, the responsibility lies with the advocate to decide how he or she prefers to present the case. Either way, the court will have the benefit of their submissions. It is important, however, that – if possible – the list office is informed well in advance of the advocate’s preference so that the necessary arrangements can be put in place.

I look forward to what I trust will be a return to normality later this year. At that stage, I would welcome a general discussion as to whether there are useful lessons for the future that we may serendipitously have been able to learn from this unfortunate period.

Albeit slightly late, I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year, notwithstanding the present difficulties. And I want to thank the members of both professions who have conducted cases before the court during this difficult time for their exceptional level of cooperation which has enabled the CACD to remain functioning effectively.

With very best wishes,

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Fulford

Vice-President Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)