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Notification of Bristol Law Society AGM

Agenda 2021

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

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

Local authorities benefiting from the ‘inside track’

Former head of legal services at Bristol City Council is giving clients at Veale Wasbrough Vizards  (VWV) the benefit of his 15 years in house experience

Stephen McNamara joined VWV on 7 January 2013 as a consultant.  He is one of the UK’s highest profile local authority lawyers and led the legal services function at Bristol City Council since 1998.  Latterly, Stephen oversaw the elections of the city’s first elected mayor and Police Commissioner. His experience covers all aspects of law and practice as it affects the public sector and, in particular, local authorities.

Stephen commented on his appointment;

“I have seen first hand how any change affects local government.  I also understand the sector and can talk the language.

Currently, many local authorities are in a state of flux and change with pressures to reduce budgets, staffing levels, and levels of outsourcing.

My experience and that of VWV as a firm, makes for cutting edge legal advice for authorities faced with increasingly  difficult decisions.”.

David Hansom, head of public sector, commented;

“With Stephen’s help, VWV is going from strength to strength in our services to local government. Our innovative new products include an ’emergency service’ telephone triage to deal with urgent queries. 

We are already known nationally for our work in the sector and are on track to achieve our ambition as one of the leading firms in the sectors.”

In the last 6 months, the team has been joined by Ed Reynolds, an associate specialising in EU procurement and also from Bristol City Council.