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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


Family lawyers at Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office found the Olympics was good for married couples after divorce enquiries dropped to a summer time low during the two weeks in July and August when the games were on.

The national firm believe it was down to the country’s boosted morale and more families spending time together as Team GB stormed to victory winning a huge 65 medals of which 29 were gold.

Irwin Mitchell, the only law firm in the top 20 with a national network of family lawyers, reported a 30% decrease in divorce enquiries from the same time period last year in the Bristol office, with the firm’s other offices echoing the trend. However, since the closing ceremony finished the case load has increased again.

Alison Hawes, a partner at Irwin Mitchell and family law expert who specialises in divorce claims, said: “It is not unusual for different seasons and national events to impact on divorce enquiries but the 30% drop was the largest we have seen and it was remarkable to see how enquiries bounced back to normal levels after the closing ceremony.

“The four weeks the Euro 2012 Cup was shown was a particularly busy time for us, we believe probably down to clas