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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

Mentoring Opportunities

Women Lawyers Division Bristol Mentoring Network 2021 (deadline 14 March)- Looking for Mentors and Mentees

While we are now seeing some easing of lockdown restrictions, it is inevitable that working life will be mainly from home for the next few months and we will all continue to adjust our working lives. With that in mind, the Women Lawyers Division Bristol is providing peer support and mentoring relationships locally.

WLD Bristol are looking for both mentors and mentees that would be interested in taking part in the 2021 scheme. At the moment we’re going to focus on female-to-female mentoring from the networks but if take-up is good, we anticipate working with other organisations to widen the opportunity to all genders and developing a more formal longer-term mentoring scheme.

Sign up here.


BPP University Access to Practice Mentoring Scheme March to September 2021 (deadline 18 February) – Looking for Mentors

BPP are running their Access to Practice mentoring scheme again this year for BPP law students from groups under-represented in law. The main purpose is to provide a student who does not yet have legal contacts or a Training Contract, with access to a mentor in practice, an opportunity to build their network and connections in the legal market, understand more about the current legal recruitment process and build their knowledge and confidence in starting their future legal career.

This scheme will commence as an online mentoring programme until such time we are able to meet again in person. Because of this we are rolling out the 2021 scheme across Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester campuses and to our distance learning students, so we may be placing a student that matches a mentor’s practice area and background rather than their location.

Mentoring will begin from 10th March 2021.

If you would like to participate here is a link to the short mentor form (see link below) which will provide us with the essential details we need to match you with a suitable student. The deadline for mentors to complete the form is 18 February 2021.


InterLawConnect Mentorship Programme (deadline 19 February) – Open for Mentee Applications

Interlaw are offering a new Mentorship Programme which will be structured over 10 months in 2021 and will include mentoring meetings every month, bi-monthly skills training, and reverse mentoring.

If you are a trainee or associate from any diverse background (LGBT+, Race & Ethnicity, Women, Disability) and/or Socially Mobile Background, we would love for you to apply to participate.

How to apply for a place as a mentee:

  1. Fill out the online application here by close of business on Friday, 19 February; and
  2. Follow us on social media on LinkedIn, Instagram (@theinterlawdiversityforum), and Twitter (@InterLawDivFor).

From the successful applications, they will randomly select at least ten (10) mentees to join the programme.

Grow Mentoring (next Cohort – May 2021) – Looking for Mentors

GROW is a legal mentoring initiative which pairs aspiring lawyers with legal professionals. Grow welcomes mentee applications from all aspiring lawyers regardless of grades, university or background and ensure that mentees are allocated to a mentor that they have something in common with, be it law firm ambition, degree background, university or a member of the same underrepresented community. You can sign up as a mentor or mentee on their website:

Applications for mentees is currently closed until 1 May 2021.

Rise2inspire Mentoring program

The Rise2inspire mentoring program will give individuals the opportunity to be inspired to pursue their dreams and ambitions. It is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool from which mentees can gain invaluable guidance through direction, advice, criticism, and suggestions. They will be working with and learning from past Rise Award winners, who are successful business owners, entrepreneurs and valuable members of the Black community.

Rise2Inspire are keen to hear from more solicitors and persons involved in law who could act as potential mentors and people from African /Asian heritage community, in particular young students in law, who would be interested in this unique mentoring programme.

Please note the above programme now has sufficient mentors but are still looking for potential law mentees