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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

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. We can be contacted on In the meantime, our office is now operating as the Bristol Nightingale Court and accordingly, we are unable to hire out our facilities until further notice. (Oct 2020) Bristol Law Society’s suite … more

Mining History of Bristol and Bath with Terrafirma and Wessex Searches- 26th May





*Free event* Join Wessex Searches and Terrafirma Geologist Tim Longden on Wednesday 26th May at 12.30 to find out more about the mining history of Bristol and Bath.

In this interactive 20-minute session, you will learn about the coal and non-coal mining legacy of Bristol and Bath. Using statistics and case studies, Tim will explain how these hazards pose risks to property and land, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions during a 10-minute Q&A.

We look forward to seeing you on the 26th of May, however if you can’t make it, please register to receive a recording. You do not have to be partnered with Terrafirma or Wessex Searches to join this free educational talk, everyone is welcome.


Did you know that…

  • Within 10 miles of Bristol City Centre there are nearly 2,000 recorded coal mine entries. This equates to approximately 5,000 properties within, or within 20 metres of a mine entry (based upon national averages).
  • Within 10 miles of Bristol City Centre, there are nearly 1000 recorded non-coal mines/quarries.
  • Within 5 miles of Bath City Centre, there are nearly 300 recorded non-coal mines/quarries.
  • The Combe Down Stone mines covered a total area of over 20 Hectares beneath the surface and required over 600,000 cubic metres of foamed concrete to stabilise.

Credit: Coal Authority, British Geological Survey and “Stabilisation of Combe Down stone mines, Somerset, UK” by David Adamson and Alan Francis, 2012.


Terrafirma is a leading provider of ground risk assessment for property and land transactions, delivering over 10,000 reports monthly to the conveyancing sector.

We are passionate about improving the understanding of the ground, and the complex ways it interacts with the built environment.

Our geologists, soil scientists and mining engineers clearly communicate ground risks through our pioneering reports, expert advice, and innovative ground risk models.

Terrafirma help organisations access accurate and understandable information on ground hazards so they can make informed decisions, without needing to be ground risk specialists themselves.

Tim joined Terrafirma while completing his master’s degree in Geology at the University of Bristol. As Product Owner, Tim is responsible for the content, delivery, and development of Terrafirma’s reports. Tim has also had experience working as an Account Manager, forming strong client relationships while also continuing to raise awareness surrounding both natural and man-made ground hazards to help change the way we perceive and act upon environmental and ground risks.