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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

Movers & Shakers


Bristol law firm, Barcan+Kirby strengthened its team with the appointment of two trainee solicitors after an open recruitment process.

Isabel Harper and Anne Pascal joined the firm last year as paralegals working in clinical negligence and commercial property respectively.

Each will now complete a four-seat training programme over two years in order to gain experience in litigation, family law, conveyancing and private client work, before qualifying as fully-fledged solicitors.

The firm’s array of services, ranging from conveyancing to contentious probate, will allow both trainees to shadow senior solicitors with a variety of specialisms and turn their hand to a wide array of legal tasks.

They will also move between the firm’s six offices and develop their client-handling skills through exposure to the firm’s varied customer base.

Anna Wilson, Executive Partner at Barcan+Kirby, responded to the appointments:

“Congratulations to Isabel and Anne on their appointments as trainee solicitors. Our trainees are an integral part of Barcan+Kirby’s long-term success. Our training programme provides them with a strong foundation on which to build a career in the legal profession.

We look forward to supporting Isabel and Anne in their development over the next two years.”

From left to right: Anne Pascal and Isabel Harper appointed as trainee solicitors at Barcan+Kirby.



A lawyer with extensive experience of the health and social care sector has joined Royds Withy King in Bath as a partner.

Mei-Ling Huang has joined Royds Withy King’s Health and Social Care team from Burroughs Day in Bristol, bringing with her a long track record of advising care providers, GPs and dentists on regulatory aspects of health and social care law.

Her appointment signals further expansion for the team which was strengthened last year through the appointments of partners Hazel Phillips and James Sage, who between them cover employment law, safeguarding, CQC registration and compliance, as well as sales, mergers and acquisitions of care home businesses.

Mei-Ling is an experienced litigator specialising in regulatory work in the health and social care sector, including challenging inspection reports, enforcement action and closures. She also regularly speaks at regional and national care conferences.

Commenting on her appointment, Mei-Ling said: “I am delighted to have joined Royds Withy King and its successful Health and Social Care team. We can provide clients with a complete legal service and negotiate solutions to issues which can often make or break a health or social care business.”

Royds Withy King’s Health and Social Care team works with care associations and care providers across the UK, providing a seamless service from a network of offices in London, Bath, Swindon, Marlborough and Oxford.


Newly-appointed partner Mei-Ling Huang who has joined the Health and Social Care team at Royds Withy King.



Gregg Latchams to offer trade mark and design attorney services

GL’s IP and media specialist, Chris Haywood, is now a dual-qualified trade mark & design attorney / solicitor. He joined GL from a boutique trade mark and design practice in Oxford, Sipara, having previously worked at Eversheds Sutherland in London and Paris.

Speaking to BLS, Chris said “We are excited to be able to offer attorney services at GL. In addition to working for high-street brands, a lot of my experience comes from offering back-end attorney work for other firms. I very much hope that we will be able to help our colleagues in the legal services sector take advantage of the booming Bristol creative market through GL’s own white-label offering”.



Niche Bristol Dispute Resolution Law Firm Celebrates First Anniversary

Specialist commercial dispute resolution law firm Loney Stewart Holland has celebrated its first anniversary, following its 2016 launch from Bristol’s Temple Quay. Throughout its successful first year the firm has represented local, national and international clients in a variety of disputes across the whole spectrum of commercial sectors including insurance, professions, hospitality, construction, sport and public affairs.

Founding partner Richard Loney said: “We’ve been delighted by what we’ve achieved in our first year and the enthusiastic response we’ve received from clients, business partners and the business community. By stripping away the costs of larger firms, we’ve been able to provide a proactive partner led service delivering real value as more than just lawyers, whilst passing the savings onto our clients. There have been many hugely satisfying results in our first year and it’s been particularly rewarding to be able to offer a lean alternative to the traditional law firm model. We’ve implemented a flexible partnering model tailored to each client’s needs ranging from accessible “around the clock” straightforward telephone guidance to “on the ground” consultancy.”

The firm deals with a wide spectrum of commercial disputes, with particular specialist expertise in professional liability and insurance law acting for policyholders, brokers and insurers. The partners – Richard Loney, Alistair Stewart and Sarah Holland – between them have over 40 years’ specialist litigation experience, having previously spent many years at a national commercial and insurance law firm where they led and developed a substantial commercial litigation department.

The firm is looking forward to developing further relationships with businesses over the coming year. Richard said: “We will be implementing a detailed plan to connect with businesses to offer practical solutions to commercial disputes and help them nip problems in the bud. In addition, we will build on our existing network of like-minded professionals to provide “joined up” complementary services and be making strategic additions to our team.”

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