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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!


Regional law firm Wards Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce the promotion of Rachael Thomas to Partner.

Rachael is an experienced Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity solicitor, and deals with Will drafting, Inheritance Tax and Administration of Estates, along with Mental Capacity work including Lasting Powers of Attorney.  She qualified as a solicitor in 2005, and is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

Rachael has also just qualified for full TEP membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the leading worldwide industry body for senior practitioners that represents the highest of professional standards.

In addition, Solicitor Emily Moberly and Solicitor Associate Alison Mellor who also work in Wards’ Wills Probate and Mental Capacity team have been newly accredited with full TEP membership. This brings the total number of fully qualified TEP solicitors at Wards to 13.

Commenting, Wards’ Managing Partner David Sheridan said: “We are lucky to have a whole host of talented individuals within the business, and as our firm continues its growth, we are committed to helping them develop further with their careers. Rachael’s promotion and Emily and Alison’s achievements are a reflection of their hard work and dedication, even during these difficult times, and demonstrate the high level of expertise we offer our clients across our range of services. ”

Rachael Thomas’s promotion to Partner follows a record number of promotions announced by Wards Solicitors this summer.  In June, the firm created four new Partnerships, and promoted two of its solicitors to Associate level.

Wards Solicitors LLP is a well-established regional law firm with eleven offices across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset.  The company employs more than 75 legal specialists who provide a full range of legal services to both local businesses and individuals.