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Notification of Bristol Law Society AGM

Agenda 2021

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

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


Bristol Law Society and the BBC in Bristol invite you to a preview screening of ‘The Strange Case of the Law’, a forthcoming new BBC Bristol Factual series for BBC Four exploring the history of English law.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the series’ presenter, Harry Potter, and its producer, John Das.

The session will begin at  6pm on June 18th at the BBC Bristol on Whiteladies Road, Clifton. Light refreshments will be provided.

Nick Dell, Bristol Law Society President

Lucio Mesquita, Head, BBC West

If you are interested in attending, as places are limited to 50, please email BLS at

“The Strange Case of The Law” is a new three-part series in which barrister Harry Potter tells the remarkable story of English justice. Episode 1 is due to be broadcast on Tuesday 19 June, (9pm BBC Four) and this will be the episode shown on 18th June to BLS members.

Episode 1 is entitled “Laying Down The Law”

This is a synopsis of the episode:-

English Common Law, with its emphasis on the role of the jury, set a standard of fairness that has influenced legal systems across the world. Many of the features that characterise today’s courts were in place as early as the 14th century. How did England come to have such a distinctive and enduring system? Harry Potter traces English law back to the simple compensation culture of early Anglo-Saxon Kent. He explores the rise of trial by ordeal, where painful and dangerous physical tests were used to determine guilt or innocence. He shows how this system of religious ‘proof’ came to be replaced by jury trial, explains why Henry II’s attempt to unify law in England led to murder in Canterbury Cathedral, and takes a revealing look at the most famous legal document in history, Magna Carta.