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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 info@bristollawsociety.com. 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


NEW BBC TV SERIES ON STORY OF JUSTICE PREMIERES FOR BLS MEMBERS


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 info@bristollawsociety.com

“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.