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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.  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


New Standards for Experts


Roger Isaacs of Milsted Langdon looks at proposals put forward for expert witnesses in the Family Courts to have minimum standards

The Ministry of Justice is due shortly to issue mandatory minimum standards for expert witnesses providing evidence in the family courts.  It is likely that, once adopted by the family court, similar standards will be issued to apply to other areas of litigation.

Those instructing accountancy (or indeed any) expert witnesses, should not only be aware of the new rules but would also be well advised to include in any letters of instruction to experts a request that the experts confirms their compliance with the standards.

By doing so, the experts will confirm that they have relevant expertise and experience and that they comply with the appropriate Continuing Professional Development requirements.

“a requirement for experts to have a current practicing certificate”

If the terms of the Standards are in line with those that appeared in the draft that was submitted for consultation, there will be a requirement for experts to have a current practicing certificate.  Instructing solicitors may assume that any reputable accountancy expert witness will have a practicing certificate as a matter of course but that may well not be the case.

In particular the requirement for experts to have practicing certificates is likely to have an impact on expert accountancy witnesses from the Big Four and other larger accountancy practices whose expert witnesses are frequently “Directors” or “Senior Managers” but may not be partners in their firms.  Those who are not principals of their firms may well never have had to have applied for practicing certificates.

Roger Isaacs is a partner at Milsted Langdon and can be contacted on risaacs@milsted-langdon.co.uk or at

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