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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


The LSC has agreed that they will open a further tender for licence-only Family and Family & Housing work; with contracts awarded through that tender to take effect from 1st April 2012.  This will represent a final opportunity for providers who were unsuccessful due to bid form mistakes in the first tender to obtain a contract to carry out licensed work.

Given the high success rate in the recent family tender exercise, sufficient matter starts have already been awarded but a license only contract will ensure that those providers who would otherwise be unable to undertake new publicly funded family work can continue to do so.

Those that were successful in the recent family tender exercise (well over 90% of applicants completed the tender successfully, and the vast majority of existing family contracted providers have been offered the new contract which takes effect on 1 February 2012) need not apply, only those who were previously unsuccessful or who seek a licence-only Family contract.  It should be emphasised to all of those planning to apply that there will be no further opportunities to obtain a legal aid contract until tenders for the reduced scope of legal aid open in the summer for commencement in April 2013.

Full details of the tender will be published on the LSC website soon.