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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

New Year New Starters at Wards Solicitors

Local independent law firm, Wards Solicitors is pleased to announce two new appointments in their Clevedon and Nailsea offices.  These come in addition to recently reported promotions to partnership, as part of their New Year moves and new starters news.


Iain Bray joins the firm’s Clevedon office as an Associate in the Commercial Property team.  Having worked in the Bristol legal market throughout his career, Iain joins the firm from a role as Senior Solicitor at the Bank of Ireland.  Iain will join John Brentnall, Jonathan Wilson, Heather Jones and Robert Murray in providing commercial property expertise to businesses across the South West.


Iain said: “I’m delighted to have joined the Wards Solicitors team.  Their reputation as such a well-respected and established local firm, providing practical, logical legal help is second to none and an approach I very much relate to.  I am looking forward to my work, not only on Commercial Property transactions but the occasions when it combines with Commercial and Residential Conveyancing matters.”


Paul Paterson join’s the firm’s Nailsea office as a member of the Wills and Mental Capacity team.  Paul will work on all matters relating to Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection.  Local to northern Somerset, Paul is known for his clear, approachable and accessible manner in handling often complex, sensitive matters.


Paul comments:  “It’s satisfying seeing the transformation in those who have, with our help, been able to move on with their lives at the end of what is often a very traumatic, worrying period. I am looking forward to working as a part of one of the leading, specialist Wills and Mental Capacity teams in the region.”