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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


The NSPCC and Victim Support are joining forces in the development of a new support service for young witnesses across England and Wales.

The charities aim to create a consistent, accessible young witness service run by Victim Support to help witnesses aged under 18 who have to give evidence at court.  Support from young witness workers helps children prepare for court so they are able to give their best evidence in criminal trials.  The charities hope the young witness service will help bring people to justice , including those who abuse children, by supporting young people through the trauma of the court process.

Building on its current work with young witnesses, Victim Support will deliver the new services drawing on the NSPCC’s expertise in child protection and in developing innovative services. This will create a dedicated young witness support programme for all criminal courts.

Last year Victim Support helped over 12,000 children through the daunting and often intimidating experience of giving evidence. Work to develop the service began in January 2012. The charities hope it will be up-and-running within a year.