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Corporate Members 2020

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott Cooke Painter Ltd Clyde & Co DAC Beachcroft Devereux & Co Enterprise Chambers The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Fussell Wright Gregg Latchams Ltd Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Kelcey & Hall Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Michelmores LLP MS Rubric Osborne Clarke … 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 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

Obituary – Erica Thomas

We are sad to report the recent death of Erica Thomas.  Erica was a partner in Trumps, and then TLT, undertaking real estate work for private clients.

She was diligent and thorough in all that she did, setting herself and others the very highest of standards.  She was also extremely caring and concerned that all should be treated fairly and with respect, encouraging all to develop their careers and look for opportunity.  She pioneered the firms first accreditation under the Investors in People regime, always believing that it was far more than a process, but rather a way of describing how we worked together.  The firm was recorded as an exemplar of the mark.  She led the early iteration of the “social committee” and tolerated a karaoke evening, notwithstanding the obvious pain it caused an opera enthusiast, to listen to her colleagues attempts at “Yellow Submarine”.

Beyond the firm, Erica chaired the BLS Training Committee for some years, ensuring that the training was both relevant and presented to the highest possible standards.  Erica had originally graduated as a botanist, before qualifying as a solicitor, reading law at Oxford and undertaking her training with Burges Salmon.

Following her retirement from the firm she has provided valuable and practical support to a number of community and charitable projects, including, but by no means limited to the relocation of the University’s botanic gardens and the operatic society.

Many people have much to thank her for. She was keenly interested and quietly effective in all that she did.

Funeral will take place on Tuesday 14 June at 11.30 at Woodlands Memorial gardens at Earthcott Green nr Alveston BS35 3TA.