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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 of Edward (Ted) C Foster

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing at aged 88 of Edward (Ted) C Foster.  Our thoughts go to his family at this time.

Ted practised law in Bristol from 1973 until his retirement in 1993, firstly with Ledbury Merry and from 1st January 1976, as the founder partner of what started off as Edward C Foster and became Foster & Partners before merging with Simpson Millar LLP in July 2014.  However he was on the roll for more than 50 years and he proudly displayed the certificate from the Law Society commemorating that achievement on his dining room wall.

Ted’s first office was over a local estate agents.  They were cramped but always bustling and good humoured.  It was a good place to work and his offices remained so as the firm grew over the years and developed its specialism in Family Law.  Many people wanted to work at Foster & Partners and those who joined tended not to leave.

With a light touch, Ted created a distinctive, friendly, and kind ‘Foster & Partners’ ethos.  He was a man who genuinely believed in the rule of law, treating everyone fairly whilst always putting his clients’ interests first.

Many, more senior, members of the profession will remember Ted as a much respected solicitor who brought common sense and humanity to legal problems.  He was lucky enough to have practised in the days when it was possible and acceptable to be a true general practitioner, so dealt with many areas of law, but always with a light touch and innate reasonableness which made him easy to underestimate as some, more assertive, opponents found out to their cost!

After his retirement Ted threw himself into his other, and perhaps main, passions of art and photography.  He was a stalwart member of local art and photography clubs and was proud to be elected as a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society in his 80s.  He was painting and taking first rate photographs right up to the last few days of his life.

Ted’ s funeral will be at Westerleigh Crematorium at 2:45pm on Thursday 10th November to be followed by a celebration of his life at the same venue.  Family flowers only but there will be a retiring collection for the Stroke Association in lieu of flowers.