Society's News


The President’s Charity of the Year 2017/18

                      Please see Freewheelers Leaflet 2017 for the fabulous work these volunteer riders undertake to assist the NHS in moving vital supplies and equipment  around the county. Who knows which one of us or someone we know may have already benefited from their amazing work?


Welcome from BLS President 2017/18 – Gary Lightwood

                    Gary Lightwood is the Managing Partner of Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors’ Bristol office. During his career he has specialised in personal injury litigation, clinical negligence and family law. A former Officer in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, Gary then qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 after joining … more


BLS Conference and Meeting Room Suites Room Hire Information

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms are conveniently located in the centre between the Waterfront Area and the Old City in a modern building situated on the corner of Colston Avenue and St Stephen’s Avenue.  There are a number of large public car parks within a 5 minute walk from the rooms. For full information on our … 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.