Society's News


President’s Charity of the Year – Bristol Children’s Help Society

                            The Bristol Children’s Help Society is a privately funded volunteer led charity that owns and runs Barton Camp our 100 bed residential children’s centre in the beautiful Mendip hills. Barton Camp operates through the year as a base where disadvantaged local children can enjoy a few … 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

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms including a suite of mediation 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 … more


Our Society


Bristol Law Society

Bristol Law Society (BLS) is a large local law society with a membership in the region of 4500 and is the oldest local law society in the country being founded in 1770. It has an innovative and collaborative approach to working within and outside the legal profession and is at the forefront of many initiatives, both national and regional. Since 2017, the Society’s offices and library are located at 12 Colston Avenue, right on the centre of Bristol, ideally placed for those members who spend much of their time in and around the Courts or visiting Counsel.

Governance
The Society is governed by a President, two Vice Presidents, other officers and a Council of solicitors. Council members come from a variety of backgrounds, large and small firms, in-house and private practice and cover all areas of legal work in order to reflect the  profession as a whole.

Services
Bristol Law Society provides a range of services to its members including a library, an annual programme of courses and seminars and a legal recruitment consultancy.

Events
Throughout the year an increasing number of events is organised for members including events with and for non lawyers, professional dinners with the decision makers of the local firms, two quizzes, a Summer Party, charity Golf Day, the Awards Dinner and Legal Sunday celebrations plus a wide range of educational conferences and workshops. These events are both very successful and well attended – last year we had 150 people at the summer party and over 410 guests at the awards dinner. They are not only fun but also offer the opportunity for members to meet and network with others within and outside the profession. Click for photos

Membership
There are two categories of membership of Bristol Law Society. Full Membership is open to fully-qualified solicitors who are on the Law Society Roll and who live or work within a 30-mile radius of Bristol. Associate Membership is open to other members of the legal  profession including Trainee Solicitors, Barristers, Pupils, ILEX members and solicitors outside the 30-mile Bristol radius. Associate Members enjoy all the benefits of membership except voting at the AGM and becoming a Council member.

For membership form and current rates click here
For further information please contact Bristol Law Society at 12 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST on telephone: 0117 945 8486
Email: info@bristollawsociety.com