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

President & Council

Gary Lightwood Elected as New BLS President 2017/18

Gary Lightwood was elected President of Bristol Law Society at the 147th AGM held at Bradford House, 12 Colston Avenue on Tuesday 21st November 2017.

The members of Bristol Law Society elect a President and two Vice Presidents annually at the AGM in November. The President’s role is to represent the Society and the Bristol legal sector and to manage Council and Executive in implementing the policies of Bristol Law Society during the year.


Executive Group 2017-18:

President: Gary Lightwood, Pattinson & Brewer

Senior Vice President:  Nicholas Lee, Paragon Cost Solutions

Junior Vice President:  Ben Holt, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Immediate Past President: Becky Moyce, Temple Bright LLP

Hon. Secretary: Katherine Moyse, Foot Anstey

Hon. Treasurer: Ben Holt, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Executive Chairman: John Moriarty

Head of Operations: Helen Read


Council members 2017-18:

Coralie McKeivor, Foot Anstey

Sarah E Green, TLT

Leon Smith, DAC Beachcroft

Leonie Parkin, Computershare

Joanne Campbell, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Julian Kinsey, Womble Bond Dickinson

Michael Gupwell, Wards Solicitors

Erin Sawyer, Irwin Mitchell

Katherine M King, Burges Salmon

Gareth Malna, Burges Salmon

Jonathan Peacock, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Karen Stuart, Simmons & Simmons


Special Member: (following December Council meeting ratification)

Janis Purdy, Hon Sec ASWLS (Association of South Western Law Societies)


Co-Opted Members: (following December Council meeting ratification)

Ashley Palminteri, The Family Law Practice

Scott Silbereis, UWE

Chris Wrigley, Osborne Clarke


Law Society Member Ian Kelcey, Kelcey & Hall


Invited Representatives, Non-Council:

Rav Hothi, Sarah Richards, James Shepherd, SW Region, The  Law Society

Toby Huggins, Unity Street Chambers & Bar Representative

Rachel Fisher, Crallans & JLD Chair

Sarah Goodridge, Royds Withy King & CILEx Chair (Bristol Branch)

Edward Thompson, Mowbray Woodwards, Bath Representative

Steven Dinning, UWE

Kerry-Anne Effiom, Avon & Bristol Law Centre, Pro-Bono Representative