Society's News

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

President, Council & Committees

Ben Holt Elected as New BLS President 2019/20

Ben Holt was elected President of Bristol Law Society at the 149th AGM held at 12 Colston Avenue on Tuesday 19th November 2019.









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 Board 2019-20:

President: Ben Holt, VWV
Senior Vice President: Erin Sawyer, Irwin Mitchell
Junior Vice President: Edward Thompson, Battens
Hon Treasurer: Jonathan Peacock, VWV
Hon Secretary: Coralie McKeivor, CMS CMNO
Immediate Past President: Nicholas Lee, Paragon Costs Solutions
Chairman: John Moriarty
Head of Operations: Helen Read

Council members 2019-20:

Saida Bello, Bristol City Council
Joanne Campbell, VWV Approach
Tara Connor-McLaren, Thrings
Shahzia Daya, West of England Combined Authority WECA
Eve Emery, Simmons & Simmons
Mary Gaskins, Burges Salmon
Michael Gupwell, Wards
Ben Hanham, TLT Solicitors
Nick Haywood, Osborne Clarke
Julian Kinsey, Womble Bond Dickinson
Salma Maqsood, Barcan+Kirby
Leonie Parkin, Computershare
Huw Ponting, Enable Law
Leon Smith, DAC Beachcroft
Marc White, Marc White & Co

Co-Opted Members: 

Scott Sibereis, UWE

Rakesh Singh, DAC Beachcroft

Invited Representatives, Non-Council:

ASWLS – Janis Purdy, Hon Secretary, ASWLS
BAR & Schools – Toby Huggins, Unity Street Chambers
Bath Rep – Stuart Henry, McMillan Williams
Bristol & Bath CILEx – Sarah Goodridge, Royds Withy King
Judicial Link – Jerry Fowler, Bristol Civil Justice Centre, HMCTS
JLD – Rachel Fisher, Stowe Family Law (Chair); Roisin O’Dubhlaoidh, Royds Withy King (National JLD)
Pro Bono – Jane Emanuel, Bristol Law Centre
Law Society Council Member – Ian Kelcey, Kelcey & Hall (ex officio)
South West Regional Law Society Management Team – Rav Hothi, Sarah Richard, James Shepherd, The Law Society
University of the West of England – Law Executive, UWE
Tech/Innovation – Dagmar Steffens, West of England Combined Authority
WLD – Coralie McKeivor, CMS CMNO

BLS Staff
Helen Read (Head of Operations);

John Moriarty (Chairman);

Clair Ponting (Events & Membership Coordinator/President’s PA)


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Coralie McKevior, CMS CMNO ; Salma Maqsood, Barcan+Kirby