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Corporate Members 2022

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Beale & Co Bevan Brittan BLM Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott CMS CMNO DAC Beachcroft The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Freeths Fussell Wright GL Law Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Osborne Clarke Paragon Costs Solutions Queen Square Chambers Royds Withy King Simmons … 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

BLS Annual Awards Dinner 3rd November 2022

Check out our digital Awards Brochure with a welcome from our C0-Presidents, full details of the award categories and links to our wonderful supporters who make this event possible. We look forward to celebrating the best of the local profession with you on 3rd November! BLS Awards 2022 Digital Brochure Nomination Brochure 2022 Nomination Online Submissions Booking Form 2022


The SRA has announced several changes to the PII regime, including the removal of the assigned risks pool and a new requirement for insurers to disclose their credit rating.

The Law Society has commented that it supports:

·     The removal of the assigned risks pool (ARP) and introduction of a 90 day period that comprises of an extended indemnity period (EIP) and cessation period. If a firm is unable to obtain a policy of insurance at the end of the 90 days, it must close. This is consistent with the proposal put forward by the Law Society in the first stage consultation. As a result of the second stage consultation, the SRA now agrees that the entire period must be backdated to the end of the original policy. The EIP requires efficient enforcement action by the SRA to avoid firms operating without insurance. The SRA is expected to release in May detailed amendments to the authorisation rules to facilitate this.

·     The maintenance of insurance coverage throughout the EIP and cessation period even if work is conducted in breach of the requirement to only perform work in connection with existing instructions throughout the indemnity period.

·     The SRA will allow insurers to obtain reimbursement from insureds who conduct work contrary to the rules.

·     The SRA’s decision to not introduce a notice period prior to the EIP. The removal of the single renewal date from 1 October 2013 will result in greater flexibility in policy length, which may allow insurers and insureds to work through issues without necessarily triggering the provisions of the EIP.

·     The introduction of a requirement that insurers are transparent about their credit ratings (or lack of rating) for the 2012 renewal.