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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

Pre-proceedings protocol for children on the edge of care proceedings

The Pre-Proceedings Protocol for cases where Local Authorities are considering whether to take children at risk into care was introduced by the Designated Family Judge for the Bristol area HHJ Wildblood QC on 1 July last.


At Judge Wildblood’s request and with the knowledge and support of the President of the Family Division, a team of former practitioners, now researchers, from the University of West of England is conducting some research on the workings of the Bristol area Protocol and its effectiveness. We are also researching a similar protocol used in Chester. We shall be talking to everyone involved, from children to Judges. The researchers very much welcome the views of private practitioners who work in the field and have experience of the Protocol. We are particularly interested if you also have experience of the situation before the Protocol was introduced.


We intend to report to Judge Wildblood and HHJ De Haas QC (Designated Family Judge for Cheshire and Merseyside) and to the President in mid-March. What we report will be taken into account by the President in his consideration of a possible national protocol, and by Judges Wildblood and De Haas in their consideration of the effectiveness of the local protocols.


If you do public childcare work, we are looking to conduct reasonably short interviews with you either face to face or over the telephone. We are mindful of the pressure of time in practice, and will be as quick as we can. But the length of the interview will depend upon how much you have to say. We are doing the interviews during January and February.


We hope you will recognise the importance of the work and that it is worth taking a little time out from the day job to participate. After all, you are/will be affected by the outcome.


If you want more information or are willing to participate, please e-mail