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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

Private Client – Bristol

BLS1429 – Private Client – Solicitor/FCILEX – Bristol

This national law firm has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Solicitor or FCILEx to join its Private Client department on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will be personable, self-motivated, adaptable and have extensive Contentious and Non-Contentious Probate experience although experienced candidates with only contentious experience will also be considered.


  • Advising clients on all aspects of Contentious Probate matters including claims under the I(PFD)A 1975, claims regarding the validity of wills, court of protection work and disputes between Executors and Trustees and Beneficiaries;
  • Will and LPA drafting;
  • Estate and Trust administration;
  • Providing tax advice to clients, including life time tax planning and CGT advice;
  • Completing Trust Tax Returns and Self-assessment tax returns;
  •  Conducting benefits reviews for Deputy files;
  • Advising clients on benefits i.e. Deprivation of capital and funding for care homes;
  • The management of Trusts including setting up trusts from large Clinical Negligence/PI Cases with professional Deputies and the drafting of Trusts and applications to the Court of Protection for comp