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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

Promotions and retirements at Wards

New era for Wards Solicitors as it announces a new Managing Partner

Leading South West law firm Wards Solicitors LLP has appointed a new managing partner, effective from 1 June.

Jenny Pierce, who is Head of Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity practice at Wards and is one of the firm’s long established senior team, has taken on the new position.

Commenting, Jenny said:  “I am hugely proud to be appointed Wards’ new managing partner. As the first female head of the firm in its 100 year history, it’s an exciting new chapter in my career and also for the business.”

“We have always prospered by being a friendly firm which combines outstanding levels of client care with excellent legal advice.  The last 14 months have been challenging but from when we first went into lockdown, the firm’s performance has exceeded expectation – we adapted quickly by using new technology and different ways of working across our teams.  Now it’s about keeping the best parts of our working practices in this new environment, although nothing will ever replace one to one contact – we are all looking forward to resuming face to face client meetings safely.”

“I am really looking forward to working with our strong management team and helping the firm continue to thrive, supported by our fantastic lawyers and support teams who work incredibly hard delivering the best legal service to our clients.”

Former managing partner David Sheridan, who was instrumental in the successful growth of Wards over his 26 year tenure, continues to advise Jenny and other members of the firm’s senior team as a Consultant.

David said: “Jenny is dedicated, highly respected professionally and an experienced leader. She has developed Wards’ Wills and Probate team into one of the region’s largest and most respected.  Having worked with her personally for many years, I know that she will do a fantastic job bringing that same enthusiasm to the firm as a whole.  I wish her every success in her new role.”

Established more than 100 years ago, Wards Solicitors LLP is an established regional law firm with twelve offices across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset.

The company employs more than 75 legal specialists providing a full range of legal services to both local businesses and individuals.


Wards Solicitors announces six new Partner promotions

Regional law firm Wards Solicitors LLP has announced that six of its solicitors have been promoted to Partner, across the firm’s family, conveyancing, disputes, cohabitation, Wills and Probate practice areas.

The newly promoted Partners are:

  • Claire Blackman in the Residential Conveyancing team, who is based at the firm’s Worle office
  • Sylvie Feltham who specialises in Family cases and is based in Weston Super Mare
  • Lucia Mills a cohabitation and residential property disputes specialist based at Wards’ Bristol office
  • James Murray a construction and property Disputes specialist based in the Bristol office
  • Liz Pople in the Residential Conveyancing team, based in the firm’s Staple Hill office
  • Sarah Woodward, who specialises in Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity work, based in Clevedon

Commenting, Wards’ Managing Partner Jenny Pierce said: “This year more than any other, our teams have experienced enormous disruption to their personal and professional lives but despite everything, they have shown the ability to adapt and thrive while remaining dedicated to our clients.

“I’d like to congratulate our new partners who have each made excellent contributions to the firm and their promotions are thoroughly well deserved.”

Wards Solicitors LLP is a well-established regional law firm with twelve offices across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset.

The company employs more than 75 legal specialists who provide a full range of legal services to both local businesses and individuals.