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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

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?

BLS Member discount offer on GCHQ certified Social Engineering Course – 8 August

Red Goat Cyber Security are offering Bristol Law Society members a 15% discount on their upcoming GCHQ certified Social Engineering course at Imperial College on the 8th of August. This interactive half-day cyber security course helps you identify and prevent social engineering attacks such as phishing and impersonation by placing you in the position of the hackers to enable you … more

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Two firms in the area announce their new look teams.


Barcan+Kirby are pleased to announce the appointment of two new trainee solicitors from within the firm, James Woodburn and Helena Bond, following a recruitment process which saw dozens of high quality applications.

James Woodburn has worked at the firm since March 2014 as a paralegal in our personal injury and medical negligence department. James has provided high quality and reliable support to the department in all kinds of cases, as well as handling his own caseload. He has an excellent manner with clients, who speak highly of him in their feedback.


Helena Bond joined the firm in February 2016 as a paralegal of several years’ experience, also specialising in medical negligence. She has an interest in maternal birth injury cases and since her arrival has highly impressed solicitors in the department with her knowledge and professionalism.

A strong foundation

Anna Wilson, Executive Partner at Barcan+Kirby, commented on the appointments:

“Congratulations to James and Helena on their appointments of trainee solicitor. Our trainees are an integral part of Barcan+Kirby’s long-term success and our training programme provides them with a strong foundation on which to build a career in the legal profession.

We were hugely impressed with the standard of applicants this year, however it was James’ and Helena’s experience that gave them the edge over the other candidates. In the time that they’ve been with Barcan+Kirby, they consistently demonstrated their potential and I have every confidence that they’ll both be successful in their new roles.

For many graduates, securing a training contract is a challenge that requires patience, drive and determination. Both James and Helena have demonstrated that they have these qualities in abundance and we look forward to supporting them in their development over the next two years.”


Bennetts expands its Private Client department and appoints Hannah Wallington as a Partner          

Bennetts Solicitors Attorneys & Notaries of Wrington are welcome four lawyers to the firm as they strengthen and expand their Private Client department.

Experienced Solicitors, Kay Dawson and Deborah Cable, came to the firm in July 2016 and between them provide considerable experience and expertise across all areas of Private Client work.

They will be supported by Janet Tanton who joined Bennetts as a Legal Assistant in May of this year.

In addition, Bennetts have recruited Daisy Peskett, who joins the firm as a Paralegal having graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Law in 2015 before working as a fee earning Paralegal at a large regional firm in Taunton. Daisy will commence her Legal Practice Course on a vocational basis at the UWE, Bristol in September, following which it is intended that she will train with Bennetts with a view to qualifying as a Solicitor.

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Bennetts Solicitors Attorneys & Notaries of Wrington are delighted to announce that Hannah Wallington has been appointed a Partner in the firm with effect from 1 September 2016.

Hannah trained with Bennetts and qualified as a Solicitor in July 2007 since when she has developed a broad commercial and litigation practice, representing high net worth clients and SME’s across the length and breadth of England and Wales as well as notable charities in and around Bristol.

Francis Montagu, Senior Partner said “I’m delighted to welcome Hannah into the Partnership.  She is a tremendously talented, hard-working and ambitious lawyer who has played a hugely important part in the firm’s growth.  She will contribute enormously to the exciting future which is in store for the firm.”