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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

Property Litigator – Bristol

Property Litigator – 3pqe+ – BLS30615

This  highly regarded property litigation team in Bristol, rated by Chambers & Partners as a national leader outside London are looking for an Associate to join their team. This is a great opportunity to join the team who are seeing significant growth in work and a chance to work with some fantastic clients.

You will be given early responsibility for running matters, building client relationships and business development whilst working in a collaborative team environment. You will be joining a successful firm with a collegiate and supportive culture, which makes it a rewarding place to work.

The practice : – The specialist real estate litigation lawyers excel in helping clients resolve all kinds of disputes ranging from landlord and tenant to complex and highly technical development disputes. They  provide a cradle-to-grave service and have a wide range of experience, from advising clients on possible angles to exploit and add value on investment portfolios or development site clearance, to early-stage dispute avoidance advice and mediation, full-blown litigation and third-party determination.

The focus of this role will largely be on all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant litigation that arises from large-scale portfolio management, and in part on other property related disputes. Whilst they act for a number of corporate occupiers and institutional landlord clients, much of the commercial landlord and tenant work will be for the corporate occupier clients.

The team:  the team in Bristol currently comprises of 1 Partner, 1 Legal Director, 1 Associate Director, 2 Senior Associates, 2 Associates, 1 Trainee Solicitor and 2 Paralegals. We work across office with our London colleagues and the team there comprises one partner, an Associate Director, a Senior Associate and 3 Associates.

The work: The role will have a broad focus on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, acting mainly for tenants, and some real property disputes.

Technical skills and experience: Due to the technical nature of the practice, the team look for evidence of a strong academic record and training ideally gained within a large regional or City Firm. They also look for candidates who have worked within a recognised and respected Property Litigation team and have good exposure to a variety of commercial landlord and tenant related litigation. As a guide, due to the nature of the work and the structure of the team, they are looking to appoint a lawyer with approximately 3 years’ PQE in this area, although we will consider candidates with slightly more or less experience.

Please note we use PQE levels purely as a guide to the minimum level of experience required.  However we are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil this kind of work.

Every enquiry and application is treated in the strictest of confidence. Appointments are arranged to suit the candidate, in or out of working hours.

Please click here if you would like to register your details and CV or alternatively, contact Helen Read, Recruitment Manager on 0117 945 8486 or at