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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

Proposal to increase the SRA’s internal fining powers

Tthe SRA has responsibility for investigating failures to meet the regulatory standards set out in its Handbook. The SRA’s effective, consistent and proportionate use of its enforcement powers, including imposing fines, plays a vital role in ensuring a credible deterrence against unacceptable behaviours and furthers the regulatory objectives and professional principles in the Legal Services Act 2007.

The SRA has announced a consultation on increasing its fining powers. All BLS members are encouraged to submit views to the consultation.

This consultation paper invites views on our proposal to increase the current level of our fining powers for ‘traditional’ law firms from their current level of £2,000. The purpose of this consultation is to obtain your feedback on our proposed approach. Your input will assist us to assess views upon our proposals and how they can be taken forward.

The deadline for responses to this consultation is 7 February 2014.

To take part or to find out more, visit