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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

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

Report of Myanmar Lawyers criminal law fact-finding visit March 2019




















Myanmar is a country with many challenges – not helped by the fact that almost all criminal procedure is dealt with under the 1898 Code of Criminal Procedure (as ‘exported’ to all the sub-region by the British Empire.). This has been updated by the other countries but not by Myanmar.

Stephen McNamara (ex head of legal at Bristol City Council) worked in Yangon as a VSO volunteer in 2017 , returned in 2018 and has just returned again to Yangon. He is working with a local NGO Tharthi Myay which works on land rights and the rule of law.

Stephen is working with Myanmar lawyers on proposals on how the law could be updated e.g. by requiring the police to give information on an arrest, and by requiring some disclosure of prosecution evidence.

Tharthi Myay funded the visit of 4 lawyers to Bristol in March – and they met with criminal lawyers (Allen and Hoole, and Daniel Woodman and Co), VWV, the police, Andrew Langham QC, the University Legal Clinic as well as receiving a formal welcome from the President of Bristol Law Society, Past President Michael Gupwell of BLS and Head of Legal, WECA and BLS Counci Member Shahzia Daya.

Stephen is now an enthusiastic student of colonial law and the role of lawyers as agents of change “The trip was an extraordinary experience for our Myanmar colleagues. Myanmar lawyers have a bravery we can only guess at. They very much appreciated the generosity and openness of their colleagues in Bristol. In different ways we are all working to support the rule of law. This visit may well have contributed to bringing about fundamental change. And if anyone is interested in my critique of the 1898 Act. or what Tharthi Myay and local lawyers are trying to do then write to me