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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


Research project on special measures decision-making – criminal law barrister participants


Dr Samantha Fairclough of Birmingham University, whose research focuses on the rules of evidence as they apply in Crown Court trials, is starting some funded research into special measures decision-making. This builds on a small empirical study she undertook in 2016.

As part of this project, she is seeking to interview practising criminal barristers to gain an insight into the factors relevant to decision-making around vulnerable witnesses (and defendants), special measures applications, and other appropriate trial adjustments. The barristers can be of mixed practice, or solely prosecute/defend. The interviews are expected to last for 45mins-1hour, and can be conducted face-to-face or via Zoom/Microsoft Teams. Samantha is keen to get these interviews underway, and so hopes to find barristers available for interview in June, July or August of this year.

Participation from practising lawyers enables our academics to conduct impactful and cutting edge research which benefits all those involved in the criminal justice process. If you think any of your members might be willing to be interviewed, please could you encourage them or their clerks to contact Samantha (s.fairclough@bham.ac.uk) to arrange a convenient time?