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Corporate Members 2021

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Battens Beale & Co BLM Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott CMS CMNO Cooke Painter Ltd Clyde & Co DAC Beachcroft The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Fussell Wright GL Law Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Osborne Clarke Paragon Costs Solutions Queen Square Chambers … 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


No 12, The Meeting Rooms – Conference, Meeting and Mediation Rooms for Hire

Please note that the BLS office is shut to members at present as we continue to work from home during the pandemic. We can be contacted on info@bristollawsociety.com. In the meantime, our office is now operating as the Bristol Nightingale Court and accordingly, we are unable to hire out our facilities until further notice. (Oct 2020) Bristol Law Society’s suite … more


Research project on the Language of DIY Justice, focusing on communication challenges experienced by LIPS in civil proceedings


Birmingham Law School and BCU School of English are conducting a research project on Language of DIY Justice, focusing on communication challenges experienced by Litigants in Person in civil proceedings.

The project investigates the following aspects: language used to construct perceptions around DIY Justice; legal-lay communication; and communication and elicitation processes embedded in court administration and procedures (e.g. how information and evidence is elicited through administrative steps and procedural rules).

The focus on language and communication allows the project to explore key players and factors that shape DIY Justice:

  • LIPs and their perceptions of their experiences and roles within legal proceedings;
  • judges and lawyers and their perceptions of LIPs’ capabilities and roles within legal proceedings;
  • communication challenges that arise during legal-lay interactions;
  •  communication and elicitation processes inherent in court administrative procedures;
  • communication and elicitation processes embedded in civil procedure rules.

We would also be interested in your reflections on recent remote hearings if you have any experience with LIPs in these settings.

As part of the project, the Principal Investigator Dr Tatiana Tkacukova is interested in conducting interviews with solicitors and barristers who have experience dealing with LIPs. If you would like to share your experience and views, please get in touch with Tatiana at tatiana.tkacukova@bcu.ac.uk. The interview will last for app. 15 mins and can be done over the phone or via Zoom/MS Teams/Skype or another online platform.

Thank you very much for considering your involvement.