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Corporate Members 2020

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott Cooke Painter Ltd Clyde & Co DAC Beachcroft Devereux & Co Enterprise Chambers The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Fussell Wright Gregg Latchams Ltd Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Kelcey & Hall Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Michelmores LLP MS Rubric Osborne Clarke … 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 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


Richard Barcan, aged 60 and founding partner of Barcan Woodward Solicitors, has successfully completed the Deloitte Ride Across Britain cycle challenge, raising in excess of £5,500 for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity through The Sam Keen Foundation.


Richard completed the 960 mile ride between Lands End and John O’Groats in just 9 days, cycling over 100 gruelling miles per day. The longest stage of the challenge was a mammoth 135 miles in one day.


Richard says “I’m a pretty experienced cyclist but with 9 consecutive days of over 100 miles per day in some brutal conditions, this was the toughest thing I have ever done. The 135 mile stage in the Scottish Highlands in driving rain and gale force winds was especially hard! I’m so pleased to have finished and to have already raised over £5,500 for the foundation created in the name of my nephew, Sam.”


The Sam Keen Foundation was set up in honour of Richard’s nephew, Sam Keen, who died last November from a Malignant Melanoma aged 27. The foundation is receiving tremendous support from its fundraisers and has already raised over £135,000 for the Royal Marsden Hospital, the UK’s centre of excellence for cancer care to further research into Malignant Melanoma.


To read Richard’s account of his cycle challenge, and for information about how to support his fundraising effort, please visit


For further information about Sam Keen and the foundation set up in his name, visit


BLS salutes the achievement of Richard and urges all members to support the foundation.