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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

St John’s Chambers celebrate new silk appointment

St John’s Chambers is delighted to announce that Kathryn Skellorn has been approved as Queens Counsel. The silk ceremony will be held on 14th April.

Kathryn was called to the bar in 1993, and has been specialising solely in Children Act cases, dealing with complex care work and contentious private law matters. She is well versed in medico-legal issues, concurrent criminal proceedings and the use of the inherent jurisdiction.

It has been reported that 100 silks have been appointed in this year’s round – the largest number for three years. In total, 95 barristers and five solicitor-advocates were named yesterday as QCs, up from 83 barristers and one solicitor last year.

The selection process which Kathryn went through involved being considered against five competencies: understanding and using the law, written and oral advocacy, working with others, diversity and integrity.

Kathryn Skellorn said: “I am delighted to be appointed. I am looking forward to working with client teams and within the family justice system in this new role.”

Christopher Sharp QC, Head of St John’s Family Practice Group said: “I am delighted by Kathryn’s appointment which further strengthens St John’s position as the leading family set in the South West and adds to our existing Silk team of Robin Tolson QC, Susan Jacklin QC and myself.”