Society's News


The President’s Charity of the Year 2017/18

                      Please see Freewheelers Leaflet 2017 for the fabulous work these volunteer riders undertake to assist the NHS in moving vital supplies and equipment  around the county. Who knows which one of us or someone we know may have already benefited from their amazing work?


Welcome from BLS President 2017/18 – Gary Lightwood

                    Gary Lightwood is the Managing Partner of Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors’ Bristol office. During his career he has specialised in personal injury litigation, clinical negligence and family law. A former Officer in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, Gary then qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 after joining … more


BLS Conference and Meeting Room Suites Room Hire Information

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms are conveniently located in the centre between the Waterfront Area and the Old City in a modern building situated on the corner of Colston Avenue and St Stephen’s Avenue.  There are a number of large public car parks within a 5 minute walk from the rooms. For full information on our … more


SWLST Walk – 26th September


Robert Bourns, President TLS, John Moriarty, President BLS and  Michael Gupwell, President ASWLS led the Bristol SWLST walk on Monday night.

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All the pictures from the event can be found on SWLST website here.

There were some great tweets from the event, SWLST have retweeted as many as they can find, and you can see them on our timeline here but if you have any others please do copy them to them @SouthWestLST.

Thanks to the support from SWLST sponsors bSquared Cost Law, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and The Law Society, and your fantastic efforts, so far, they have raised over £10,500 for advice services which provide free legal advice and support for those most in need.  They are looking to raise £15000 in total so please keep giving.

Free legal advice services are desperately in need of your sponsorship so now you’ve completed the walk, go the extra mile and ask people to support your success! You can find an updated footer to continue fundraising on SWLST website here.

You can continue to fundraise on your online pages and collect offline donations. Ideally, any cash donations should be kept, and cheques made out to the South West Legal Support Trust for the amount donated offline, along with the sponsorship form should be sent to:

The South West Legal Support Trust c/o Dutton Gregory,

48-50 Parkstone Road,

Poole BH15 2PG

If you are doing any publicity around the event please do let us know, we would be happy to provide some additional details for your piece. If you have any feedback from the event please do let us know, we would be delighted to hear it.

SWLST next national event is the Great Legal Quiz and gives firms the perfect opportunity to take part in National Pro Bono Week, have fun and raise some more money for the advice sector! If you’d like any further information please do drop me a line.

Nick Lee - BLS Treasurer

Nick Lee – BLS Treasurer

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Bristol Harbour as sundown

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UWE Law Society

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Michael Gupwell – Spot the Face Competition

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