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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


The Law Society new guidance on solicitors’ undertakings


Guidance has been published on how solicitors can best deal with the risks associated with accepting undertakings given by corporate entities such as companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), which are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and others.

This issue was highlighted in the case of Harcus Sinclair LLP v Your Lawyers Ltd (2021)* where it was noted that the courts do not have the same power to enforce undertakings against corporate entities, as they do against individual solicitors, who are officers of the court.

Many practitioners mistakenly assumed that undertakings given by corporate entities could be enforced under the supervisory jurisdiction of the court – in the same way as an undertaking given by a solicitor, either personally, or on behalf of an unincorporated partnership. This is not a new issue, as incorporated entities have been around for a long time.

Although not subject to the court’s inherent jurisdiction, corporate entities are nonetheless bound by SRA regulations. A breach of an undertaking could lead to a fine or imposition of sanctions by the SRA or the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Read the UK Supreme Court’s decision in Harcus Sinclair v Your Lawyers