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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

Top education employment lawyer joins VWV

Veale Wasbrough Vizards is delighted to welcome Alice Reeve to their leading national education team.


Alice specialises in employment law, working predominantly with independent schools, academies and other educational institutions.


Previously a partner at Rickerbys, where Alice led the Education team, her experience spans dealing with sensitive and complex employment issues whilst supporting senior leaders and governors.  These can range from restructuring or redundancy programmes to grievance and capability processes or managing allegations of professional misconduct.  

Alice also runs training sessions for school leaders to keep them up to date on topics as diverse as equality and handling complaints. 

In addition, Alice has a track record in academy conversions and has worked with many academies through their conversion and beyond, offering support in the consultation with staff and compliance with TUPE.

Apart from Alice’s legal work, she is well known in the sector having worked with many of the associations and is a regular speaker at events with ISBA, IAPS and others. 


Chambers & Partners described Alice as ‘an employment law specialist who is distinguished by her strong expertise in the education sector‘ and ‘is admired for her work in contesting claims at Employment Tribunals.’

Simon Heald, VWV Managing Partner commented;

Our reputation in the education sector spans nurseries to universities.  Alice’s appointment complements and strengthens the existing teams.

 We have long been leaders in the independent schools sector and now are one of the ‘go to’ firms for state funded schools and academies.  With both landscapes changing and adapting to the recession and new government legislation, we are more than equipped to capitalise on them and advise our clients on the opportunities.”

Alice commented;

“It is exciting to be joining the team at VWV.  They have such enthusiasm for supporting the education sector and real expertise in dealing with any challenge which a school may face.  


It is a particularly good time to be working within education, it is a period of rapid change and I am keen to be part of a team which is at the forefront of advising clients how to best meet the challenges and opportunities this brings.”