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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

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?

BLS Member discount offer on GCHQ certified Social Engineering Course – 8 August

Red Goat Cyber Security are offering Bristol Law Society members a 15% discount on their upcoming GCHQ certified Social Engineering course at Imperial College on the 8th of August. This interactive half-day cyber security course helps you identify and prevent social engineering attacks such as phishing and impersonation by placing you in the position of the hackers to enable you … more

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 Pattinson & Brewer where he remains. He joined Bristol Law Society Council in 2003, eventually becoming Junior Vice President in 2015.

When not at work, Gary enjoys the company of his wife and two teenage daughters as well as a busy social calendar! He is a keen technical diver, singer and guitarist in a rock ‘n’ roll band (Men in Hats!) and a motorcycle enthusiast, currently engaged in training for his IAM Masters Motorcyclist qualification. He owns a Harley!

“Bristol Law Society has gone from strength to strength over recent years which was not always the case in these difficult times. I am honoured and humbled to be the Society’s President for this year and am supported by the most capable and committed team on the Executive and Council and I am most grateful for all the support we receive from our members and sponsors.

This team and the support we have has enabled the Society to establish a thriving base at the new “HQ” at 12 Colston Avenue which allows us to offer far more in the way of service to the members going forward.

As for my plan, I am not in need of any personal legacy. I am also aware that a year is such a short tenure. With this in mind and coming from ordinary beginnings myself, I am acutely aware of how difficult it is to forge a career in the law for the young generation. I have been so impressed and excited about the school’s initiative introduced by my predecessor, Becky Moyce, the Immediate Past President, that I can see no better use of my time in this Office than to support and grow this initiative further, with the Team’s help.

I will also focus upon building and honing the already excellent initiatives we have in training and services to the members and in representation to The Law Society and Government in terms of making our voices heard in any relevant consultations, of which there are many. I will also be looking to make increasing use of our new premises, particularly in respect of the mediation suite.

It should be fun!”