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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

World War One Commemoration delights BLS members.

In 1920, Bristol Law Society commissioned and erected a plaque to commemorate the names of those members of the Society who served in and those who fell during the Great War. This plaque now stands proudly in Bristol Law Society’s boardroom in the Law Library.


A packed Law Library including 10 former Law Society Presidents, the Lord Mayor of Bristol, the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol gathered to listen to the stories behind those named on the plaque. Thanks to sponsors Milsted Langdon and Burges Salmon, BLS President Ben Tarrant introduced Dr Charles Booth and Kent Fedorowich from UWE, who are working on the BBC World War One at Home project, and BLS Past President Jack Lyes (1980-1), who between them had traced the stories of Bristol and Bristol Lawyers during World War One.


Jack Lyes painted the picture of the firms in existence in 1914, mainly sole practitioners and small firms, and told the stories of those who volunteered for service and those who stayed behind to manage the legal profession. Sole Practitioners called up to serve left their firms in the hands of colleagues from other firms, a story that brought home to those in the audience the importance of the Law Society in foistering collegiality.

Stories were told of Parry Burges, W. Sefton Clarke, Leonard Dickinson, Reginald Wansborough, Arthur Poole and others, names that resonated with the audience. Those who stayed behind were also talked about, solicitors who raised money for the returning soldiers. The Bristol recruiting song “Bravo Bristol”, written by local solicitor, Frederic Weatherly, was played to the room.

Stories gathered by the UWE team for the World War One at Home project and many contemporary photographs reminded the audience that all other walks of life in Bristol were affected by the conflict.

Thanks to Milsted Langdon and Burges Salmon, BLS has produced a booklet “Bristol Law Society and World War I” which is available from the Law Library.

Money was raised for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and all BLS members are urged to support this very worthy cause.