FAO: Court duty solicitors – cases where D is sent for trial to Crown Court   There has been a change to the LAA Contract in relation to the scope of court duty advocacy assistance: 10.9 A Duty Solicitor must not provide Advocacy Assistance to a Client at a hearing where they are committed to.. read more →

Sentencing Code – Gov Circular

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From 19 October 2020 remand prisoners will be brought to BMC and BathMC Process: Avon and Somerset Courts Overnight and Late Physical Prisoner v2 Further to discussions that have taken place over the last couple of days following the decision of Avon and Somerset Constabulary to no longer be able to support Virtual Remands I.. read more →

Vicky Gibb

We have appointed a new member of staff in the role of compliance and risk. Vicky Gibb will start Monday 12th October and will be initially based remotely, but long term across all three offices.  Her background is in large law firms and she has experience in Lexcel. I am certain she will be a.. read more →

Lexcel Report 2020

I would like to thank everyone for their hard work in preparing for and engaging in this year’s Lexcel assessment. The full report can be found here: Allen Hoole Lexcel assessment report 2020 (verified) This report is confidential and for staff only. read more →


Anti money laundering – When do we require identification from clients This guide will tell you when you must obtain proof of identity from client. Background As professionals, Solicitors Firm’s must safeguard against becoming involved in the processing of illegal or improper gains for clients and ensure their services are not used to further a criminal.. read more →

Taking money for your firm’s costs

This guidance published: 14 September 2020 is to help you understand what the SRA expect when you are: receiving money for our costs transferring money for our costs from our firm’s client account reimbursing our firm for money spent on behalf of the client and how obligations set out in the SRA Accounts Rules (the Accounts.. read more →

Fire Drill

There will be a fire drill at the Bristol office today at 11:55am. read more →

Bristol Magistrates Court – Overnight Prisoners Process

Good afternoon   Overnight Arrests and Late Prisoners – This process will take affect from Monday 10th August   Please ensure you email into the mailbox to inform the court by 9.30am each day for any overnight cases you are dealing with and who in your firm is representing any overnight prisoners including their.. read more →

Case Management at Bristol Crown Court

  On direction of HHJ Picton, the Case Management Judge & in conjunction with CPS, all CPS/RASSO Bristol cases will be listed for a case management hearing, with the purpose of possible resolution. All bail cases will be part of this process, regardless of offence or whether the defendant is maintaining not guilty pleas. Defendants.. read more →