‘The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes’
In November of this year, The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes opened as part of a Channel 4 programme to raise awareness of dementia and remove the stigma around the disease. The restaurant is staffed by people with dementia, working in the... [read more...
Return of the Probate Tax: What does it mean?
The government has announced that it has resurrected its 2017 plan to implement an enormous increase in probate application fees for higher-value estates in England and Wales. While the new plan will impose fewer punitive charges than when was first... [read more...
We’re gearing up to support Road Safety Week!
We’re delighted to be supporting the Brain Injury Group and BRAKE in this year’s Road Safety Week campaign. This year, BRAKE’s theme is ‘Bike Smart’ and will focus on the safety of cyclists and motorcyclists, who are amongst the most vulnerable of... [read more...
Firm ranked top in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession
The 2019 edition of The Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession has been published, and we’re proud to announce that we’ve been ranked in three areas of law – including a top ranking for our clinical negligence team. Our clinical negligence team has... [read more...
Firm receives top ranking for medical negligence work in Legal 500
We’re delighted to announce that Barcan+Kirby has once again been recognised by independent legal research guide, The Legal 500, for our expertise in medical negligence, personal injury and family law. We were awarded a tier 1 ranking for our... [read more...
Private and confidential
This missive is top secret and to be read only by its intended recipients*.... [read more...
Fiona Dabell shortlisted for AvMA Rising Star Award
We’re delighted to announce that solicitor Fiona Dabell has been shortlisted for the inaugural Action Against Medical Accidents Rising Star Award. Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is a national charity campaigning for patient safety and... [read more...
Anna Wilson named one of the West’s “100 most influential women”
Executive Partner Anna Wilson has been named as one of the 100 most influential women in the West by the Bristol Post. She joins a number of household names on the list, including Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams, Princess Anne and Winter Olympic gold... [read more...
Three new partners appointed
We're delighted to announce the appointment of three new partners at Barcan+Kirby. Georgina Bryant, Kirsten Hale and Samantha Castle will join the partnership from 1 April. The trio of appointments means that 53% of our 17-strong partnership are women... [read more...
We raised £6,000 for dementia in 2017
We’d like to say a big well done to all our staff on their amazing fundraising efforts over the past year. Thanks to their hard work, we’ve been able to raise £6,061.54 for local dementia charities BRACE Alzheimer’s Research and Bristol Dementia Action... [read more...
Alex Castiglione appointed Partner
We're delighted to announce the appointment of Alex Castiglione, our current Head of Commercial Property, as Partner. Alex joined Barcan+Kirby in 2002 as a temporary receptionist, and took the opportunity to obtain her Chartered Legal Executive... [read more...
Firm ranked by Chambers Guide in three areas of law
The latest edition of the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession has just been published – and there is plenty in it for our solicitors to be happy about! Our medical negligence team have once again come out top in Bristol for their specialism – they... [read more...
Tom Sharkey joins Law Society mental capacity panel
Tom Sharkey, Partner and head of our Court of Protection team, has been named among the first 30 lawyers appointed to the Law Society’s Mental Capacity panel of experts. As an accredited mental capacity legal expert, Tom is recognised by the Law Society... [read more...
Historic success at the Bristol Law Society awards
Barcan+Kirby are celebrating a historic night of success at the Bristol Law Society awards where we scooped no fewer than three awards – a record for the firm.... [read more...
Firm receives top ranking in Legal 500
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve once again been recognised by independent legal research guide The Legal 500 for our medical negligence, personal injury and family law expertise. We have again been awarded a tier 1 ranking for our medical... [read more...
Firm donates another £2,000 to local dementia charities
We’re pleased to report on World Alzheimer’s Day that, thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts of our staff, we’ve been able to donate £2,000 this month to local charities Bristol Dementia Action Alliance and BRACE Alzheimer’s Research.... [read more...
Meningitis caused by medical negligence – case study
A recently released report by the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations shows that around half a million children under five die of meningitis worldwide every year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has put meningitis high on the global agenda and is... [read more...
Latest trainee solicitor appointments announced
Barcan+Kirby are delighted to confirm the appointment of two new trainee solicitors from within our ranks, following an open recruitment process that drew in scores of applications.... [read more...
FIVE nominations for Bristol Law Society Awards
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve received no fewer than five nominations for the Bristol Law Society Awards this year!... [read more...
Women in Law Shortlisted for Business Award
The shortlist for the Business Leader Awards has been released and we’re delighted to see that we’ve once again made the final cut in the Marketing Campaign of the Year category. For the second year in a row, Barcan+Kirby is up for this prestigious... [read more...
New ‘Growing Together’ community campaign launches
We’re pleased and excited to announce the launch of a new local communities-based sponsorship programme, which will fund a number of growing-related projects around Bristol and South Gloucestershire.... [read more...
On your bike Giles! Land’s End to Bristol for the Grand Appeal
Consultant solicitor Giles Woodward is once again donning his cycling jersey to raise money for the Grand Appeal – this time by riding from Land’s End to Bristol in four days! Giles will be cycling 260 miles through the Cornish, Devon and Somerset... [read more...
Making strides in the fight against dementia – 20km walk for BRACE
Staff from our North Street office were put through their paces this weekend when they took part in a 20 kilometre sponsored walk to raise money for BRACE Alzheimer’s Research. The team, made up of ten employees plus one retired partner, trekked... [read more...
Firm links up with Bristol Energy to fight dementia
Hot on the heels of our Dementia Awareness Week donation scheme, we’re excited to announce our affiliate deal with Bristol Energy, which allows our staff to fundraise for BRACE when they switch energy suppliers. For every employee who switches their gas... [read more...
We’re supporting Dementia Awareness Week
At Barcan+Kirby, we’re proud to announce our support for Dementia Awareness Week, running May 15th to 21st, 2017. Dementia Awareness Week aims to unite people across the UK to take action against dementia – whether by fundraising, organising an event... [read more...
Aspiring solicitor? Tips for success in your trainee interview
You’ve been invited to interview for a training contract – congratulations! After years of study, securing a training contract is one of the trickiest hurdles you’ll face in your journey to become a fully fledged solicitor. It’s important that you get... [read more...
Firm announces internal promotions
We’re delighted to announce a number of internal promotions, including the appointment of Senior Associate Claire Hurrell to Partner, as the firm continues to go from strength to strength. Claire, a member of our medical negligence team, joined us in... [read more...
Make a Will Fortnight
We’re delighted to announce that Barcan+Kirby has raised over £2,000 for St Peter’s Hospice, as part of their Make a Will Fortnight last October.... [read more...
Celebrating our women in law for International Women’s Day
Today is International Women’s Day – so we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate the contribution and achievements of our female staff. We strive to ensure our firm is a welcoming environment and make sure we nurture and reward all talent,... [read more...
Alex Castiglione appointed Head of Commercial Property
Barcan+Kirby are delighted to announce the promotion of Alex Castiglione to Senior Associate and Head of Commercial Property.... [read more...
Barcan+Kirby announces new supported charities
We’re delighted to announce that this year we’ve jointly selected BRACE, the dementia charity, and Bristol Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA) as our 2017 charities of the year. BRACE is an independent charity dedicated to raising funds that support... [read more...
2016 – How did we do?
As the new year gets underway, we’ve been reviewing our client feedback to see how we did in 2016. We’re pleased to say that even though last year we reported that 96% of our clients were happy with the service they received, this year we’ve gone one... [read more...
Firm raises £7,781 for Macmillan
For the past year we’ve been raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, and now that 2016 is over we’re delighted to announce our fundraising total is £7,781! As well as the usual coffee mornings (with monthly supplies of home-baked cake),... [read more...
Iain Robinson joins commercial property team
We're pleased to announced that we have expanded our commercial team, with the appointment of Commercial Property lawyer, Iain Robinson. Iain joins the firm from Humphreys & Co and has seven years' experience in commercial property, specialising in... [read more...
We’re supporting Cots for Tots’ Christmas appeal
We’re delighted to announce that we’re supporting the Cots for Tots’ 2016 Christmas Stocking appeal. Cots for Tots is a Bristol-based charity that is committed to supporting the families of sick and premature babies in Bristol’s special care baby... [read more...
Make a pledge to Brake for Road Safety Week
We’re proud to once again support Road Safety Week, organised by Brake, the road safety charity. This event runs between 21 and 27 November, bringing together schools and communities to highlight the importance of safe driving. Barcan+Kirby is... [read more...
Leading the way on becoming ‘dementia friendly’
Staff at Barcan+Kirby have given their support to an Alzheimer's Society initiative to create 'dementia friendly' communities by attending a dementia information session. Over 100 of our staff have committed to becoming a 'Dementia Friend', meaning that... [read more...
Firm ranked top in Bristol for medical negligence
Barcan+Kirby’s medical negligence solicitors have once again been named as the dominant force in their field. The latest set of rankings from Chambers’ Guide to the Legal Profession were released on Wednesday and Barcan+Kirby were once again the only... [read more...
£1,000 for local dementia charity
A local dementia awareness charity has been given a boost, thanks to a £1,000 donation from Barcan+Kirby. Bristol Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA) is a community-based project that is funded entirely by volunteers. We’re working in partnership with BDAA... [read more...
Claire Hurrell named Lawyer of the Year
Barcan+Kirby are delighted to announce that Claire Hurrell has been awarded the prestigious Lawyer of the Year accolade by Bristol Law Society. Claire, a senior associate solicitor in the firm’s top-ranked medical negligence team, won the award for her... [read more...
Firm shortlisted for four regional law awards
We’re delighted to announce that Barcan+Kirby has been shortlisted for four awards in the forthcoming Bristol Law Society annual awards.... [read more...
Firm receives top tier Legal 500 ranking
We’re delighted to announce that our medical negligence, personal injury and family law teams have been recognised by Legal 500, an independent guide to the UK’s legal services providers. Described as “one of the best in the South West”, our... [read more...
Future retirees – beware the ‘middle class care gap’
An ageing population inevitably means that more and more of us will need care in our later years. But our Citizen 2025 research suggests that those aged 55+ - the so-called baby boomer generation - aren’t doing enough now to ensure that they can provide... [read more...
Firm shortlisted for regional marketing award
Barcan+Kirby’s Citizen 2025 campaign has been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the ‘marketing campaign of the year’ category of the Business Leader Awards 2016. This award is open to organisations of all shapes and sizes across Bristol and... [read more...
Firm appoints two new trainees
Barcan+Kirby are pleased to announce the appointment of two new trainee solicitors from within the firm, James Woodburn and Helena Bond, following a recruitment process which saw dozens of high quality applications.... [read more...
96% of clients would recommend our service
It’s been just over a year since we became Barcan+Kirby and in that time we’ve gone from strength to strength. Your perception of us and our service is important to us. We value all client feedback and are committed to using it to continually improve... [read more...
Barcan+Kirby make £8,599 donation to Macmillan
At Barcan+Kirby we’re proud of the support we give to charitable causes, both local and national. This year our chosen charity is Macmillan Cancer Support, and we’re delighted that we’ve just been able to hand them £8,599.28. The money will help... [read more...
We’re Bristol Law Society’s Law Firm of the Year 2015!
We’re pleased to announce that Barcan+Kirby have scooped the 2015 Law Firm of the Year (less than 15 partners) award at the annual Bristol Law Society event. This accolade is awarded to firms that are able to demonstrate excellence in the provision of... [read more...
Firm makes eight internal promotions
We’re delighted to announce a number of internal promotions to Associate and Senior Associate level within the firm. Congratulations to Alex Castiglione, from our Commercial property team, and to two members of our Residential conveyancing team –... [read more...
Barcan+Kirby receive top tier Legal 500 ranking
We’re delighted to announce that our medical negligence and personal injury teams have once again been recognised by Legal 500, an independent guide to the UK’s legal services.... [read more...
Firm shortlisted for three awards by Bristol Law Society
We’re delighted to announce that Barcan+Kirby has been shortlisted in three categories at the forthcoming Bristol Law Society annual awards.... [read more...
Barcan Woodward raises £4,163 for One25
Throughout 2014, we have all been hard at work, raising money for our chosen charity, One25. Our fundraising efforts have included bake sales, dress down Fridays and a sky dive back in the summer which involved three members of our team. We are delighted... [read more...
Barcan Woodward & Kirby Sheppard set to merge
We’re delighted to announce our intention to merge with fellow Bristol solicitors, Kirby Sheppard, a firm that shares many of our core values including our commitment to providing outstanding client service. We’re tremendously excited by this... [read more...
Firm awarded Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation
We’re delighted to announce that Barcan+Kirby has been awarded the prestigious Law Society’s mark of excellence, Lexcel. Lexcel is a recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and shows that we’ve met high client care and business management... [read more...
Firm raises over £3,000 for local charities in 2013
Staff at Barcan Woodward have raised over £3,000 for two local good causes as part of last year’s fundraising activity. During 2013 we were proud to support two Bristol-based charities – One25, who help and support street sex-working women,... [read more...
Firm’s charity & community work recognised by award
We’re pleased to announce that Barcan Woodward has won the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Firm of the Year award at this year’s Bristol Law Society’s annual awards dinner. We were also shortlisted for the President's Outstanding Contribution... [read more...
Top tier ranking for medical negligence team
We’re delighted to announce that our medical negligence and personal injury departments have been highly recommended by Legal 500, an independent guide to the UK’s legal services. We are one of only four firms in the South West to receive a top... [read more...
Team BW takes to the road & water for charity!
Members of the Barcan Woodward team have taken part in a number of fundraising events during September, including the Bristol half marathon and the annual dragon boat racing. We’ve now raised more than £1,200 during 2013 for two local charities –... [read more...
Firm’s team limbering up for half marathon challenge
Six dedicated runners from Barcan Woodward will be taking part in the Bristol and Cardiff half marathons to raise funds for Bristol charities One25 and the Julian Trust. The team, comprising Katherine Moyse, Fiona Dabell, James Parsonage (all pictured... [read more...
Top ranking for firm in 2014 Chambers UK guide
We’re delighted to announce that our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been highly ranked as leading departments by Chambers UK 2014, a leading independent guide to the legal profession. We’ve successfully retained our Band 1... [read more...
Jay Nathwani joins clinical negligence team
We’re pleased to announce that Jayshree Nathwani has joined the firm in the role of Associate. Jay joins the medical negligence team from Exeter based Parlett Kent, where she was appointed as Partner in 2005.... [read more...
Firm launches independent family mediation service
We’re pleased to announce the launch of Barcan Woodward Family Mediation – an independent practice that will enable us to provide family mediation services from each of our four Bristol offices.... [read more...
Claire Hurrell joins clinical negligence team
We’re pleased to announce that Claire Hurrell has joined the firm in the role of assistant solicitor. Claire joins the clinical and medical negligence team from Exeter-based Parlett Kent.... [read more...
Firm appoints Tom Powles as Partner
We're pleased to announce that Tom Powles of the family law team has been promoted to Partner.... [read more...
Firm provides free legal advice to community initiative
As a regional firm, the community within which we operate is integral to the way in which we do business. So we’re pleased to announce that we’re supporting Bedminster’s BID (Business Improvement District) proposal by providing them with legal... [read more...
Firm achieves 98% client satisfaction rating in 2012
Throughout 2012, we received 96 completed feedback forms and we’re delighted with what you’ve told us. As well as achieving an overall client satisfaction rating of 98% (for which you were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘fairly satisfied’), you told us... [read more...
Firm announces 2013 charities of the year
We’re proud to announce that we’re supporting One25 and The Julian Trust Night Shelter as our 2013 charities of the year. As the only organisation in Bristol to support street sex-working women, One25 helps around 300 vulnerable individuals per... [read more...
A “top-notch Bristol firm” – Chambers UK 2013
Barcan Woodward’s clinical negligence team has been highly ranked as a leading department by Chamber UK 2013, an independent guide to the UK legal profession. We are also the only firm in Bristol and the surrounding area to receive a band 1 ranking... [read more...
Firm highly ranked by Chambers UK 2013
We're delighted to announce that Chambers UK 2013, an independent guide to the UK legal profession, has ranked the firm highly in two specialist practice areas. We are also pleased to confirm that 3 of our Partners have been recommended as... [read more...
Case study: getting the most out of technology
Justine Tipling, Barcan Woodward's Systems Manager, talks to SOS Connect about how we're maximising our use of technology to improve the legal services we offer our clients.... [read more...
Firm makes new Associate Solicitor appointments
Barcan+Kirby is delighted to announce a number of senior internal appointments to Associate status. Myfanwy Buckeridge and Adrian Stone have been promoted from Senior Solicitor to Associate Solicitor, with both now taking a more active role... [read more...
Charity cycle for firm’s partner
On Saturday 8th September, Richard Barcan will be taking to his bike saddle and setting off on this year’s Deloitte Ride Across Britain challenge in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity through The Sam Keen Foundation. This gruelling trek will see... [read more...
What do we have in common with Bradley Wiggins?
Aside from the initials ‘BW’, your first response will probably be a resounding “nothing”. On the surface, you’re not wrong. For as the first ever British winner of Le Tour, Wiggins’ victory is, according to Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris... [read more...
Charity cycle for the SKF
As we announced in March, we are proud to be supporting the Royal Marsden Hospital as our 2012 charity of the year. Our choice of charity was motivated by the death of Sam Keen, Richard Barcan’s nephew. Sam died in November 2011 from malignant... [read more...