Bristol law firm Temple Bright appoints sixth partner

Ftsbmast-growing Bristol law firm Temple Bright has appointed its sixth partner, doubling its size in less than a year since it was launched.

Becky Smithson, who previously worked for national firm Eversheds and Bristol practice Veale Wasbrough, specialises in property litigation, advising commercial landlords, tenants and property owners on disputes of all kinds.

Ms Smithson said: “For a solicitor wishing to do top quality work, Temple Bright is an obvious choice. The firm is set up to encourage its lawyers to focus on advising clients in the most effective way and with minimal distractions.”

Temple Bright partner and founder Tim Summers said: “We are delighted to welcome Becky, another expert practitioner with a background in leading large commercial firms. She adds strength in a specialist practice area which is often in demand from the commercial clients we advise – especially in the present economic climate.”

Temple Bright, which started in March last year, provides what it calls City-quality corporate, commercial, property, litigation and employment advice to growing businesses.

The firm uses an innovative partner-only structure, and web-based technology to increase efficiency and reduce costs wherever possible. The partners take their inspiration from cutting-edge US firms.

Mr Summers added: “Temple Bright has grown rapidly and has been well received by the market.

“We regard this as a strong endorsement of our streamlined, common sense business model and of the benefits it offers for clients and lawyers alike.”

This article appeared on the Bristol 24/7 website on 1 February 2011.