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Bristows is a long established firm committed to excellence. With the continuing recruitment of lawyers and scientists of the highest quality, Bristows aims to stay at the forefront of firms advising businesses in sectors including pharmaceuticals, media and telecommunications, electronics and IT, real estate, consumer goods, learned institutions and charities, and financial institutions. The firm is a market leader in many of these sectors and acts for numerous FTSE 100, Fortune 500 and other multinational companies. Bristows has earned an enviable international reputation and developed one of the largest intellectual property law practices in Europe; yet remains an approachable firm, dedicated to serving new entrants as well as established companies, across a full range of legal disciplines.
The firm has a substantial number of lawyers who first trained as scientists and who are readily able to understand sophisticated technology. This factor sets it apart from its competitors and has generated unparalleled expertise in litigation and corporate/commercial transactions in which intellectual property or an understanding of technology plays a significant part. The firm's expertise in dispute resolution extends to commercial conflicts of all kinds.
Many Bristows lawyers are experienced in corporate and commercial law and in all forms of transaction from IPOs, take-overs and mergers to private equity financings, outsourcing, joint ventures and university technology spin-offs. Bristows has highly regarded practices in all the main commercial law disciplines. These include competition, healthcare regulatory, employment, data protection, real estate and real estate finance, publishing, media, advertising and marketing, tax, computer games, charities, and partnership.
As a cohesive firm, Bristows' lawyers are accustomed to working with each other in teams to handle matters demanding a range of legal skills. Cross-border work is an increasingly important aspect, particularly in light of the gradual harmonization of intellectual property across the EU. Bristows works closely with leading independent firms in other European jurisdictions and around the globe to provide an integrated international service to clients when required.
To find out what it is like to work at Bristows LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
We run a number of IP workshops in the winter and spring for undergraduates and graduates to find out more about the opportunities in intellectual property law at Bristows. For more information, keep an eye on the events posted online.
We will have opportunities specific to scientists and engineers who would like to explore a legal career and for first-year undergraduates.
Trainees undertake a mixture of three- and six-month seats including a guaranteed seat in patent litigation. Other seats trainees may chose from are in our core areas of corporate, commercial IP/IT, brands, real estate, regulatory, employment, commercial disputes, and competition.
We currently expect the 2024 trainee cohort to be the first at the firm to undertake the SQE route to qualification. Further information regarding the firm's transition to the SQE will be available from September 2021.
For future trainee solicitors we pay for their GDL and LPC fees as well as provide a maintenance grant of £8,000 for each course.
- Patent litigation
- Designs & copyright
- Technology & copyright disputes
- Real estate
- Commercial IP/IT
- Corporate & Commercial
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
|Profit per partner:||£406,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||1,900 (2013)|
|Retention rate:||100% (2020)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
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