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Graduate Talent Team
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
- Video interview
- Written exercise
We are a European headquartered hub for litigation, transactions and advice throughout the world. We help clients grow in life sciences, technology and other dynamic sectors. We provide advice on all their legal matters and are proud to be different.
We focus on dynamic, IP-rich sectors and have the expertise to solve a broad range of litigation, transactional, and advisory challenges. We have a true cross-disciplinary practice encompassing our renowned IP, competition, regulatory, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, IT and data protection teams. The strength of each individual practice complements the others to provide a fully integrated and comprehensive service.
The firm runs a number of workshops which offer attendees the chance to find out more about Bristows. These are a great opportunity to assess whether both a legal career, and the firm itself, are the right fit for the individual. Throughout the one-day workshops attendees will take part in a case study and hear about the firm’s core departments, in addition to meeting a range people from across the firm.
The 2021-22 workshops are as follows:
IP workshop for scientists and engineers (TC Fast-track) - 4 November 2021 (deadline to apply: 17 October 2021)
IP workshops - 16 November or 24 November 2021 (deadline to apply: 31 October 2021)
IP workshop for scientists and engineers - 8 December 2021 (deadline to apply: 14 November 2021)
IP workshop for first-year undergrads - 16 June 2022 (deadline to apply: 31 May 2022)
The firm recruits up to 10 trainees per year. The training contract includes rotations around the firm’s core practice areas, including a guaranteed six-month seat in patent litigation. Other practice areas include commercial IP/IT and data protection; brands, designs and copyright; real estate; corporate, tax and employment; competition; commercial and technology disputes; and regulatory.
All seats are supervised by a partner and trainees work in lean teams with associates, senior associates and partners on each of their matters.
We also offer the opportunity to go on a three-month client secondment with the in-house legal team of a key client. This offers the opportunity to see the client relationship from an in-house perspective.
The 2024 cohort will be the first trainee group to undertake the SQE route to qualification. However if you have already started the GDL or LPC to qualify outside of the SQE programme, we will still proceed with the old route to qualification.
Further information regarding the firm's transition to the SQE will be available from January 2022.
We are really proud of our long-standing positive attitude, commitment and approach towards inclusion and diversity at Bristows. We were the first city firm to appoint a female joint managing partner (well over 20 years ago now) and the third woman to hold this position is currently in post. We work hard to maintain a culture where lawyers from all backgrounds and underrepresented groups thrive and succeed.
As a firm and as individuals we do all we can to treat people fairly and with mutual respect, whether they are colleagues, clients or suppliers. This commitment enriches our work and our working lives, and we absolutely believe it has played a key part in our success over the years.
The firm's inclusion group, led by two partners, has a diverse membership from all areas of the firm and works collaboratively to raise awareness of D&I topics throughout the year to ensure staff have the opportunity to engage and learn about the experiences of people different from themselves.
In addition to this, Bristows partners with organisations including Aspiring Solicitors, IP Inclusive and the Social Mobility Foundation to work towards increased access to the legal profession for underrepresented communities.
For future trainee solicitors we pay for their PGDL and LPC fees as well as provide a maintenance grant of £8,000 for each course.
- Patent litigation
- Brands designs & copyright
- Commercial IP IT & data protection
- Commercial & technology disputes
- Corporate tax & employment
- Real estate
- 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:||90% (2021)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Educating Matters
- InterLaw Diversity Forum
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Working Families