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Bristows LLP

  • 10 vacancies
  • 20 trainees
  • 43 partners
  • 280 staff

About Bristows LLP

We are Bristows, the world’s leading specialist law firm for clients that innovate. We help clients grow in life sciences, technology and other dynamic sectors.

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More info

Candidates should apply online via our website from 1 September 2020 for all vacancies. Successful applicants will then be invited to undertake a short video interview.

Training contract applicants, if successful at video interview, will then be invited for further interviews and assessment exercises.

Applications to

Charlotte Erskine

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Partner interview
  • Video interview
  • Written exercise

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
  • Brands
  • Designs & copyright
  • Regulatory
  • Competition
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Technology & copyright disputes
  • Employment
  • Real estate
  • Commercial IP/IT
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

100 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DH
Phone: 020 7400 8000
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 96
Minimum qualification: 2.1 preferred
Start salary: £39,500
Turnover: £32,900,000 (2012)
Profit per partner: £406,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 1,900 (2013)
Retention rate: 100% (2020)
Partner diversity:
  • 77.0% male (2020)
  • 23.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 49.0% male (2020)
  • 51.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Consultancies
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • London
  • Brussels
  • A4ID
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Educating Matters
  • InterLaw Diversity Forum
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall