Bristows LLP Bristows LLP

  • City Law Firms
  • London

Training Contract

  • Places: 10

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 36

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 270




We are Bristows, the world’s leading specialist law firm for clients that innovate. 

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.

Training Contract

The firm recruits up to 10 trainees per year.  The training contract includes rotations around the firm’s core practice areas, including a guaranteed 6-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.

Vacation Scheme

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 workshop 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.


Bristows do not offer a legal apprenticeship.

Salary & Benefits

The firm pays course fees for the GDL and LPC and provides a maintenance allowance of £8,000 for each year of study. Trainee salaries start at £39,500 and are currently £66,000 on qualification. 

The benefits package includes season ticket loans; 25 days of annual leave; pension scheme; private health insurance; dental plan; and cycle to work scheme.


The minimum requirement for training contact applications is for a 2:1 degree in any discipline, but given the rigours of an IP practice, outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements are the norm, rather than an exception.

We place great importance on having a diverse and inclusive workforce and the firm welcomes applications from all disciplines, with the current trainees having degrees ranging from History and Politics, to Physics and Biochemistry.  However due to the sectors our clients work in, a significant percentage of employees come from backgrounds where they’ve earned degrees in science, technology and other technical disciplines.

Whatever a candidate's background, the firm assess each application on individual merit and intellectual and commercial acumen, excellent communication skills, attention to detail and enthusiasm for hard work, and analytical and creative thinking; team spirit and a passion for challenges and success are prized qualities.


Application forms for training contracts and vacation schemes are accessible at apply4law/bristows; the deadline for training contracts (commencing in 2023) is 10 January 2021.  Interviews will be held from February 2021.

Workshop applications for the winter will close on 1 November 2020 and workshops applications for the first-year workshop in the spring will close on 28 February 2021.

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