Bristows LLP Bristows LLP

  • City Law Firms
  • London

Training Contract

  • Places: 10

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 36

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 270




Bristows is a full-service law firm associated with innovative clients, with roots going back as far as 1837, when it was first established in London. The firm opened its first European office in Brussels in 2018 and employs around 270 people. Representing clients with signi cant IP and technology assets, the firm sees 80% of its revenues coming from businesses in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Training Contract

The firm inducts 10 trainees on an annual basis. Trainees are guaranteed a six-month seat in the Patent Litigation department, with other seats being allocated in each of the firm’s core practice areas. These may include seats in commercial IP; brands, designs and copyright; real estate; competition; employment; commercial and technology disputes; regulatory and corporate. In each seat, the trainee solicitor sits with a partner who allocates work and monitors performance. Trainees can also expect client secondments for a period of three months.

Vacation Scheme

The firm runs a number of two-day workshops throughout the year 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. Over two days, attendees take part in case studies, receive presentations from core departments, and have the opportunity to get involved in a range of social events to enable them to nd out first- hand what life is like as a lawyer at Bristows.


Bristows do not offer an apprenticeship scheme.

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. Trainees receive a salary of £38,000 and £41,000 during the two years of the training contract and £60,000 on qualification.

The benefits package includes season ticket loans; 23 days of annual vacation; pension scheme; private health insurance; and discounts on several retail goods.


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 is 31 July for those who wish to attend the interviews in August and September, and 31 January for interviews in February and March.

Workshop applications should be submitted by 18 November 2019 for the winter Workshop, and by 31 January 2020 for workshops in spring and summer 2020. 

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