Bristows is a London-based law firm, well-known for its IP practice and roots going back as far as 1837, when the firm was first established. Today, the firm employs around 270 people and though based in a single office in London, at least 80% of its revenues come from international clients, many of whom are in the Life Sciences and Technology, Media and Telecoms sectors.
1. Who are they?
Bristows is a London-based law firm, well-known for its IP practice and roots going back as far as 1837, when the firm was first established. Today, the firm employs around 270 people and though based in a single office in London, at least 80% of its revenues come from international clients, though the firm also has a significant base of domestic clients.
Bristows focuses on working with clients in a variety of innovative sectors such as life sciences and TMT. Whatever practice area a trainee is based in, be it IP litigation, Corporate, real estate or competition, they will be working with clients from these sectors.
Bristows recruits trainees from all degree backgrounds, but due to the technical nature of the work at firm, a training contract here can be an exciting alternative career for students with a scientific background.
2. What's involved?
The firm inducts ten trainees on an annual basis. Trainees are guaranteed a six-month seat in the IP litigation department, with other seats being allocated in each of the firm’s core practice areas. These may include seats in commercial IP, real estate, competition, employment, commercial 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.
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 the two days, attendees take part in case studies, receive presentations from all core departments, and have the opportunity to get involved in a range of social events to enable them to get a real sense of the firm and find 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.
AllAboutLaw Awards 2017
Training Contract Score: 83.7%
Vacation Scheme Score: 83.8%
Finalist - Best Training - Vacation Scheme
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 22 November 2017 for the Winter Workshop, and by 31 January 2018 for workshops in spring and summer 2018.