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Over the years, Bristows has developed long-standing relationships with a wide variety of leading clients from across a number of business sectors. Our clients - from global corporations to fast-growing start-ups - come to us for pragmatic and clear-cut advice on the issues that are critical to their organisations.

Life sciences

Bristows is one of Europe's premier law firms practising in this dynamic sector. We advise multinational pharmaceutical giants, biotech companies, universities and technology start-ups on the full spectrum of legal issues. Our work often relates to cutting-edge technology and new products and involves matters as diverse as patent litigation, licensing, collaborations, mergers and acquisitions and navigation of the complex regulatory maze.

Technology, media & telecommunications

We are one of the UKs leading law firms in the TMT sector. Many leading TMT companies - from mobile phone operators to television companies - choose Bristows because we have a real understanding of the challenges facing their industry. We advise them on issues ranging from major outsourcing projects and brand protection through to corporate mergers, tax and major disputes.

Consumer products

Our consumer products clients include household names from the worlds of food and drink, personal care, household goods, consumer electronics and fashion. We advise them on everything from developing new products and protecting their designs through to licensing and marketing them and expanding their businesses through mergers and acquisitions.

Industrial markets

Bristows has decades of experience of working with leading players from the automotive, aerospace and defence, chemicals, energy and construction sectors. We advise these clients on everything from complex commercial disputes to mergers and acquisitions.

Charities &

We have been working with clients in this sector for more than 100 years and are recognised as one of the leading UK firms in this field. As well as advising charities on the legal issues relating to their charitable status, we are also able to help with all their corporate, commercial and litigious affairs. This breadth of advice draws on the skills of lawyers throughout Bristows, including our corporate, tax, dispute resolution, IP, IT and employment teams.

Real estate

Our real estate team works with all kinds of organisations, whether multinational companies, pension funds, charities or retailers, in their capacity as property investors, developers or occupiers. They come to us for advice on issues as diverse as buying or selling a property, setting up financing for a joint venture or representing them in a property-related dispute.

Financial services

Our lawyers work with both financial institutions and their customers on FSA-related regulatory enforcement issues. These include the promotion of financial products, investment schemes, market abuse and the 'fit and proper' status of FSA approved persons. As well as this core financial services regulatory advice, we also help our financial services clients by drawing on the expertise of other Bristows' teams in areas such as corporate, tax,data protection, outsourcing and procurement, and IP right.

Public Sector

We work with both public sector bodies and suppliers to the public sector, advising on a variety of legal and commercial issues. A core area of expertise for our lawyers is advising public sector organisations on structuring their contracts and their procedures to be compliant with the additional legal requirements that exist in the sector.We recognise that working in the public sector involves providing commercial and practical advice in a sensitive context and this informs the advice we provide on areas including standard documentation, contracting procedures and public procurement law.