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Hear from our current trainees about life at Bristows and the training contract, as well as their top tips for success in the application process and beyond.



30 Apr 2019

Helena Connors

Competition Law at Bristows

Competition law is an exciting and intellectually stimulating practice area, operating at the intersection of law, economics and public policy. Competition lawyers advise on a...

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12 Apr 2019

Sam Harvey

Thinking Analytically

With other posts on the Bristows graduate blog having provided such a comprehensive overview of the many facets of the firm, I decided to jot...

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26 Mar 2019

Jamie Cox

Top Tips on Moving to a New Seat

At Bristows seats are either 3 or 6 months long which means you get to see a great cross section of the firm over the...

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18 Jan 2019

Selina Badiani

Trainee Secondments

If you are just starting out in your legal career, or are simply finding out more about becoming a solicitor, you have probably heard a...

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19 Dec 2018

James Batsford

Top Tips for your Interview

You have completed the written application form and passed your video interview – great news! Now you have been invited to face-to-face interviews. Going to...

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26 Nov 2018

Jonathon Ross

Regulatory Work at Bristows

Mention to most people that you’re a regulatory lawyer working in London and they’ll think banking and (perhaps) start talking about MiFID II.  However, it...

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07 Nov 2018

Christopher Stubbs

From STEM Graduate to Trainee Solicitor

Many of Bristows’ solicitors have made the transition from STEM graduate to trainee solicitor. Such a dramatic career change has clearly worked for trainees in...

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24 Oct 2018

Harry Taylor

A Corporate Seat at Bristows

Building on Robert Vile’s blog of January this year, this blog aims to give potential applicants and future trainees a better idea of the role...

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17 Oct 2018

Sukanya Majumdar

Top tips for the start of your TC

When I finally arrived at my new desk for the first day of my first seat, around 2 and a half years after initially applying,...

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01 Oct 2018

Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto

How to Excel in the First Seat of Your Training Contract

“There’s no secret to success in this world. The key is graft.” – Sir Alex Ferguson4th September 2018 marked not only Beyoncé’s 37th birthday but...

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08 Aug 2018

Sivaloganathan Kumaran

The Science/Engineering Open Day: 3 Reasons Why You Should Attend

The Science and Engineering Open Day at Bristows is a unique chance to gain a snapshot into how a technical background can be utilised in...

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09 Jul 2018

Jake Palmer

Why I chose law (and why I’m glad I did)

It’s one of the 3 original ‘professions’, so people have been choosing law for a very long time. Indeed, there are many reasons to choose...

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29 May 2018

Jack Hostick

The Value of a Bristows Workshop

When I applied to the Winter Workshop at Bristows, I had no real idea what the job entailed. Armed with my love for science, a...

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16 May 2018

Selina Badiani


Bristows trainees come from a variety of academic backgrounds, including science, engineering and humanities, as well as law. For those of us who haven’t studied...

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09 May 2018

Freya Hadrill

Training at Bristows

In this month’s blog, Freya Hadrill discusses some of the training sessions on offer at the firm.As a trainee there are the usual legal training...

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24 Apr 2018

Charles Purdie


Bristows is well known for being one of the friendliest firms in the City; this reputation doesn’t just stem from how well everyone gets on...

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24 Apr 2018

Helena Connors

Corporate Social Responsibility at Bristows

I’ve always been interested in fundraising and volunteering, and so when I was looking for a law firm to apply to, I always looked at...

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29 Mar 2018

Nicholas Michelmore

Sport at Bristows

In this blog I summarise some of the opportunities for a Bristows trainee to get a sweat on outside the bundle room.Football.Currently unbeaten this season,...

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14 Feb 2018

Emma Irwin

Life in IP Litigation

This month our Trainee Blog delves into the life of trainees in Bristows’ largest department, IP Litigation. Before two of our second year trainees share...

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26 Jan 2018

Robert Vile

Transactional Seats

Both of my first seats at Bristows have been in transactional departments, as I spent my first three months in the Commercial IP/IT team, and...

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12 Jan 2018

Erik Müürsepp

Making the most of law fairs and graduate recruitment events

Law firms go through a lot of effort to attend fairs at universities and put on their own events to attract the brightest students and...

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18 Dec 2017

Katy Gibson


Client secondments offer trainees the chance to understand the ins-and-outs of a particular client and to test their skills as they become another member of...

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06 Dec 2017

Jonathon Ross

From PhD to Trainee Solicitor

Despite the impression given on some websites, the overwhelming majority of trainees at Bristows do not have PhDs and half do not have a scientific...

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07 Nov 2017

Sara Sefton


It sounds extremely scary. But as a trainee, it is one of the most interesting and exciting experiences you can be lucky enough to have....

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01 Nov 2017

Harry Taylor

Commercial IP and IT at Bristows

In this month’s blog article, first-year trainee Harry demystifies the work carried out by our Commercial IP/IT team.The Commercial IP/IT department at Bristows currently comprises...

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18 Oct 2017

Joseph Sako

Culture – what does it matter?

I had thought about pursuing a legal career for quite some time before beginning the training contract hunting process. Having studied History and Politics (further...

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05 Oct 2017

Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto

Unlocking success on the Legal Practice Course

Now that the autumn legal practice courses (LPC) have begun, trainee Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto shares some of her top tips for success.‘The key is to have...

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26 Sep 2017

Kate O’Sullivan

Application advice

As autumn rolls around again, so too does the training contract application season – which invariably means applications forms. I don’t think any trainee could...

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26 Sep 2017

Alexander Calver

An English Grad in the Legal/Science Space

Having studied English, law was always in my mind as a good route to go down. Along with many other humanities students, I attended various...

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