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If you really want to know what a firm's like, the best way is to speak to the people who work there. In this section, you'll read why our trainees chose Bristows and how they're finding life at the firm.

"...Bristows was the obvious choice..."

  • Jack Hostick
  • Jake Palmer
  • Selina Badiani
  • Helena Connors
  • Freya Hadrill
  • Sivaloganathan Kumaran
  • Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto
  • Jonathon Ross
  • Harry Taylor
  • Emily Atkinson
  • Robert Vile
  • James Batsford
  • Jamie Cox
  • Sophie French
  • Sam Harvey
  • Janna Lawrence
  • Florence Plisner
  • Sukanya Majumdar
  • Kathryn Hambly
  • Christopher Stubbs
  • Jack Hostick

    Jack Hostick

    MChem Chemistry, University of Oxford

    Having thoroughly enjoyed the side of my degree that involved continuously getting to grips with new areas of science, I soon realized that conducting the research in a lab environment wasn’t quite for me. A career in intellectual property was suggested to me while in my final year of university, in order to scratch my itch of wanting to be engaged with cutting-edge science, but also develop new skills and appreciate how science can be developed in a business context. From there it’s hard to look further than Bristows, as one of the best IP specialist law firms about.

    I attended the Winter Workshop and was not disappointed by the work on offer and the fascinating clients the firm acts for. The seat rotations were another huge attraction, as although the IP side initially alerted me to Bristows, the chance to explore new areas of law and maybe find my calling in an area that I least expected was an exciting one.

    From then on I knew I had to apply. The interview process was challenging, thought-provoking and a lot of fun, as you can see the Partners are really interested in you as a person and are looking for the future leaders of the firm.

    Having started here, I can confirm that Bristows’ legendary friendly environment is certainly not a myth, as everybody makes a genuine effort to get to know you and make you feel like a valued member of the team and I look forward to the rest of my training here!

    Articles by Jack Hostick:

    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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  • Jake Palmer

    Jake Palmer

    BSc Management, University of Warwick

    It was only after taking a law module at university that I began to seriously consider a career in law. After researching the profession, it became clear that I would not be leaving the world of business behind; instead, I would get the opportunity to work with interesting businesses from many sectors.

    Narrowing down the number of law firms in a logical way can seem a daunting task. For me it came down to three main considerations: practice areas and sectors; firm culture; and reputation - particularly in relation to training. This approach led me to Bristows.

    Firstly, IP and TMT necessarily means you are working in ground-breaking areas both in the law and technology; while Bristows’ innovative and well-known clients provide exciting and varied work.

    Secondly, Bristows has a reputation for providing a friendly and supportive working environment. This has been evident from the interview process right through to induction and starting work; people have genuinely wanted to get to know me and support my development.

    Finally, as a leader in IP you really do get to work with some of the best lawyers in the country. This, combined with the firm’s interest in your training, provides an excellent start to your legal career.

    Articles by Jake Palmer:

    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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  • Selina Badiani

    Selina Badiani

    MChem Chemistry, University of Oxford

    I chose Bristows as I have always been interested in patents, particularly relating to drugs as my favourite module of my degree was Pharmacology. I began looking into firms that had practice areas in IP and Bristows’ excellent reputation in both IP litigation and the life sciences sector seemed perfect. I was also looking for a law firm that was collaborative rather than competitive. I experienced the friendliness of the firm first-hand at the Winter Workshop and this is still the case in my first weeks of working at Bristows. The small trainee intake contributes to this supportive environment as there are so many partners, associates and support staff on hand to answer all your questions, no matter how ridiculous they are! I also love how diverse the firm is – there are people from all academic backgrounds, not just science, which makes things really interesting.

    Even before our training contract began, I felt like I knew a lot of people in the firm as we had attended social events through our GDL and LPC years. Our intake has also become a really close group of friends which is great whenever anyone has a problem – the other trainees are always so quick to offer help! In my first few weeks, I have been in the Real Estate team where I have already been given a lot of responsibility and learnt a lot. I have also had the chance to learn about other practice areas and some of the amazing high-profile clients we work for. I have been made to feel so welcome and I feel very lucky to have a training contract in such a friendly, diverse and cutting-edge firm.

    Articles by Selina Badiani:

    16 May 2018

    Selina Badiani

    WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE GDL

    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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  • Helena Connors

    Helena Connors

    BA Biological Sciences, University of Oxford

    I have always been fascinated by the fast-paced nature of the science and technology sectors, but whilst studying Biology at university I realised that pursuing a career in research would mean narrowing down my interests to one particular field. After researching other careers, I found that intellectual property law best combined my interest in science with varied and dynamic commercial work. I soon became aware that Bristows is a top-tier IP firm with star-quality clients, so I applied for a training contract. The application process was very straightforward, with everyone involved going the extra mile to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

    Working at Bristows, every day is different and exciting. Everyone is really friendly and keen for you to get involved straightaway. Before starting your training contract you are invited to firm-wide events, so that you can get to know your future colleagues before you start. The other trainees even organised drinks with us, so that we had people we knew to welcome us in on our first day. It is now two weeks into my training contract, and I have already attended meetings with expert witnesses, undertaken legal research and attended a talk on the firm’s work in the Life Sciences sector. I’m looking forward to see what the rest of my training contract will bring.

    Articles by Helena Connors:

    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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  • Freya Hadrill

    Freya Hadrill

    MSt US History, University of Oxford

    As a recent post-graduate with little professional work experience and uncertain exactly where I was headed career wise, I knew simply that I wanted to be challenged intellectually whilst moving away from the sometimes isolating experience of academic research. In considering my options, my mind kept coming back to a talk at university, which used Twitter as lens through which to explore the schism between rapidly advancing technology and the law, and I realised that I might be interested in a career engaging with some of the legal and practical issues faced by dynamic and innovative businesses.

    Bristows – at the cutting edge in terms of its work in the life sciences and technology sectors – offered an excellent opportunity to explore this path at the highest level. As a globally recognised intellectual property firm, it works with some of the most exciting and dynamic clients, harbours professionals with extraordinary expertise and handles work of the highest calibre. Equally as important, however, was the fact that Bristows is a full-services firm, which is committed to offering a flexible and well-rounded training experience. As someone who doesn’t yet have fully concrete ideas as to which practice area I would like to qualify into, it provides the chance to try a range of contentious and transactional seats. The midrange size of the firm has also meant that there has been a chance to get to know the teams and get involved constructively in the work from the start. 

    Crucially, Bristows not only offers the chance to engage constructively with work of this nature and quality, but the opportunity to do so in a collaborative, supportive and social environment. It has always been clear that at Bristows who we are matters as much as what we can do – a refreshing change from the approach of most City law firms. My interaction with the firm from the very beginning – including a speed networking event during the Winter Workshop – has confirmed that the friendly and approachable ethos of the firm is not overstated. All the way through studying for the GDL and LPC, the firm has maintained contact with the future trainees, from wishing us good luck in exams to involving us in social events, such as welcome drinks and the annual dinner dance. Now my intake of trainees are at the firm, Bristows remains committed to developing and supporting us, offering a range of breakfast and lunchtime social events and seminars. 

    The interview process really typifies the unusual blend Bristows offers: a balance between a dedication to excellence and hard work and a recognition of the individual and the importance of well-being. The interview was challenging, but the thing that I found most remarkable was the interest of the interviewers in me as a person.

    Articles by Freya Hadrill:

    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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  • Sivaloganathan Kumaran

    Sivaloganathan Kumaran

    MEng General Engineering (Electronics), University of Durham

    In many ways Bristows was the natural choice: for its sector expertise, quality of training and people-driven focus.

    Coming from an Engineering background, I wanted to apply the problem solving and team oriented aspects of my degree to new challenges. I wanted a career where I would be chasing the clock and not counting down the hours.

    From attending the Engineering and Science Open Day in 2015, I was convinced Bristows would provide this. To me, the firm's approach in applying scientific understanding to finding creative legal solutions made it unparalleled. Bristows attracts industry leading clients through its award winning TMT and Life Sciences sectors and this provides you with a range of opportunities to work at the cutting edge.

    Maintaining high standards alongside a reputable work-life balance was definitely a stand out quality. Throughout the application process, law school, and now the start of my Training Contract I have been impressed with how welcoming and dedicated everyone has been to my development. Due to Bristows' relatively small intake, there is a real sense of camaraderie and responsibility from an early stage. I am excited for what my Training Contract has to offer among such a bright and diverse group.

    Articles by Sivaloganathan Kumaran:

    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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  • Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto

    Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto

    LLB Law, University of Exeter

    I was in my third year of undergraduate study when I chose Intellectual Property as one of my electives. I wanted to gain both a legal and commercial insight into copyright, trade marks and patents. Whilst reading The Lawyer for possible topics to analyse for a blog on trade marks as part of my coursework, I came across the ruling of Thomas Pink v Victoria's Secret UK Limited. I was captivated by the arguments put forward by counsel representing the claimant who were instructed by (drum roll please) ... Bristows LLP! After reading the judgment in full, the penny dropped and I realised that my motivation to practice commercial law was in my fascination with TMT particularly in the remit of brands. I am interested in how brands are created, protected and developed so as to compete effectively in the overcrowded, fast paced and dynamic market.

    I am very fortunate that my first seat which is selected by the firm is in the Brands department which would have been my top choice seat selection. Bristows is a market leader in the TMT sector which was a compelling reason for me to apply, undertake the video interview twice because of clashes with vacation schemes and accept my training contact offer at a highly regarded, ambitious and collaborative law firm that is working at the forefront of innovation and embracing the challenges and opportunities presented by the shifting sands of the digital landscape. It is a very exciting time to be a Bristows trainee and the perfect place for me to embark on my legal career in a hardworking, supportive and collegiate environment.

    Articles by Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto:

    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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    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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  • Jonathon Ross

    ​Jonathan Ross

    PhD Chemistry, University of Oxford

    I immensely enjoyed my PhD but after four years exploring the narrowest of niches in organic chemistry I wanted to expand my focus, and a legal career with an IP slant seemed the ideal way to do this. Bristows, sitting in the top tier for IP firms, was the natural place to look. I participated in the firm’s workshop, a fantastic introduction to the firm’s practice areas, exciting work and welcoming individuals. The two days made applying for a training contract a simple choice.

    The application process had a personal touch to it absent from the box-ticking exercises common to so many others and this ethos is evident across the firm, and in each department and individual office. Since arriving the quality and varied nature of the work has made it clear a career at Bristows was absolutely the right choice.

    Articles by Jonathon Ross:

    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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    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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  • Harry Taylor

    Harry Taylor

    BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

    Having studied Natural Sciences at university and decided that a career as a scientist was not for me, I chose Bristows because of its reputation for excellence in intellectual property, technology and life sciences law. The Winter Workshop, which I attended in my final year at university, was thoroughly enjoyable and helped me to make that choice.

    The opportunity presented by Bristows’ Training Contract to sit in five or six departments and to spend three months on a client secondment appealed to me a great deal. My first seat has been in the Commercial Intellectual Property & Information Technology team. In my first week in the team, I was pleased to experience a real variety of interesting work, including work on cancer immunotherapies, artificial intelligence, e-payments in foreign jurisdictions, copyright licensing, EU-wide data protection compliance and a research and development agreement between a well-known UK laboratory and a biotechnology company. Working for high-profile clients on challenging matters has been satisfying and exciting. In addition, I have found that the praise Bristows receives for its culture is well-deserved. The firm’s friendly and supportive ethos is underpinned by not having billable hours targets, and the trainee recruitment process is straightforward, focusing on evaluation of candidates as individuals.

    I am very pleased to have joined Bristows as a trainee, and I would whole-heartedly recommend the firm to all potential applicants.

    Articles by Harry Taylor:

    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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    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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  • Emily Atkinson

    Emily Atkinson

    LLB Law, University of Leeds

    In my training contract search, something that was very important to me was that I found a firm where I would enjoy going to work every day (or as much as possible on a Monday morning)! From the extremely friendly receptionist I met at my first interview to the managing partners who took time out of their day to come and speak to us in our induction week, my experience has been that Bristows’ image as a happy and supportive place to work is the reality.

    The huge effort that the firm makes before you start your training contract meant that I got to meet others from my intake at an early stage, which was so helpful when starting the LPC and eventually beginning my training contract. The close relationships that we formed in the years following receipt of our offers has meant that we’ve been able to support one another during our studies and in our first few weeks at the firm (and also provided some of us with travel buddies for the summer before starting work).

    Bristows’ reputation in the Life Sciences and Technology sectors means that industry leading clients often turn to the firm for advice in its specialist areas. Pretty much all City law firms will have high-calibre clients and complex intellectually stimulating work, but few others offer the opportunity to be involved in such work alongside offering the culture and responsibility that comes with working in a smaller firm like Bristows.

    Read the latest from our Graduate Blog:

    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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  • Robert Vile

    Robert Vile

    BA English, University of Exeter

    From the outside looking in, Bristows might seem like a slightly intimidating place to work. Yes, it has a reputation as being the ‘friendliest firm in the city’, but as an arts student, reading about Bristows’ host of lawyers with unparalleled scientific expertise, it’s easy to feel that you might not fit in. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. The firm prides itself not only on being friendly, but also on having a diverse and inclusive ethos, and this was evident from the two-day workshop I did, right through the application process and into my time as a trainee.

    I have been equally impressed by the work the firm does, and I’ve already been involved in deals concerning some of the firm’s biggest clients. There are a number of big-ticket companies and household names who trust Bristows with their work, and a few of these sector-leaders even offer secondments for trainees. Having spoken to the second year trainees, a secondment sounds like a great opportunity to see how things work from a different point of view.

    Trainees are expected to get stuck in with work from day one, and even having been at the firm a short time, I already feel like a valued member of the team. So far, Bristows has been everything that I had expected and more. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the firm to any aspiring lawyer with an interest in intellectual property.

    Articles by Robert Vile:

    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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  • James Batsford

    James Batsford

    BA History, University of Durham

    Having studied History at university, I was open-minded about what type of law I would find most appealing. It was whilst studying an LPC module on intellectual property that I was drawn to this practice area on account of its exposure to cutting-edge technological innovation. Bristows was therefore the natural choice for its renowned IP reputation.

    The flexibility of seat choice during the training contract was another area where Bristows stood out. Trainees sit for between 3 and 6 months in each department, including a 3 month secondment, giving scope to experience a broad range of practice areas whilst working with fascinating clients from the TMT and life sciences sectors.

    At every step I have found Bristows’ reputation for friendliness and approachability to be well- founded. From the first interview you are made to feel welcome and that the firm is genuinely interested in getting to know your personality. Before starting your training contract you are invited to a host of social events, including the annual Bristows dinner dance. Everyone is keen to talk to you and make you feel part of the family. The unique way trainees are supported and embraced is completely typical of the firm’s ethos.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few weeks and cannot wait to continue my development here.

    Read the latest from our Graduate Blog:

    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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  • Jamie Cox

    Jamie Cox

    MA Ancient History and Latin, University of St Andrews

    I had wanted to be a lawyer before going to university as the academic aspect of the profession appealed to me; it requires a lot of problem solving as no two clients ever have the same issue. I wasn’t sure exactly what area of law I wanted to go into and so found the law fair at my university invaluable. Being able to speak directly to people from various firms and finding out about how they operate was so useful when deciding where to apply. Bristows really stood out for me thanks to their friendly culture and the interesting nature of their work.

    Whilst Bristows is a full service firm, their specialty is in life sciences and TMT work. Despite not coming from a science background myself this really appealed to me as the work involves market leading technology clients who are on the cutting edge of their sectors. Since joining Bristows the work has lived up to my expectations and I have been involved at more than just a background level. There is also a vast network of support to help you and people are generally more than happy to answer questions, as a trainee you are not expected to go it alone and know everything already.

    The main draw for me was the working environment at Bristows. It is genuinely friendly and even as a trainee you feel important. Throughout the GDL and LPC Bristows kept in touch with our intake and organised several meet and greets with current trainees. This was particularly useful to be able to ask them any questions and meant that day one I was walking in already knowing people. This definitely helped make starting work feel less daunting! Once you get here the firm puts on regular events so you get to know many more people than just those in your department.

    I look forward to the rest of my training contract here, especially the opportunity to go on a secondment to one of the clients.

    Read the latest from our Graduate Blog:

    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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  • Sophie French
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    Sophie French

    BA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford

    I was initially drawn to apply to Bristows because of its reputation in the intellectual property sector. I wanted to work for a dynamic, innovative firm that did a wide range of interesting work for high profile, cutting edge clients. Attending the summer workshop gave me a chance to learn more about the different practice areas and kind of work Bristows does, but more importantly it allowed me to experience directly the supportive and collaborative working environment. The application process itself was refreshingly straightforward and stress free compared to the process for other firms. In the interviews it was a pleasant surprise to find that the partners and associates were extremely friendly and interested in finding out what I was like as a person, rather than just asking a list of generic questions.

    I also particularly like being part of a smaller intake because it has meant that through studying together we have become a close knit group who meets up regularly outside of work. Bristows is a sociable firm and as future trainees we were invited to a number of firm events before starting, which gave us the opportunity to meet the rest of the firm. This made the first few weeks much easier as it gave us an insight into how welcoming and supportive everyone is. The first few weeks of my training contract have confirmed that I picked the right firm and I look forward to the rest of my training.

    Read the latest from our Graduate Blog:

    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...

    Read Article

    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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  • Sam Harvey

    Sam Harvey

    MPhys Physics, University of Manchester

    People are often surprised about the possibility of a transition from physics to law. It wasn’t a transition I was aware existed until I began to research potential careers. I had enjoyed studying my subject at university, but my interest in a more commercial application of science directed me towards a career in a field that would be fast-paced, varied, intellectually challenging but also enjoyable.

    I came across and developed an interest in the world of intellectual property with which the Bristows name is synonymous. From the first science and engineering day that I attended, I felt that Bristows stood out because it celebrated and championed diversity of academic backgrounds and recognised the potential for application of technical knowledge within the legal sector.

    Bristows attracted me because of their reputation in IP law. It was a field that I felt would not only utilise both the technical knowledge and analytical skills that I had learnt in my degree, but also enable me to work at the forefront of technical innovation with sector-leading clients.

    The firm’s profile and reputation as a friendly mid-sized firm with top-tier work, a sensible work-life balance, and an active social scene sounded too good to be true. However, the time I have spent at the firm has led me to realise both the truth of this and how unique a position Bristows occupies in this regard.

    Read the latest from our Graduate Blog:

    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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  • Janna Lawrence

    Janna Lawrence

    BSc Biochemistry, University of Warwick

    My route into the legal profession has not followed a traditional path. A desire to stay out of the laboratory but stay in a profession that exposed me to science, led me into a job as a science journalist, writing for a medical journal.

    I was often interviewing innovative professionals who had developed an exciting new therapy. But I found I had a strong desire to work in a more commercial environment where I’d get to put my problem-solving skills to use to help them to maximise the potential of their work. Law and particularly intellectual property, seemed like it offered the ideal blend of disciplines.

    On beginning the application process I sought out firms with a strong emphasis on IP. With Bristows’ guaranteed seat in IP litigation, impressive clients and its friendly working environment, I knew I had found the right place. I was delighted when Bristows responded to my application by inviting me to interview and I was thrilled when I was eventually offered a training contract.

    From the very outset, my experience with the firm has been nothing but positive. Bristows makes a huge effort to make you feel welcome, with regular social events both before and after joining the firm. The environment is intellectually rigorous but at the same time supportive. I look forward to all the new experiences that I will have during my training contract.

    Read the latest from our Graduate Blog:

    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...

    Read Article

    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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  • Florence Plisner

    Florence Plisner

    BSc Biochemistry, University of York

    Ever since watching Elle Woods in the closing scene of Legally Blonde, I have been intrigued by a career in law. Getting involved in the debating society at secondary school legitimised this interest, and I began planning my route towards studying for a law degree. However my burgeoning interest in Science, and restrictive option blocks at my school, meant that I ended up studying Science and Maths subjects. At this point, I thought I would struggle to get into law until my Chemistry teacher mentioned intellectual property law. After doing some research I realised that this was a way to combine my interests in science and law. I subsequently learned about the possibility of doing the GDL after University, offering an alternative way into the legal world.

    Whilst completing my Biochemistry degree, I confirmed that a career as a scientist wasn’t for me. Although I loved the theoretical side and greatly enjoyed drawing upon my knowledge to generate solutions to complex problems, the realities of working in a lab (a lot of pipetting!) put me off. I knew I wanted a career which was intellectually challenging, but also involved working in a team and interacting with clients. Law seemed like the ideal choice for this.

    Keen to continue to utilise my Science, I decided to apply to firms with an intellectual property focus. After reading Bristows’ glowing recommendations for both Intellectual Property and Life Sciences work, I applied for the spring workshop. During the two days at the firm, I was convinced that Bristows was the right firm for me. I really enjoyed hearing about the fascinating cases that Bristows had worked on and meeting many interesting and enthusiastic employees, and came away feeling that the firm was an incredibly friendly and sociable place to work. This was confirmed by the numerous social events that Bristows organised during the GDL and LPC, such as the annual Spring Dinner Dance and regular drinks evenings. Getting to know my fellow trainee intake has also been a highlight. We have become real friends and have already been on several holidays together!

    Since joining the firm as a trainee, I have experienced first-hand how friendly and supportive the culture really is. I have been constantly encouraged to ask questions and seek advice, and people are very willing to make time to sit down and discuss the cases with you. The work has also been fascinating, and I have really been able to utilise my Science degree in the tasks I am undertaking. I am very excited to continue my training contract at Bristows and would greatly encourage you to apply!

    Read the latest from our Graduate Blog:

    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...

    Read Article

    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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  • Sukanya Majumdar

    Sukanya Majumdar

    BA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford

    I became interested in Intellectual Property when I studied it as a module at university. When researching law firms that would allow me to pursue a career in this field, Bristows’ name was at the top of the list on pretty much every legal publication. Be it their stellar reputation within the sector or the guaranteed 6 month seat in IP litigation (unlike any other City law firm), Bristows was clearly the best firm to apply for to get involved in cutting-edge IP work.

    Finding the right kind of work was only half of the battle; the other half was finding a working atmosphere that I’d want to be in for several hours of my day, for several years of my life. The more I interacted with people from the firm, starting with their ‘Introduction to IP’ presentation at university to the 2-day Winter Workshop , the more I could appreciate why it’s repeatedly described as a great place to work. There’s a very strong sense of camaraderie and everyone gets involved to help each other out.

    From senior partners to receptionists to trainees, everyone I’ve met here has seems truly happy and proud to be part of the Bristows team. Just a few weeks in, I can already say that I feel the same.

    Articles by Sukanya Majumdar:

    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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  • Kathryn Hambly

    Kathryn Hambly

    MSci Marine Biology, University of Southampton

    I thoroughly enjoyed my studies in Marine Biology, but after attending scientific careers fairs and experiencing the life of a researcher during my master’s project, I realised that a career in Marine Biology was not for me. I began researching careers that offered commercial exposure whilst also utilising the analytical skills and scientific knowledge that I had gained during my degree - that is when I came across intellectual property law.

    Bristows was the obvious choice from the start given their excellent reputation in intellectual property law and the technology and life sciences sectors. However, it was their focus on developing a collegial and friendly environment that put Bristows at the top of my list.

    Bristows’ recruitment process offered a welcome change from my experiences at other city law firms. It was clear throughout the process that Bristows values who we are just as much as our achievements and capabilities. I was afforded numerous opportunities to interact with the firm during the Spring Workshop and interview stages, during which I experienced first-hand the friendly ethos and high calibre work.

    Throughout the GDL and LPC Bristows kept in regular contact with our cohort, inviting us to several trainee and firm wide events. This gave us an opportunity to get to know our future colleagues and feel integrated into the firm before our first day.

    I have only been at the firm a short time but I already feel like a valued member of the department and it is clear that Bristows is a fantastic place to train. From day one I have been involved in interesting and challenging work involving industry leading clients. Thankfully, this has not been as daunting as it sounds because I have been offered constant support and guidance from fellow trainees, associates and partners.

    I am looking forward to the rest of my training at Bristows and I would not hesitate to recommend the firm to other aspiring solicitors.

    Read the latest from our Graduate Blog:

    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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  • Christopher Stubbs

    Christopher Stubbs

    MBiol Biochemistry, University of Liverpool

    For someone who has always had a keen interest in science, particularly the life sciences, my interest in law only began to develop during the latter stages of my education. I certainly enjoyed carrying out research and development at university, during my Biochemistry degree, and in the pharmaceutical industry. However, I felt a need to satisfy a broader curiosity of commercial matters, as well as maintaining a connection to the scientific industry.

    As I began researching a career as a solicitor, both online and through personal recommendations, Bristows’ name continued to appear. I was particularly drawn to Bristows’ exceptional reputation in both the life sciences and technology sectors, as well as its impressive client list.

    I then attended the Science and Engineering Open Day and I was hooked by the enthusiasm and friendliness of all the staff who took part. I immediately applied for a position and embarked on one of the more interesting interview processes that I have taken part in, which made me even more sure that I had might the correct decision.

    Since joining Bristows, my initial impressions have been more than confirmed. Everyone is incredibly welcoming and sociable. I am already involved in a wide range of matters and I am certainly looking forward to the rest of my training contract at the firm.

    Articles by Christopher Stubbs:

    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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