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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..."

  • Alexander Calver
  • Katy Gibson
  • Emma Irwin
  • Marc Linsner
  • Jack Hostick
  • Kate O’Sullivan
  • Charles Purdie
  • Joseph Sako
  • Erik Müürsepp
  • Nicholas Michelmore
  • Jake Palmer
  • Selina Badiani
  • Helena Connors
  • Freya Hadrill
  • Sivaloganathan Kumaran
  • Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto
  • Sara Sefton
  • Jonathon Ross
  • Harry Taylor
  • Robert Vile
  • Alexander Calver

    Alexander Calver

    BA English, University of Exeter

    From an outsiders point of view, with little knowledge of exact practice areas, IP always seemed the most exciting area of law to me. Whilst I dabbled in others on work experience placements, my desire to practice in this area led me to Bristows. Here IP is practised within the TMT and Life Science sectors, which for me is the most dynamic, current and ultimately exciting place to train. My goal was always to find somewhere where the work is genuinely stimulating; the combination of industry leading (dare I say ‘cool’?!) clients and cutting-edge work makes it just that.

    You read a lot about a firm’s ‘friendly’ environment, but after two days on a workshop I was completely sold that here it was more than just a word on a promotional material. The ethos of the firm comes, I believe, partly from the diverse range of backgrounds trainees are chosen from. The varied array of knowledge and personalities that the work requires makes it an energetic and entertaining place to work. Indeed, during the interview process the Partners are keen to know about you as a person: your interests and hobbies, and what makes you laugh; it is not a daunting process and this is a true reflection of the firm overall.

    Bristows have provided a fantastic start to my legal career, and I cannot wait to continue my training here.

    Articles by Alexander Calver:

    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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  • Katy Gibson

    Katy Gibson

    BA History, University of York

    Following work experience in publishing and broadcasting, as well as in the legal sector, I realised I enjoyed the interesting challenges Intellectual Property lawyers face. I consequently decided to pursue a career as a lawyer and became very interested in training at Bristows with its focus on Intellectual Property combined with the opportunity to experience a number of other practice areas for a well-rounded training experience.

    Attending the Winter Workshop gave me an informative insight into what life as a trainee would be like at the firm, including events that represent the firm’s ethos, such as “speed-networking” with a whole range of Bristows employees with different roles and backgrounds. It was apparent the firm offered a fantastic quality of training with a great atmosphere and really interesting clients to match. The recruitment process was also more humane than some other firms, with no psychometric testing and interviews that challenged you whilst using an encouraging and supportive approach.

    Bristows has already proven a fantastic place to train, involving trainees in firm life even before starting our training through a variety of events and exposing us to interesting work from an impressive client portfolio from across a number of dynamic industries right from the very beginning of the Training Contract.

    Articles by Katy Gibson:

    18 Dec 2017

    Katy Gibson

    SECONDMENTS – WHY DO WE GO ?

    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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  • Emma Irwin

    Emma Irwin

    BSc Biochemistry, University of Bristol

    Having spent my time at University studying Biochemistry, I had decided that whilst I relished the technicalities and challenges it provided, I craved a job with a more commercial application. It wasn’t until my final year that I felt a career in law would be able to satisfy my need for a competitive and business focused job, whilst playing to my problem solving strengths.

    Since joining Bristows, I have been continually pleasantly surprised about the supportive and welcoming working environment that I walk into every day. The work that goes into maintaining such a great work place has not gone unnoticed. This being said, the work ethic of all at Bristows is second to none, and I’ve hugely enjoyed working alongside colleagues in a variety of tasks. I’m proud to say that I work at a sector-leading firm such as Bristows, and can’t wait to see what challenges lie ahead.

    Articles by Emma Irwin:

    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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  • Marc Linsner

    Marc Linsner

    LLB Law, University of Liverpool

    As a law student, a career in the legal industry is typically part of your natural progression, however, after two years of study I found myself at a career crossroads. It was only after studying intellectual property law in my final year of university that I knew my future lay in the legal profession. Due to my affinity for IP law I was naturally drawn to Bristows; the firm is renowned for work within the practice area, most notably in the Life Sciences and TMT sectors, so my attraction was instant. With further research, it became evident that Bristows is a full service firm offering a high calibre service to a host of elite clients. I found the combination of working with innovative and market leading clients in dynamic areas of law a hugely exciting prospect and a key driver behind my application.

    Personally, the working environment is equally as important as the nature and quality of work. Throughout the recruitment process I was struck by the emphasis Bristows placed on creating a collective philosophy premised on support, inclusion and collaboration. The Bristows ethos is evident throughout the firm, from support staff to senior partners; if you have a question there is always someone on hand to offer support. The size of the firm and trainee intake is also conducive to creating an inclusive environment and has certainly helped me to feel part of the family from day one. Being part of a smaller firm allows you to be constructively involved from the outset, which, coupled with the support from your direct team and the firm at large, creates the ideal environment for training and development.

    Articles by Marc Linsner:

    14 Feb 2018

    Marc Linsner

    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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  • 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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  • Kate O’Sullivan

    Kate O'Sullivan

    BSc Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Sheffield

    At University I realised that although I had a passion for science, I was keen to pursue a career path outside of the laboratory. I soon discovered that law, in particular intellectual property, provided an ideal opportunity to use my scientific skillset in a commercial and dynamic environment.

    After attending a law careers fair, I realised that Bristows could be the ideal place for my training. As a firm, it embodies the criteria that I was seeking; high-calibre clients, a stellar reputation in intellectual property and a realistic attitude towards work-life balance. The firm is frequently listed as one of the best operating in the Life Sciences and TMT sectors, and I was further attracted by the guarantee of a seat in IP Litigation during the training contract.

    I found the application process to be relaxed and friendly, which reflects the ethos within Bristows itself. As part of a relatively small intake, you feel individually welcomed into your department, and firm as a whole, upon joining. I look forward to the rest of my training period in such a supportive environment.

    Articles by Kate O’Sullivan:

    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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  • Charles Purdie

    Charles Purdie

    LLB Law, University of Bristol

    An intellectual property module in my final year of reading law caught my interest as compelling, exciting, and increasingly relevant in modern society. By the end of the course I had decided it was the practice area in which I wanted to focus my career. After researching a number of firms Bristows was clearly the stand out choice boasting clientele such as Google whilst maintaining a reputation as a friendly and sociable mid-sized firm.

    During the Bristows Summer Workshop I learnt about the sectors and practice areas in which Bristows specialises and met a range of employees during a ‘speed networking’ event. All my expectations were met.

    As a future trainee you are invited to a number of social events including welcome drinks and the Bristows Dinner Dance. These occasions allow you to keep in touch with the firm and socialise with fellow future trainees to help alleviate first day nerves. Combining these events with a small trainee intake creates a supportive, cooperative and social atmosphere; I consider my intake friends as well as colleagues.

    After one month the quality of training and sociable culture has confirmed that I made the right decision. I feel privileged to call myself a Bristows trainee and am excited to begin my career here.

    Articles by Charles Purdie:

    24 Apr 2018

    Charles Purdie

    Socials

    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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  • Joseph Sako

    Joseph Sako

    BA History and Politics, University of York

    I initially applied to Bristows because of its status and expertise in cutting edge areas of law in addition to the flexible seat structure of the training contract.  However, what really made me choose Bristows was the much talked about collegiate and friendly culture of the firm. I was slightly concerned that it sounded too good to be true but having started my training contract can confirm that everything I read and heard about the firm was in fact accurate.

    The interview process often reflects what a firm is like and the process at Bristows was really quite enjoyable. There were no trick questions or surprises and I really felt that the partners, associates and members of HR wanted to get to know my personality.

    The firm recruits the number of trainees it intends to keep on upon qualification, meaning that there is no competition between us. Being part of a smaller intake and having had the opportunity to attend law school and various firm events together has been incredible. We have become not just colleagues but close friends and this has helped to make the transition from student to trainee much smoother.

    Ultimately, I wanted to begin my career in a place that offered a good support system, great people and interesting work. I wanted to work in a place where I felt I could add value rather than being just a number. I really believe that Bristows offers all of that and much much more. 

    Articles by Joseph Sako:

    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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  • Erik Müürsepp

    Erik Müürsepp

    BSc Biochemistry, University of Bristol

    MRes Molecular Biophysics, Kings College London

    As with many science degree holders who have turned to law, my realisation that a career in research might not be for me came during my first extended laboratory project on my degree. A few trips to the careers service later and a plan was beginning to hatch that would take my interest in biochemistry and put it to use on patents and intellectual property law more generally. After becoming aware of Bristows as one of the top firms in this field I had several opportunities to get a real feel for their approach to work on both an open evening and the winter workshop. Speaking to current trainees and discovering that their tasks had included playing video games to conduct research for a copyright case really illustrated the varied and interesting work going on in all the departments.

    Law firms often throw words like ‘friendly’ and ‘supportive’ in their promotional materials, but the interview process is one of the few ways an applicant can get a feel for how people are actually treated before joining. During my Bristows interviews I experienced genuine curiosity in me as a person, not just in how my CV stacks up against those of the many other applicants. It was clear the firm had a priority of recruiting colleagues that would fit in well with the local culture and that people at all levels are not only hard working but also refreshingly approachable. The fact that our trainee intake had grown into a tight-knit group of friends before the training contract had even begun is a testament to Bristows being a place where working in teams can be a real pleasure. I’m looking forward to experiencing this first hand in the mix of three and six month seats and the opportunity to go on a secondment to one of our innovative clients.

    Articles by Erik Müürsepp:

    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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  • Nicholas Michelmore

    Nicholas Michelmore

    BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

    Having left university with no firm career plans, I decided to consider a career in law. I immediately noticed Bristows as an opportunity to utilise my scientific background.

    By attending the two day Autumn Workshop, I discovered that Bristows was a friendly firm that sets itself very high standards. It was the perfect opportunity for someone like me, who was interested in working in IP and within the life sciences and TMT industries. Furthermore I quickly learnt that Bristows is a full service firm that has a broad scope of high profile clients from many other practice areas as well.

    The relatively small intake means that trainees get very well looked after, and quickly get to know everyone within the firm. Within a week of starting, I already felt part of the team. There is a real impression that everyone wants you to succeed here on a long term basis. The work is both challenging and interesting. I’ve really enjoyed my first few weeks here and I’m excited to continue working in this fun and dynamic environment.

    Articles by Nicholas Michelmore:

    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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  • 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:

    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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  • Sara Sefton

    Sara Sefton

    MA Geography and International Relations, University of St Andrews

    Having studied International Relations as part of my degree the decision to pursue a career in law was an easy one to make - I just didn’t know where with the large number of firms out there.  I knew I was interested in Intellectual Property law, particularly within the TMT sector, having had some previous experience there. I also knew I wanted to be part of a smaller intake so I would not just be a face in the crowd. My research quickly led me to Bristows. The firm’s reputation for being welcoming and friendly along with its considerable IP expertise (and a guaranteed seat in IP litigation) made it an easy decision to apply.

    My first interview left me with the impression that Bristows was exactly where I wanted to train. The whole process was great with everyone from HR, trainees and even partners, all being interested in me as a person. It was clear they all genuinely loved working here and were passionate about what they did.

    As future trainees we were invited to firm events and even had socials put on for us to ensure that we all knew some friendly faces before we started. At the very first event, a simple but incredibly nice touch was that all the partners attending had taken the time to learn all our names. This definitely confirmed that I had found the place for me. 

    Articles by Sara Sefton:

    07 Nov 2017

    Sara Sefton

    Trials

    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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  • 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:

    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:

    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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  • 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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