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Brand management Tier 1
Bristows LLP has 'a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise' in trade mark and design portfolio management, advertising and marketing, sponsorship arrangements and other commercial ventures. The practice has a niche speciality working with major advertising and publishing houses such as the WPP Group, the Financial Times and Guardian News and Media. On the advertising side, Paul Jordan is experienced in multi-platform advertising clearance, regulatory matters, advising on influencer and promotion agreements and defending against Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) complaints, such as defending Gtech in a high-profile comparative advertising complaint brought by Dyson. Trade mark attorney Ian Gruselle is a soft IP specialist and leads the management of worldwide and European trade mark (EUTM) portfolios. Design expert Simon Clark focuses on copyright and design rights, database rights, trade marks, passing off and domain names. Also of note are Paul Walsh, 'an excellent all-round brands expert'; Jeremy Blum, who leads on the contentious IP side; and associate Andy Butcher.
2018 saw Bristows LLP build on its already well-established position in the data protection field with the recruitment of the 'outstanding' Marc Dautlich from Pinsent Masons LLP; Dautlich is particularly active in the technology, financial services and fintech sectors. Practice head Mark Watts has notable expertise in advising US-based clients and regularly handles global compliance projects and regulatory litigation; Christopher Millard focuses on the technology and communications sectors; and Robert Bond has experience in compliance work, data incidents, cyber attacks and issues relating to health and children's data. As a whole, the practice excels in high-profile and international work; recent examples include Google's right to be forgotten case and British Airways' data breach. Its notable areas of expertise encompass compliance projects, regulatory litigation and product launches. Clients also single out 'excellent' senior associate Hannah Crowther.
‘Bristows is a go-to firm for privacy and data protection matters. It provides on-time, risk-based legal advice and problem-solving.‘
‘Bristows fields a first-rate privacy and data protection practice, which is knowledgeable, responsive and client focused.‘
‘Marc Dautlich is outstanding and brings a wealth of experience to Bristows’ privacy practice. He is pragmatic, insightful and time and again helps clients solve whatever privacy issue they are facing.‘
‘Marc Dautlich has encyclopedic knowledge, takes the time to really understand the client and delivers commercial and pragmatic advice.‘
Amazon Web Services
Incorporated Society of British Advertisers
Intellectual property Tier 1
With specialisms in the the technology and life sciences sectors, the intellectual property team at Bristows LLP provides 'a first-class service at a real-world cost' and clients praise it as 'the best all-round IP team in the UK'. The group has broad expertise and 'excels not only in UK IP litigation but also in pan-European IP matters'. Brian Cordery and the 'hugely experienced' Myles Jelf, who 'successfully brings first-class strategy and oversight to cases, whilst inspiring and harnessing the abilities of the firm's fantastic associates', jointly head the patent litigation team, while Matthew Warren, Simon Clark and Ian Gruselle lead the commercial IP team, brands practice and trade mark portfolio group respectively. Other names to note include Andrew Bowler and Robert Burrows, who handle a range of contentious IP matters; telecoms and high-tech patent litigator James Boon; Liz Cohen, Dominic Adair and Gemma Barrett who focus on life sciences patent litigation; Richard Pinckney, who acts in IP disputes in the TMT, engineering and electronics sectors; and brands expert Jeremy Blum.
Brian Cordery; Myles Jelf; Matthew Warren; Simon Clark; Ian Gruselle
Other key lawyers:
‘Bristows has a market leading life sciences practice and is very knowledgeable in this area.‘
‘All of the partners are at the top of their fields, and are assisted by first-rate associates.’
‘Unlike some of the boutique IP firms, Bristows benefits from being a full-service firm, drawing on experience, when required, from non-IP departments including the commercial and competition groups.‘
‘It has a great network with a number of excellent law firms across Europe, which allows Bristows to provide the best legal advice with respect to pan-European IP strategy.‘
‘Matthew Warren is very sensible and provides sound advice.’
‘Laura Anderson works in a very responsive, collaborative and pragmatic way and works with life sciences sector clients to achieve results clients can feel good about.‘
‘Myles Jelf is an undoubted star among IP solicitors.‘
‘Richard Pinckney offers a strong and confident service with brilliant strategic direction, especially in the electro-mechanical sphere.‘
‘Andrew Bowler is a pleasure to work with, bringing well-honed and realistic strategic direction to any case.‘
‘Dom Adair is prompt, highly reliable, and a great pleasure to work with.‘
Johnson & Johnson
Cadbury (Mondelez International)
McDonalds International Property Company
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd
Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy
The Financial Times
Monsoon / Accessorize
Fondation de France
IT and telecoms Tier 1
Bristows LLP has 'a well-rounded and pragmatic team with excellent skills' and 'superb commercial acumen'. Leveraging the team's broad experience across the IT and telecoms sectors, recent work highlights include acting for ZTE and Philips in separate standard essential patents litigation with consideration of FRAND licence terms. The group is jointly led by Toby Crick, who is 'a very valuable asset in any IT contract negotiation'; head of commercial IT Mark Watts, and 'star IP solicitor' Myles Jelf. Other names to note include Anna Cook for IT disputes, head of the robotics and AI group Chris Holder, Adrian Sim, who specialises in IT implementation projects and has a 'pragmatic and can-do attitude', and 'hugely experienced' patent litigator Richard Pinckney.
Toby Crick; Myles Jelf; Mark Watts
‘Bristows has a strong team, which is proactive and balanced, and a pleasure to work with.‘
‘The team is flexible in its approach, and its understanding of the constraints of budget and time. It fields lawyers that you would introduce to your business stakeholders.‘
‘The team is pragmatic in its approach and fields top negotiators. It helps in all areas of doing the deal, from the drafting, negotiation and giving information for briefings and governance.‘
‘Bristows is one of the most experienced TMT firms in the UK, having been involved in almost every major telecoms case in recent years; it brings experience coupled with ability, enthusiasm and a service-oriented approach to every case, offering a first-rate service at real-world costings.‘
‘Toby Crick is a commercially minded lawyer with huge experience, deep technical knowledge and excellent negotiating skills.‘
‘Myles Jelf is exceptionally comfortable with a wide range of electro-mechanical technologies, he brings strategic direction and oversight to every case.‘
‘Richard Pinckney demonstrates the abilities of a seasoned partner; he gets to grip with the complexities of a case in short order and is particularly skilled in getting the very best out of his team.‘
‘Adrian Sim is a star.’
‘Adrian Sim is probably one of the best lawyers in the field and a real deal maker.’
‘Senior associate Vikram Khurana and associate Rob Powell deserve mentions for providing a fantastic service. Clients are impressed with their honesty in billing and quoting, and their down-to-earth and pragmatic legal advice – they are experts in their fields.‘
Amazon Web Services
Bristows LLP advises on the full range of corporate M&A matters, covering acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, IPOs and financing work across both the public and private markets. The firm's most complex work is predominantly within the life sciences and technology sectors, acting for international blue chip companies on cross-border mandates. Furthermore, the firm's strong IP offering lends itself to expertise in IP-rich sectors such as consumer products and retail. Department head Iain Redford is active in the TMT and life sciences sectors in particular, and is instructed by clients to advise on mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, financings and joint ventures.
Other key lawyers:
‘Bristows offers excellent advice with a broad range of skills‘
‘Partner Louise Eldridge listens to the client and provides timely and constructive advice, as well as coordinating her team very well‘
Schibsted Media (listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange)
NuCana PLC (listed on Nasdaq)
With 'enormous strength in the pharma and biotech space' Bristows LLP attracts acclaim from clients as a go-to practice. Laura Anderson and 'outstanding' Liz Cohen are the joint heads of the life sciences group and Brian Cordery who 'knows his stuff' jointly heads patent litigation with Myles Jelf. The team offers an all-round service to clients covering the core areas of transactional, regulatory and IP expertise. Its skills also extend to areas where tech intersects with life sciences or healthcare and the handling of, for example, medical data. 'Excellent regulatory expert' Alex Denoon heads the regulatory group and with a PhD in molecular biology, litigator Dr Robert Burrows is 'one of the most knowledgeable solicitors in the pharma/biotech space'. The 'talented' Gemma Barrett is a litigator within life sciences and 'creative thinker' Greg Bacon and senior associate Rachel Mumby are also recommended.
Laura Anderson; Liz Cohen
Other key lawyers:
‘They have well-qualified solicitors with technical backgrounds who are familiar with the science immediately. They are a large enough team to cope with large cases and demanding clients. There are excellent juniors of whom the more senior team are very supportive. A huge pleasure to work with and they get great results.’
‘The Bristows team provided exceptionally good work. All team members were very responsive and open for discussions. Their written work product was likewise spotless and, unlike the work product of most other firms that I have worked with, there was no need for fine tuning.’
‘Bristows was able to grasp our technically complex case quickly and helped to advance our global litigation strategy even beyond the UK with their vast experience in this field.‘
‘There is a real focus on life sciences and technology at the firm, with all the specialist teams a pharmaceutical company needs in the same place – IP, regulatory, competition. They are always willing to provide excellent, current and useful training.’
‘The team really cares about doing a good job and always go the extra mile. Although a partner-led service, you also get to know the associates who are doing the work.‘
‘Rob Burrows is one of the most knowledgeable solicitors in the pharma/biotech space. He explains difficult concepts so well to clients and is easy to work with.’
‘Greg Bacon is a creative thinker – he can propose innovative options as solutions.’
‘Alex Denoon is an excellent regulatory expert. It’s a great experience working with him.’
‘Rachel Mumby is a talented solicitor- technically excellent and great with clients.’
‘Olivia Henry is a brilliant young solicitor with great knowledge and ability. One to watch’.
‘Every one of Dominic Adair, Gregory Bacon and Gemma Barrett is particularly talented in their area.’
‘Dominic Adair did a great job in coordinating all activities of our case. He is very pleasant to work with. He is a bright mind and yet remained very modest. I can highly recommend him for any IP litigation in the UK and will certainly work with him again in the future.’
‘Dom Adair is technically gifted, understands issues quickly and gives great commercial advice.’
‘Brian Cordery is incredibly responsive and diligent, knows his stuff and thinks the case through carefully.’
‘Gemma Barrett provides very clear and commercial advice.’
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Sciences)
Google and DeepMind
Bristows LLP ‘continues to be a trusted and reliable’ firm with a commercial property team that is 'well versed in their field’. A keystone of the practice is its corporate occupier work where the group is active on major transactions, particularly for international businesses in the technology and life sciences sectors. Practice head Teresa Edmund ‘has the ability to make even the most complex issues sound straightforward’. She is active on all commercial property fronts and handles property transactions in a range of sectors, namely retail, charities, learned institutions and not-for-profit. The ‘exceptional’ Tim Allen, who recently made partner, acts on development projects, sale and leaseback transactions, property finance and landlord & tenant work. Supporting him on the corporate occupier front is recommended associate Gemma Kirsch.
‘Bristows has a very commercial real estate team who are instrumental in advising clients on real estate legal negotiations. The team has a diverse set of experience and is rapidly building up its profile as real estate lawyers, especially in the London market.’
‘In particular, Tim Allen is a key individual at Bristows. He takes a commercial view on issues in order to best advise the client whilst ensuring negotiations do not become protracted.’
‘Tim Allen and Giles Davy provide specialist knowledge which is particularly invaluable when negotiating turnover rent provisions.’
‘Tim Allen’s work is exceptional. Commercially pragmatic, hard working, and explained concepts clearly. His associate Gemma Kirsch also follows in the same footsteps.’
‘Bristows continues to be a trusted a reliable business partner whose team are well versed in their field, very responsive to questions as well as being sensitive to our timelines.’
‘Availability and quality of technical knowledge and sector insight. Effective and balanced recommendations that aligned with business needs.’
‘Extremely approachable, quick to respond, can-do attitude, excellent client service’.
‘Teresa Edmund is very responsive, knowledgeable with good interpersonal skills. She offers practical solutions and leads her department efficiently.’
We have dealt with Bristows for many years. They have a strong team and there is always someone available to deal with any queries we might have. We get immediate response, and the partners are also readily available.
‘Teresa Edmund heads up the team, but is always available to discuss anything. She has the ability to make even the most complex issues sound straight forward.’
‘Bristows offers exceptional advice and provides the advice in a way that is easily understood by their clients. They are pragmatic and take an approach that satisfies their clients as well as enabling a transaction to run smoothly in order to achieve the desired outcome.’
‘Extremely accessible and easy to work with. This varies greatly with other law firms who a difficult to relate to and do not solve tasks in a way that individuals who do not work in law can understand and contribute to.’
‘Teresa Edmund is pragmatic, thorough and methodical.’
‘They are professional and knowledgeable while being approachable.’
‘Working closely with Tim Allen and Gemma Kirsch is a fantastic experience, their pragmatism alongside industry knowledge is invaluable.’
Blue Diamond Limited
NIO Nextev (UK) Limited
Time Out Markets Limited
Dimension Data Networking Services Limited
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Stirling Land Limited
Halfswing Properties Limited
Randle Siddeley Limited
Totaljobs Group Limited
Schibsted Products & Technology Limited
Flexera Software Limited
Avalara Europe Limited
Trafigura Pte Limited
Bloomfield Service Stations Limited
Bristows LLP's tech sector group handles contentious and non-contentious matters for household-name brands, advertising agency networks, large media companies and industry associations. Advertising, marketing, gaming, music, social media, interactive content, publishing, TV and film are key areas of focus and it offers a range of IP, commercial, competition, corporate, M&A, copyright, data protection, privacy, trade mark and regulatory expertise. Paul Jordan is active across advertising, marketing, publishing and TV work; he advises on influencer and promotion agreements, global IP protection, multi-platform advertising clearance and global brand restructuring, as well as compliance, the preparation and defence of ASA complaints, Trading Standards and CMA investigations. Jordan advises Spotify on advertising matters. Myles Jelf is noted for his contentious expertise, particularly in the gaming sector. The team also has expertise in the publishing sector where it is increasingly acting for life sciences companies on issues related to online publishing.
Myles Jelf; Paul Jordan
Other key lawyers:
Simon Clark; Mark Brown; Andrew Butcher
The firm offers a very good service.
Advice is thorough, efficient and also practical.
Paul Jordan is very helpful and knowledgeable, is always quick to respond, is thorough in his advice which is also practical.
Guardian News and Media
Institute of Practitioners in Advertising
NLA Media Access (the newspaper licensing agency)
TBWA/the DISRUPTION® Agency
British American Tobacco
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2
Bristows LLP fields a particularly strong practice in the management of worldwide trade mark portfolios, including the representation of clients in complex opposition and cancellation proceedings. With its added litigation capacities, the group is able to provide clients with a full-service brand protection offering. While the food and beverage, publishing, hospitality, luxury and automotive sectors account for a significant portion of the caseload, the group's track record also includes clients from a broad spread of other sectors. Ian Gruselle and solicitor advocate Simon Clark are the heads of the practice.
Ian Gruselle; Simon Clark
‘They are trusted advisers.‘
‘Advice provided is clear and concise.‘
Rocco Forte Hotels
The Financial Times
Royal Mail Group Ltd
Competition litigation Tier 3
One feature setting Bristows LLP’s competition and regulatory department apart from other firms is its ability to advise on issues at the junction between intellectual property and competition law. This specialism makes the firm a desired destination for a growing number of clients in the area of standardised technologies, as well as in the telecoms, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. Due to its newly opened office in Brussels, the team has improved its position to represent clients in competition law cases at EU level. Practice head Pat Treacy was appointed a Deputy Judge of the High Court in September 2018. Sophie Lawrance is also highly recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘Bristows is a go-to firm for competition law in the UK, especially when it comes to matters regarding patent litigation such as fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (Frand) issues‘
‘Bristows’ team is excellent in all areas of competition law, but it barely has a rival in issues at the interface between competition and intellectual property‘
‘Pat Treacy and Sophie Lawrence are both excellent and strong at handling IP-related matters crossing over with competition law; together they make an outstanding team‘
‘Sophie Lawrence is multilingual, highly dedicated, extraordinarily smart, and a team player who is very easy to work with‘
Sound United (Denon & Marantz Europe)
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
British Brands Group
Chugai Pharmaceutical Co.
Fintech Tier 3
Bristows LLP's technology-oriented fintech practice represents start-ups (particularly payment service providers), large insurance companies, major banks and corporations, in corporate transactions, data and IP protection, compliance with regulatory standards (PSD2), key contractual agreements governing the provision of services, outsourcing projects and disputes. Corporate partner Louise Eldridge handles M&A, venture capital transactions and joint venture deals and has experience advising clients on blockchain technology, digital transactions, and regtech and insurtech developments. Recent joiner Marc Dautlich is the firm's go-to data protection expert; he also brings to the group additional expertise in financial services regulation, spanning PSD2, e-privacy and the Lawful Business Practice Regulations. In a recent instruction, Eldridge acted for DNB Bank on its strategic investment in FinTech 11:FS Group.
Other key lawyers:
“Bristows have a clear understanding of the technology in the sector and specifically the fintech/insurtech market.”
“Bristows has relevant experience related to PSD2 compliance and provides concrete and practical advice on how to navigate these rules.”
“Louise Eldridge gives constructive advice, co-ordinates the team well and ensures transactions run smoothly.”
“Marc Dautlich has a strong technical background which is critical when advising on emerging technologies.”
DNB Bank AsA
Isle of Man Enterprises Plc
Charities and not-for-profit Tier 4
Under the guidance of Mark Hawes at Bristows LLP the team is best known for its experience in advising charities that are established by Royal Charter, particularly those charities that operate in the fields of science, technology and engineering. It is also building up a reputation for acting for medical research charities and arts and cultural charities. Many of its clients operate internationally. Robert Bond is also well-placed to advise charities on a myriad of data protection issues.
Other key lawyers:
The five Burlington House “Courtyard Societies”: The Society of Antiquaries of London; The Geological Society of London; The Royal Society of Chemistry; The Royal Astronomical Society; The Linnean Society of London
The Royal Theatrical Support Trust
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Save the Elephants
York University (Canada)
South West Grid for Learning
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Electrical Safety First
Plan International UK
PRI Association (UN-backed)
EU and competition Tier 4
Bristows LLP’ ‘quick and efficient’ team is recognised by clients and peers alike as a market leader in advising on the junction between competition law and intellectual property law. A stable stream of instructions comes from pharmaceutical-sector clients, which the group advises on complex issues arising during investigations by the authorities; this includes assisting clients with restructuring their business as a result of the CMA’s investigations into the pharmaceutical sector, initiated back in 2017. Demonstrating the team's ability to adjust well to market trends, the group is also handling a significant number of mandates in the consumer goods space. Other notable sectors of focus are technology and life sciences. Pat Treacy heads the department, where clients also single out the expertise of Sophie Lawrance and Stephen Smith.
‘A great, very dedicated team which offers straightforward, intelligent solutions‘
‘Bristows has an in depth knowledge of the TMT sector‘
‘The team is helpful and responsive, and stands out for its pragmatic approach to legal advice‘
‘Pat Treacy, Stephen Smith and Sophie Lawrance are all a pleasure to work with‘
‘Stephen Smith is very impressive and really takes the time to understand his clients’ commercial objectives‘
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
British Brands Group
Edgewell Personal Care
The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising
A Nelson & Co
Commercial litigation Tier 5
Bristows LLP's team 'is more than a collection of lawyers; it is a real team working together - and for each other - for a common client-focused goal'. The practice stands out for complex IT disputes, as well as commercial claims involving IP licensing and exploitation contracts; it has also experienced growth in disputes involving the misuse of confidential information, and instructions for pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Mark Brown, Anna Cook and Simon Clark are experienced advisers, as are Jeremy Blum and Angela Fouracre. Kevin Appleton retired from the firm.
‘The lawyers have a keen sense of the commercial aims of their clients and how to focus strategy so as to achieve those aims and they have an exceptional understanding of the commercial markets in which their clients operate‘.
‘Mark Brown is a fantastically bright litigator, who gives primacy to clients’ needs and aims, listens to and challenges advice appropriately, and is a pleasure to work with‘.
‘Anna Cook displays a high level of attention to technical and legal detail, and recognises and distills the important features of any case‘.
‘Angela Fouracre is highly professional and an excellent communicator. She is commercially focused but nevertheless a fine lawyer and good to work with‘.
Goodrich Actuation Systems
Gee 7 Group
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Commercial contracts Tier 6
Bristows LLP advises clients across a range of sectors, but has notable expertise in technology, IP and life sciences. The firm is particularly known for handling matters related to competition, regulatory issues, privacy and data protection. Matthew Warren leads the team and is experienced in large, complex commercial transactions. His team advised Ferroglobe on long-term strategic arrangements related to its acquisition of two manganese plants from multinational natural resource giant Glencore.
Johnson & Johnson
Guardian News & Media
Bristows LLP > Firm Profile
We are Bristows, the world’s leading specialist law firm for clients that innovate.
We are a European headquartered hub for litigation, transactions and advice throughout the world. We help clients grow in life sciences, technology and other dynamic sectors. We provide advice on all their legal matters and are proud to be different.
We are an eclectic mix of inquisitive thinkers who are fascinated by the law surrounding our clients’ sector. Many of us have science and technology backgrounds or have worked in the industry. It means we are on the same wavelength and understand what makes our clients’ business tick.
Many of our clients are international and our work with them crosses different jurisdictions. We have remained fiercely independent since we first began in 1837 and are able to maintain a network of leading lawyers and specialists around the world. This means we are free to partner with the best people in any jurisdiction for each client need and build the right team of lawyers in the right locations.
We don’t work to billing targets. This ensures clients get the right combination of experts working as one, who take the time to share their different perspectives and find the right answer, no matter how difficult or novel the question is. It’s a rare approach that defines the quality of our advice.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK At Bristows, we have always been at the forefront of change. From patenting the first electrical telegraph to launching the UK’s genome sequencing project, we have been helping clients who create and embrace new technologies and ideas.
We focus on dynamic, IP-rich sectors and have the expertise to solve a broad range of litigation, transactional, and advisory challenges. We have a true cross-disciplinary practice encompassing our renowned IP, competition, regulatory, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, IT and data protection teams. The strength of each individual practice complements the others to provide a fully integrated and comprehensive service.
RECRUITMENT We like to recruit inquisitive minds, many with science and technology backgrounds. We are actively looking to recruit trainees with a variety of academic backgrounds – scientists and engineers and also trainees who have studied law, humanities and arts. We live and breathe our clients’ business, can talk the same language and have a keen eye on the future. Many trainees and associates go on secondment at client companies, including Google, McDonald’s, Capgemini, AstraZeneca, Samsung, Novartis, Sony and WPP.
|Managing partner||Marek Petecki|
|Managing Partner||Liz Cohen|
|Advertising, marketing and promotions||Paul Jordan|
|Brand and design protection||Simon Clark|
|Brand and design protection||Jeremy Blum|
|Charities and not-for-profit||Mark Hawes|
|Commercial contracts||Matthew Warren|
|Commercial litigation||Mark Brown|
|Commercial litigation||Angela Fouracre|
|Copyright and digital business||Simon Clark|
|Copyright and digital business||Myles Jelf|
|Dispute Resolution||Mark Brown|
|EU and competition||Pat Treacy|
|EU and competition||Sophie Lawrance|
|EU and competition||Stephen Smith|
|Information technology||Mark Watts|
|Information technology||Toby Crick|
|International arbitration||Mark Brown|
|International arbitration||Jeremy Blum|
|IP and commercial transactions||Laura Anderson|
|IP and commercial transactions||Matthew Warren|
|IP and patent litigation||Brian Cordery|
|IP and patent litigation||Myles Jelf|
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|Life sciences||Liz Cohen|
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|Publishing, defamation and media||Mark Brown|
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|Real estate||Tim Allen|
|Real estate investment & funds||Iain Redford|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 43 Number of other UK fee-earners : 176
We are really proud of our long-standing positive attitude, commitment and approach towards diversity and inclusion at Bristows.
We were the first city firm to appoint a female Joint Managing Partner (well over 20 years ago now) and the third woman to hold this position is currently in post. We work hard to maintain the culture where women and lawyers from all backgrounds or minority groups thrive and succeed. As a firm and as individuals we do all we can to treat people fairly and with mutual respect, whether they are colleagues, clients or suppliers. This commitment enriches our work and our working lives, and we absolutely believe it has played a key part in our success over the years.
We are committed to providing a workplace where no staff member or partner, is treated less favourably because of their personal characteristics (including age, disability, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.)
Here are some examples of our current and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion:
- Bristows is a long standing signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter
- We have an active Diversity committee in place which is headed by two partners and itself has a diverse membership composition garnered from all areas of the firm. The Diversity committee meets every 2 months and reports on its activities to the partnership.
- There is an annual Diversity plan for the firm which is devised and implemented through the Diversity committee. Progress against the plan is reported to all staff annually at the AGM.
- Bristows works closely with Aspiring Solicitors – an organisation dedicated to assisting people from deprived social backgrounds into the legal profession
- Around two thirds of our staff, including almost a third of our equity partners, are female: one of the highest ratios for a UK commercial law firm
- Half our senior management team are women
- Our internal partner promotions have had a 50/50 gender balance for the past several years
- Around one-fifth of our workforce describe themselves as being other than white or British
- We have had an LGBT+ and allies network within the firm for several years and a number of our partners identify as LGBT+
- We ask all staff to complete and return a Diversity survey annually and publish the results both internally and externally.
- Our charity of the year for 2019 is Little Havens Hospice. Little Havens Hospice care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses and their families.
- We are signatories to the PRIME initiative and also work with various further education careers services to support and encourage STEM students
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictAn 'expertise in intellectual property, the guarantee of a seat in patent litigation and a specialism in the life science and technology sectors' all make Bristows stand out from the crowd. An 'inquisitive and almost geeky atmosphere' pervades the firm and some trainees found the 'high percentage of scientists' employed by Bristows particularly alluring. Recruits 'do more than just the usual trainee jobs', including 'leading the negotiation of a data processing agreement' and 'attending a meeting with senior counsel and business management at the headquarters of a major corporation after a data incident'. This is the result of having 'much more interaction with partners', the approachability of whom has earned the firm a Lex 100 Winner medal. Another gong was earned in the social life category. Bristows is 'extremely open, friendly and supportive' and trainees appreciate that 'the quality of your work and how you approach it is valued over face-time culture'. That there is no canteen and 'no opportunities for international secondments' irked some respondents. However, opportunities for client secondments are abundant; trainees can undertake 'excellent quality work with clients at the cutting edge of the law', which allows them to 'consider legal advice from a whole new angle'. Grumbles about 'late night bundling' and 'spending an evening preparing documents for forty shareholders' made an appearance in the feedback but this was generally considered to be a small trade-off in the wider context of the innovative and friendly firm. To work at a 'large enough firm with such expertise that we have world-leading clients but small enough that as a trainee you're a genuinely integral part of the team', consider Bristows.
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