Bristows LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Bristows LLP
100 VICTORIA EMBANKMENT
LONDON
EC4Y 0DH
England

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Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Bristows LLP's corporate practice is well-regarded for handling transactions for life sciences and technology businesses, and the department’s client base includes a number of FTSE 100 companies. Iain Redford offers extensive experience in dealing with M&A, IPOs, financings and joint ventures within the technology and life sciences sectors. Louise Eldridge supports a wide range of companies from high-growth start-ups through to financial institutions and large global corporations. David Horner and Marek Petecki are further key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Iain Redford

Other key lawyers:

Louise Eldridge; David Horner; Marek Petecki; Matt Dennis; Richard Swaine

Testimonials

‘Very on the ball and proactive.’

‘Louise Eldridge offers a stellar service. Always on hand to assist and can get to grips with technical legal issues but dovetail that with commercial acumen.’

‘Louise Eldridge is exceptional and brings commercial sense to the table as well as good advice.’

‘Louise Eldridge is the personification of calm assuredness.’

‘The team is excellent and capable at dealing with complex transactions.’

‘Louise Eldridge is technically able and excellent at managing large complex transactions with many lawyers and third parties involved.’

‘Richard Swaine is very highly recommended and a first choice for mid-level M&A and insolvency advice.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca plc

GSK

Johnson & Johnson

WPP plc

Diageo plc

Amazon

Canon

Boeing

Oxford Sciences Enterprises PLC

Waterland Private Equity

Motion Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Baringa on the sale of its climate change scenario model to asset management firm Blackrock.
  • Assisted Waterland with the corporate aspects of a significant sale, leaseback transaction and the separate subsequent carve-out of the “Aspris” education division of the Priory Group’s business.
  • Assisted WPP on several transactions, including acquisition of enterprise AI company Satalia, ecommerce platform Cloud Commerce Group, and mobile commerce brand NN4M.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 1

Bristows LLP is ‘widely respected throughout Europe for coordinating multi-jurisdictional disputes’ and has ‘a justified reputation as one of the leading firms for IP life sciences work’. Jointly led by ‘commercially savvy’ patent litigator Liz Cohen and transactional specialist Richard Dickinson, the practice covers all facets of IP, transactional, regulatory and contentious work, regularly acting for high-profile clients including GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Teva and the University of Oxford. On the patent litigation front, other key names include Brian Cordery, the ‘technically brilliantRobert Burrows and Dominic Adair, while key contacts for transactional work include Marek Petecki and Claire Smith. Matthew Warren excels at commercial mandates and Alex Denoon leads the regulatory practice.

Practice head(s):

Liz Cohen; Richard Dickinson

Testimonials

‘Justified reputation as one of, if not the, leading firms for IP life sciences. Excellent reputation in the UK and beyond – widely respected throughout Europe for coordinating multi-jurisdictional disputes.’

‘Brian Cordery – Quite simply the leading solicitor in the UK for pharmaceutical litigation.’

‘Liz Cohen – Excellent litigator, commercially savvy, great team leader/management, unflappable and charming.’

‘Rob Burrows – Excellent litigator, technically brilliant.’

‘The team has exceptional knowledge of the life sciences space. It acts for a broad range of industry players and has a deep understanding of market practice. It is credible with the big pharma companies we deal with.’

‘Matthew Warren leads the team we work with. Matthew is thorough and dependable. He is generally available which is helpful. Matthew has worked on most of the innovative projects we have undertaken in the last few years.’

‘The Bristows team members are not only exceptionally good at a professional level, but, at the same time, very easy to talk to and discuss with. They always have an open ear for the client’s needs and are happy to brainstorm.’

‘Not only is Bristows’ advice first rate (technically and commercially), but the teams are a pleasure to work with and they are continually making my life easier as the client. They have a team of amazing professionals and are constantly looking for new ways to provide the best service for their clients – whether it is staffing, billing, information sharing etc.’

Key clients

Novartis

Teva

Johnson & Johnson

AstraZeneca

Genomics England

Sensyne Health

Smith + Nephew

GlaxoSmithKline

University of Oxford

Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmBH

Work highlights

  • Handled a Series A financing round for AviadoBio Limited.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

The ‘technically excellent and very engaging’ team at Bristows LLP provides pragmatic and commercially-focused advice’ to a range of well-known names, including Facebook, Google and WarnerMedia, on data protection matters, including litigation, data breaches and global compliance projects. Mark Watts overseas the team and is recommended for contentious data matters, recently acting for British Airways on a data protection fine filled by the ICO. Multi-jurisdictional information governance and compliance projects is the area of expertise of Christopher Millard while Marc Dautlich has extensive experience in advising on cyber and data breach incidents and the sharing of medical data. At the senior associate level, Jamie Drucker and Hannah Crowther are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Watts

Testimonials

‘Mark Watts is a real superstar. His deep technical expertise pared with a very commercial and pragmatic approach and calm and reassuring delivery are a great combination.’

‘I use Bristows for its expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors and for its unrivalled knowledge of topics, responsiveness and timeliness of its pragmatic and client-focused advice. Its lawyers take the time to get to know and understand the client’s business so they can tailor their advice to the client’s particular circumstances. They think long term and not simply about the immediate challenges. 

‘Bristows’ willingness to engage and work with us to understand our organsation’s aims and objectives makes it a fantastic partner to work with. Its pragmatic and commercially-focused advice provides confidence that we can make the best commercial decisions.’

‘Hannah Crowther is a real rising star.’ 

‘Mark Watts is one, if not the, best solicitors in the industry. Working in the space of privacy for 20 years, it’s refreshing to get insights from Mark on complex data processing arrangements and guidance on domestic challenges that are culturally driven rather than DPA or objective focused.’ 

‘The team is the complete package – they are technically excellent, but also very engaging and really make the effort to get to know the business and tailor advice accordingly.’ 

‘We have been working with Marc Dautlich for a number of years and simply cannot fault his approach to complex legal issues or the quality of his advice.’

‘We have been extremely impressed by Jamie Drucker responsiveness and the clarity with which he has advised the business on some complex matters.’ 

Key clients

British Airways

WPP

Twitter

ChargePoint

Facebook

Cargill

Google

WarnerMedia (Warner Bros, HBO, CNN)

Discord

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

ITV

Currys

Paysafe Group

Cisco Systems

General Electric

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 1

Maintaining one of the broadest patent benches, Bristows LLP is praised as ‘one of the top UK-based patent litigation firms‘ with a full-service capacity. Consistently at the forefront of the market, dealing with precedent setting cases or managing multi-jurisdictional matters, the team advises high-profile global clients in the technology and life sciences sectors on commercial, regulatory, competition, and contentious matters. Andrew Bowler and Myles Jelf co-lead the patent litigation team, which has recently seen a number of high-profile cases, including contested issues related to FRAND licensing in the telecoms sector, and patent portfolio defence and enforcement mandates relating to the blockbuster drug Gilenya. Also key within the team are life sciences patent litigator Brian Cordery, Richard Pinckney, who is a key contact for technology sector clients, Gemma Barrett, Robert Burrows, and Rachel Mumby. On the transactional side, Matthew Warren leads the practice, which also includes Claire Smith.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bowler; Myles Jelf; Matthew Warren

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bristows remains one of the top UK-based patent litigation firms. Hugely experienced partners and associates, based in a full-service firm, provide a personal first class service in a friendly and cost-effective manner.

‘A law firm that sees its team members as a family and could teach bigger international firms a great deal about how law should be practised.’

‘Myles Jelf goes from strength to strength as one of the most experienced patent litigators in the UK – with first class legal skills and an amazing ability to embrace all aspects of technology, he knows how to get the very best out of his team – and delivers fantastic results from it.’

‘Richard Pinckney has carved a real niche in the consumer products/electro-mechanical patent litigation field. Highly sought-after, he delivers on his advice.’

‘Naomi Hazenberg is fantastic and an undoubted partner and leading light of the future.’

‘They are competent, efficient and very supportive.’

‘Competency and attention to the client.’

Key clients

Novartis

ZTE

Philips

Google

Johnson & Johnson

University of Oxford

McDonalds International Property Company

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy

The Financial Times

Heineken

Takeda

Work highlights

  • Advising three top universities on a patent licensing arrangement related to the setting-up of a unique joint venture.
  • Representing IPCom in its case against Vodafone both at first instance and at the Court of Appeal.
  • Assisting Teva with three main litigation cases.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

The intellectual property practice at Bristows LLP has one of the broadest trade mark, copyright, and designs practices, which is praised for its ‘perfect combination of legal knowledge, commercial savvy, and litigation strategy’. The practice is led by a triumvirate comprised of Matthew Warren, Simon Clark, and Ian Gruselle. Clark spearheads the brand design and copyright arms of the practice, leading on high-profile passing off disputes in the entertainment and retail sectors alongside Jeremy Blum, who is praised for is ‘deep knowledge’. Gruselle maintains an enviable trade mark portfolio practice, advising big-name European and global clients alongside Paul Jordan, who also specialises in brand protection issues, specifically for print media and creative companies. The portfolio team also saw the addition of new partner Nellie Jackson, bolstering the team’s brand protection and exploitation capabilities. On the commercial side, Warren, Claire Smith and Richard Dickinson are key contacts, advising on many large-scale licensing and collaboration agreements across a variety of sectors, including the technology, luxury and branded goods industries.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Warren; Simon Clark; Ian Gruselle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent overall performance: perfect combination of legal knowledge, commercial savvy, and litigation strategy.’

‘Jeremy Blum has a wealth of experience behind him. An excellent lawyer with an extraordinary knowledge of EU/UK law.’

‘Sean Ibbetson is one of the best Senior Associates in trade mark/copyright/design right law.’

‘The practice has developed probably unequalled experience, notably in specific questions of IP law, such as litigating three-dimensional trade marks in different jurisdictions.’

‘Jeremy Blum has deep knowledge in specific areas of IP law and great organisational skills to coordinate multi-jurisdictional projects and litigation.’

‘Overall very pragmatic and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Mondelez International

Vice Media

Philips

Google

Diageo

University of Oxford

McDonalds International Property Company

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy

The Financial Times

The Guardian News and Media

WPP Group

BAFTA

FatFace

GlebeFarm

Lebara

Work highlights

  • Advising the WPP group on coordinating and managing the worldwide (except the US) trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising the Financial Times on the management of its worldwide trade mark portfolio, conducting clearance searches for new brands, filing applications to expand the protection of the FT and FINANCIAL TIMES brands around the world and to assist in the protection of new brands and products.
  • Assisting Master Moley from the early development stages of a project and through the entire lifecycle of a film special, including managing its worldwide trade mark portfolio.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Bristows LLP has a vast array of clients, including technology and telecoms companies, regulators, and purchasers of IT, such as governmental departments and financial institutions. The team demonstrates wide-ranging expertise across telecoms M&A, SaaS and outsourcing issues, and regulatory matters, and is notably strong in contentious mandates; the practice also has strengths in new and emerging technologies, advising clients on cloud issues, robotics and AI. Toby Crick has transactional and regulatory expertise and supports clients in the financial services, energy, and health sectors. Myles Jelf leads the firm’s technology litigation practice with a particular focus on antitrust and IP disputes, as well as advising clients on telecoms patent strategies. Adrian Sim is recognised for his experience in major IT and outsourcing deals, while Anna Cook specialises in outsourcing disputes and counsels users and suppliers of IT systems on risk and contract management, confidentiality and licensing disputes. Health technology is a particular strength of Chris Holder, and dispute resolution specialist Angela Fouracre is also a name of note, acting for both customers and suppliers. Robert Graham is also reputable in IT disputes.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team at Bristows is second to none in the UK technology law space. They are accessible, responsive, highly knowledgeable and experienced and are a go-to team for any complex, high value or innovative IT deal.’

‘Their understanding of the industry and therefore ability to provide tailored advice is great. They also take a pragmatic view, such that in negotiation with providers they focus on what is important and likely, rather than focusing on theoretical, pedantic legal points that have no probability of happening in practice.’

‘The team at Bristows strike the perfect balance between excellent technical legal knowledge and industry insight and experience. They are able to distil often complex legal positions into easy to digest and practical advice. The strategic value they are able to add sets them apart from their competitors.’

‘Anna Cook is one of the stars of this sector. She is always on top of client and legal issues, is always good humoured, and is a real team player with a rare skill at explaining complex technical matters.’

‘Angela Fouracre is a very good lawyer, with a keen sense for commercial and legal issues. She is a good communicator and is a joy to work with.’

‘Toby Crick is extremely knowledgeable, accessible, responsive and a pleasure to work with. He is both extremely tenacious and pragmatic when the demands of the deal necessitate it and brings a very sharp intellect and great sense of humour to his work.’

‘Adrian Sim is superb at managing complex transactions. He works tirelessly and fully invests in the whole view (not just the legal), adding real value to a transaction.’

‘Adrian Sim and Charlie Hawes are quite simply excellent. They are open, approachable, accessible and clearly have excellent market experience which is invaluable. Always a pleasure working with them.’

Key clients

Google

IBM

Amazon Web Services

Rocket

Oxford University

Thomas Miller

Reinsurance Group of America

Sony

Baringa

The Guardian

Samsung

ZTE

Eutelsat

IPCom

Ofcom

Vorboss

CityFibre

Philips N.V

Capgemini

Juniper Networks

Dixons Carphone

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Oxford on the development and global launch of a new technology platform for the analysis of mutations of Covid-19.
  • Assisting Eutelsat with an internal group reorganisation, and the sale of a direct to home satellite business.
  • Assisting CityFibre with ongoing competition law advice on a variety of matters, including its long-term wholesale network access agreements with various ISPs.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 2

Contentious work is a core strength for the broad technology sector practice at Bristows LLP, with experience in disputes ranging from major FRAND cases to competition issues to media and data protection compliance work, which the firm handles for an impressive base of high-profile household names and multinational corporates. On the non-contentious side, strengths include corporate M&A and venture capital matters, commercial IP work, and strategic and project advice for clients across the technology, media, and telecoms sectors. The offering is anchored by experienced partner Mark Watts, who has particular experience in commercial IP and data protection work. Toby Crick is a key contact for telecoms clients, where Myles Jelf is also recommended for his litigation expertise. Adrian Sim is highly recommended for financial services implementation projects, and Pat Treacy for her experience in EU competition law.

Practice head(s):

Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Bristows is second to none in the UK technology law space. They are accessible, responsive, highly knowledgeable and experienced and are our go-to team for any complex, high-value or innovative IT deals.’

‘Great expertise, very approachable.’

‘Toby Crick is extremely knowledgeable, accessible, responsive and a pleasure to work with. He is both extremely tenacious and pragmatic when the demands of the deal necessitate it and brings a very sharp intellect and great sense of humour to his work with our company.’

‘Adrian Sim is superb at managing complex transactions. He works tirelessly and fully invests in the whole view (not just the legal), adding real value to a transaction.’

Key clients

Capgemini

Thomson Reuter Foundation

Google

Cisco Systems

Facebook/ Meta

United Technologies

Spotify

Scientia Limited

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

WPP plc

Amazon / Amazon Web Services

Canon

Schibsted Media

Oxis Energy

IP Group plc

The Guardian News and Media

Vice Media

Paramount Pictures

IBM

Dropbox

Cray Supercomputers

Samsung

ZTE

Eutelsat

OnePhone

Ofcom

CityFibre

Vorboss

Philips N.V

Endless Mobile

Twitter

Work highlights

  • Defending Philips in the first “FRAND case” brought by an implementer in the UK against a patent pool and a patent owner.
  • Assisted WPP with several transactions, including its acquisitions of enterprise AI company Satalia, ecommerce platform Cloud Commerce Group, and mobile commerce brand NN4M.
  • Assisting a technology giant with multiple media disputes and a competition case in Europe.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

The corporate occupier team at London firm Bristows LLP is primarily instructed by clients in the technology, life sciences and retail sectors. In particular, the group has broad experience in the retail sector, including specialist expertise in garden centres as well as restaurants and luxury fashion outlets. It has also a strong technology practice, with Tim Allen handling headquarter transactions for significant UK tech companies. Practice head Teresa Edmund ‘s client base consists of both UK and internationally based businesses and is supported by associate Gemma Kirsch who has experience in asset management, transactions, and acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Edmund

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team were very helpful and responsive at all times.’

‘They were experts in their field and keen to help drive the deals through completion – they demonstrated great commercial awareness!’

‘They were really approachable – fast and reliable, while demonstrating pragmatism at all times. They were able to swiftly solve problems that arose in a simple manner to expedite deals.’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity Fund VII and Waterland Private Equity Fund VIII

Blue Diamond Limited

Vorboss Limited

Frontier Economics

Delice De France Limited

Dolby Europe Limited

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

TotalJobs Group

Kodak Alaris

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Flexera Software Limited

Ouronyx

ChargePoint Inc

Wowcher

NIO Nextev (UK) Limited

Priory Group

Aspris

AMRO Valentines Limited

Euronext London Limited

IP Group

IRSoft

Binary Fitness Limited

Wild Bioscience

Haitong International Securities (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Priory Group on the sale and leaseback of a portfolio of assets for consideration in excess of £800m.
  • Acting for Totaljobs Group on a range of disposals and the reorganisation of the group’s real estate assets to facilitate a corporate restructuring.
  • Acting for Blue Diamond UK Limited on the purchase of the assets and business of Mere Park Garden Centre for consideration of £5.5m.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

The practice at Bristows LLP rests firmly on its pillars of advertising, brand protection, and film/TV production where it represents clients from these sub-sectors in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Mark Watts leads the team together with Paul Jordan , a renowned expert on issues arising around advertising and brand protection. Their team includes associate Andrew Butcher who looks after clients such as The Guardian News and Media and ITV on marketing matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Watts; Paul Jordan

Other key lawyers:

Mark Brown; Myles Jelf; Simon Clark; Richard Dickinson; Nellie Jackson; Greg Ruback; Andrew Butcher; Toby Headdon

Testimonials

‘The media and entertainment team at Bristows combines the best of in-depth practice area knowledge with pragmatic, client-focused advice. They are a fantastic extension of our in-house legal team, and whenever I reach out to them, it always makes life easier.’

‘I value the practical nature of the advice the team gives (Paul Jordan, Andrew Butcher and Sean Ibbetson). With their wealth of experience, most questions can be handled with a quick call.’

Key clients

The Financial Times Limited

Independent Digital News

Media Limited

Lebedev Holdings Limited

The Guardian News and Media

Spotify

Paramount Pictures

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

ITV

Master Moley Ltd

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS

Euromoney plc

Work highlights

  • Managing The Guardian’s worldwide trade mark portfolio, advising on global filing strategy and using and protecting their marks and online content.
  • Providing routine advertising copy clearance support to the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising’s member agencies.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2

Bristows LLP’s fully integrated team of attorneys and solicitors handles the full range of trade mark mandates, from brand creation with clearance searches to brand protection and global portfolio management, as well as opposition proceedings before the UKIPO and cancellation actions. The team, which is well-placed to leverage the firm’s international footprint when acting in multi-jurisdictional disputes, welcomed Nellie Jackson from Birketts LLP in July 2021, who has experience in brand protection and enforcement matters, in addition to trade mark portfolio management. Ian Gruselle, who has experience representing clients before the UKIPO and the EUIPO, leads the trade mark practice, while Simon Clark heads up the brands, design and copyright group. The team has demonstrable capability across a range of sectors, including the publishing, food and beverage, health, hospitality, fashion and retail industries.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gruselle; Simon Clark

Other key lawyers:

Nellie Jackson; Jeremy Blum; Jennifer Noel; Stephanie Taylor; Abigail Wise; Paul Jordan

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of trade mark law and how that applies to practical commercial situations.’

‘Lead partner Jeremy Blum is an astute and very practical partner, who understood the commercial landscape and gave useful advice.’

Key clients

Mondelez International (including Cadbury, Kraft, Oreo, Kenco, Carte Noire, Milka and Halls).

Glasses Direct

Diageo

Edgewell (Wilkinson Sword)

Dior

The Guardian News and Media

WPP Group

The Financial Times Ltd

BAFTA

PolarSeal

Lebara Ltd

Work highlights

  • Managing the Guardian Media Group worldwide trade mark portfolio since 2017.
  • Coordinating and managing the worldwide (except US) trade mark portfolio of the WPP group.
  • Managing the worldwide trade mark portfolio of the Financial Times.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 3

Bristows LLP’s ‘excellent knowledge of the life sciences and technology space’ attracts a high-profile roster of clients including Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Facebook. Matthew Warren and Toby Crick lead the practice, which covers the full range of contractual work from large business-critical transactions to daily operational contracts. The group also bolsters its commercial expertise with experience in the commercialisation of IP rights, competition-related work and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Warren; Toby Crick

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge in the life sciences and technology space. Team is reliable and strong at all levels. I enjoy working with the team.’

‘Matthew Warren knows his stuff and is involved in a wide variety of life science transactions. He is very reliable.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Diageo

Guardian News & Media

AstraZeneca

De Beers

Oxford University

Genomics England

Facebook

Anglo American

Aston Martin

Novartis

Work highlights

  • Acted for the tech transfer subsidiaries of the three academic institutions (Imperial College Innovations, UCL Business, Cambridge Enterprise) and for IP2IPO Innovations, an IP Group company, in the revision of the Apollo Therapeutics partnership.
  • Advised high precision metrology and healthcare technology group Renishaw in relation to a complex international deal, with Swedish company Nova Diamant.
  • Assisted Six Continents (Intercontinental Hotels) with the creation of a commercial template for cooperation with its preferred brands and suppliers for events and meetings.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Bristows LLP 'stands out as a high-end, mid-market litigation firm'.  The commercial and technology disputes team has enviable litigation experience in the technology, life sciences, industrial and consumer products sectors; and its specialisms include contractual matters, commercial law and confidentiality issues. The key figures are life sciences, pharma and digital content disputes expert Mark Brown; and Anna Cook, who acts in disputes arising from commercial contracts, software and large-scale technology projects. Also key to the team are Angela Fouracre, who handles commercial contract-related disputes; of counsel Robert Graham, an expert in technology contract-related claims; and 'outstanding senior associate' Westley Walker.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bristows stands out as a high-end, mid-market litigation firm determined to add value for clients. From the point of view of a barrister instructed by them, it provides some of the best, most focused sets of instructions that I see – and this has happened often enough for it not to be a one-off. The team is also very outcome-driven, and sensitive to clients’ commercial goals and needs.’

‘Mark Brown and Angela Fouracre are both excellent.’

‘Mark Brown gets the very best from his excellent associates.’

‘Angela Fouracre has a huge wealth of knowledge in IT disputes. She thinks around all aspects of a dispute, and is an important adviser not only on the law but also on wider strategic and commercial considerations.’

‘Anna Cook is a highly experienced IT disputes lawyer, who knows the implementation, outsourcing and software licensing markets extremely well. Anna has a very engaging manner, is great with clients, and often disarms opponents.

‘Anna Cook thinks deeply about strategy, and offers very clear and sound advice on why we should take certain actions. She is able to gain a good understanding of complex issues quickly and presents the arguments effectively in court documents. Like her colleagues at Bristows, she is very easy to work with.’

Of counsel Robert Graham is one to watch – exceptionally bright, very knowledgeable on technology and related IP rights, and pragmatic and focused.

‘Westley Walker is an outstanding senior associate, who has an exceptional eye for detail, strong communication skills and sound judgement.’

Key clients

Capgemini

Google

Ofcom

WPP Group

Collins Aerospace

Raytheon Technologies

LG Electronics

Spotify

Vorboss

Systagenix

What’s Running

Rocket Software BV

Disclosure and Barring Service

ITV

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 3

Lauded by clients for its ‘experienced, thoughtful and brilliant‘ capabilities at the intersection of IP and competition litigation, Bristows LLP is particularly well regarded for its technology and life sciences acumen. The ‘fantasticSophie Lawrance draws superlative praise from various blue-chip clients, which turn to her for representation in consumer technology and pharmaceutical sector proceedings. ‘Exceptional‘ practice co-chair Stephen Smith is an experienced advocate who acts for companies in a range of settings, before a number of regulatory agencies, while senior associate Edwin Bond focuses chiefly on technology, pharmaceuticals, and consumer electronics cases. Pat Treacy is now a senior counsel and part-time deputy High Court judge.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Smith; Sophie Lawrance

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Bristows team is probably the best in the business when it comes to competition litigation in a pharmaceutical or broader IP space. The patent and competition lawyers work seamlessly together. The competition litigators are experienced, thoughtful and brilliant. These are the people you want on the most difficult or important cases.’

‘Sophie Lawrance is one of the finest competition lawyers in the City. Her analysis is always spot on. She is a fine advocate – both in writing and orally in regulatory hearings. And she can always be relied on to give accurate advice, which she then distils into the right tactical move for the clients to achieve their aims.’

‘Bristows have a particular understanding of both competition and litigation matters which give them an edge when engaging in litigation. They understand the complexities of the relationship between competition law and judicial review which is rare in the field.’

‘Steve Smith is an exceptional competition litigator. He has a wealth of experience which he brings to bear in litigation, quickly understanding both the legal issues and client needs. Steve is honest and pragmatic in his assessments, allowing clients to understand the risks as well as providing high quality analysis and drafting.’

‘As well as its core competition litigation expertise, Bristows brings a deep sectoral knowledge to bear on all issues it advises on. Very attuned to market developments, the team is able to provide highly tailored and insightful advice. Its long-term relationships with clients is a testament to how highly regarded the team is.’

‘Sophie Lawrance has a fantastic understanding of all issues on the competition law/intellectual property interface. Always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Sophie Lawrance gives excellent concise advice. She and her team are very responsive and user friendly.’

Key clients

Abingdon Health Plc

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

British Generic Manufacturers Association

Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA

CityFibre

Google

IPCom GmbH Co KG

Morningside

Philips

Samsung Electronics Co Limited

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

ZTE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Google in UK litigation brought by comparison shopping site Foundem. The claim is for damages estimated by the claimant to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
  • Advising CityFibre in its appeal in the Competition Appeal Tribunal against a decision by UK telecoms provider Ofcom approving a BT Openreach discounted pricing structure on its full fibre to the premises rental and connection products.
  • Advising Abingdon Health as an interested party in judicial review proceedings brought by the Good Law Project against the Government for alleged breaches of procurement law and the granting of state aid.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 3

Bristows LLP has expertise in AI, robotics, distributed ledger technologies and blockchain. The client base ranges from fintechs and challenger banks, investors, SMEs, academic institutions through to banks and large multinationals. Practice head Louise Eldridge undertakes M&A, venture capital investment transactions and joint ventures for clients in the fintech sector. Elridge also has particular expertise in blockchain and DLT, digital transformation, regtech and insurtech mandates. The duo of Toby Crick and Marc Dautlich are also recognised as key members of the team, with the latter focusing on matters at the intersection of technology and data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Louise Eldridge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Exceptional practice, well motivated, and proactive.’

‘Louise Eldridge is exceptional, really on top of her game.’

‘Toby Crick is the perfect blend of technology geek, legal expert, genuine understanding of commercial interest of the business, delivery of advice in a form which I need.’

Key clients

Quant Networks

Optal Financial ltd

Littlepay

Eigen technologies

Latent Logic

Core Logic

Aspen Insurance

Adthena

ISB Global

The Guardian

Isle of Man Enterprises Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Baringa Partners on two related IT matters: developing a set of templates for the commercialisation of Baringa’s climate change risk modelling technology, and the sale of its climate change scenario model to leading asset management firm BlackRock.
  • Advised Aspen on a wide range of IT procurement needs including multi-million IT procurement and seven figure savings in software licence matters.
  • Advised longstanding client Isle of Man Enterprises Plc and its grocery retail business on its ongoing digital transformation programme integrating a wide range of fintech products and services throughout the business, to overhaul legacy systems with new innovative tech and fintech solutions.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 3

The ‘outstanding’ team at Bristows LLP is notable for providing extensive reputation advisory services to high-profile tech and media clients. Practice head Alex Keenlyside has a wealth of media and data protection litigation experience, regularly acting for the largest players in the tech space including Google and Meta. Specialist Mark Watts leads the firm’s data protection team and handles a range of data and privacy matters for numerous multinational traditional media publishers. Associate Victoria Baron is also recommended for her experience advising on intermediary liability, defamation, misuse of private information, and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Alex Keenlyside

Other key lawyers:

Mark Watts; Victoria Baron; Toby Headdon

Testimonials

‘One of the very few firms able to offer legal advice across the entire reputation management spectrum, from defamation to data privacy. An established player in the data protection sector, the addition of Alex Keenlyside as a partner gives them real weight in the reputation management field.’

‘Alex Keenlyside has rapidly established himself as a star partner in this sector. He has unparalleled experience of acting for both major tech companies and is also trusted and admired by major clients and actors in the media sector. Hugely liked by clients, he gives impeccably judged and commercially savvy advice across the board’

‘An outstanding team led by Alex Keenlyside. Outstanding technical ability coupled with first rate people skills and exceptional practical outcomes. This is a rare team with quality from top to bottom. The associates and trainees are as outstanding as the partners at the very top. This means cases can be run practically and sensibly leading to excellent results. Definitely one of the go to firms for organisations in the media and tech field facing complex and challenging litigation in the reputation management area.’

‘Alex Keenlyside is a brilliant leader who is always popular with clients. Very clear, very precise, very calm, he has brilliantly astute knowledge and always thinks 360 degrees through a problem. Highly recommended.’

‘Victoria Baron is an outstanding associate. Switched on, very focussed and strong attention to detail. Always a plesaure to work with. Definitely one to watch.’

‘Excellent depth of technical and market knowledge in relation to new media eg online platforms, search engines etc make Bristows an obvious choice for online reputation management issues.’

‘The Bristows reputation management team is small but experienced and has the advantage of being able to offer cross-expertise to other Bristows specialist departments such as data protection, copyright and IT generally. In the internet age that is very valuable.’

‘The two members of Bristows I dealt with, Toby Headdon and Alex Keenlyside, were very experienced, professional and very calm (without being detached). They gave clear analysis of the facts and always offered solutions. They were very quick with any required follow up work.’

Key clients

Google

Meta (Facebook)

Twitter

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Twofour Broadcast (an ITV subsidiary)

LSE

Raedas

Xandr

British Airways

Park Now

Yell

PRI Association (UN-backed ethical investment advisory body)

ITV

British Psychological Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for Google in two highly complex claims brought by an Iranian billionaire, Ali Ansari, in separate divisions of the High Court.
  • Advised Google Ireland Limited in relation to a threatened claim by an MP regarding allegedly defamatory content appearing in an Ad.
  • Advising new client Raedas in respect of a contentious subject access request made by a high net worth individual and political figure in the context of a series of complicated international disputes.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

With longstanding expertise in the technology and life sciences sectors, Bristows LLP‘s team, which works across London and Brussels,  is regularly drafted in to advise on complex matters at the intersection between IP and competition law. The team is led jointly by the ‘simply excellentStephen Smith and technology and pharmaceutical sector expert Sophie Lawrance .  It is able to offer a full range of advice on everything from strategic transactions, to EU and UK competition investigations and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Smith; Sophie Lawrance

Other key lawyers:

Edwin Bond; Sean-Paul Brankin; Matthew Hunt

Testimonials

‘Highly approachable team who can break down complex legal concepts into plain English. Very responsive. You feel you are in safe hands.’

‘Stephen Smith is simply excellent. He just gets it and gets on with it.

‘As well as its core EU and competition expertise, Bristows brings a deep sectoral knowledge to bear on all issues it advises on. Very attuned to market developments, the team is able to provide highly tailored and insightful advice. Its long-term relationships with clients is a testament to how highly regarded the team is.’

‘Sophie Lawrance has a fantastic understanding of all issues on the competition law/intellectual property interface. Always a pleasure to deal with. Steve Smith is a great asset to the Bristows team: approachable, knowledgeable and always willing to spend time to get to know his clients’ businesses. Sean-Paul Brankin has a solid understanding of merger control, and is able to deliver very pragmatic advice.’

‘Matthew Hunt is really smart and super helpful.’

Key clients

Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries

Baringa Partners LLP

British Brands Group

CityFibre

Designers Guild Limited

Google

Hunter Douglas NV

Morningside

Ocado Retail Limited

Oxford University Press

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

Wayfair

ZTE

Work highlights

  • Advised Hunter Douglas on all aspects of the CMA’s in-depth Phase 2 review into its acquisition of 247 Home Furnishings Limited.
  • Advising CityFibre on the competition law aspects of numerous proposed acquisitions and in respect of Ofcom’s review of BT Openreach’s proposed new pricing scheme for new fibre to the premises connections.
  • Advising generic pharmaceutical company Morningside in a 4-year CMA Chapter I investigation, leading to a case closure (with no finding of infringement) in 2021.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 6

Bristows LLP is particularly strong in the technology and life sciences sector, with aptitude for the full range of domestic and international transactions. Practice head Miranda Cass has more than 30 years’ experience covering tax aspects of M&A, structuring, and employment. Senior associate Julia Cockroft has expertise in estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Miranda Cass

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hugely user-friendly and hands-on.’

‘Miranda Cass offers practical and honest advice. Technically excellent and a wonderful person to boot!’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity

The Francis Crick Institute

WPP plc

AstraZeneca plc

Diageo

Blue Diamond

NuCana PLC

UCL Business

Blue Diamond

Baringa

Stada

Capgemini

IXICO PLC

OMass Therapeutics Ltd

Motion Equity Partners

AviadoBio Limited

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Adthena

Deep Matter PLC

Plan International

PRI Association

Abingdon Health

Wild Bioscience Limited

Frontier Economics

Orca Computing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the acquisition of The Priory Group for over £1 billion and subsequent refinancing and education division reorganisation.
  • Advised Baringa on the sale of its climate change scenario model (CCSM) to leading asset management firm BlackRock.
  • Advised UCL Business, Cambridge Enterprise, Imperial Innovations and IP Group on the revision of the Apollo Therapeutics Partnership, a unique joint venture originally set up with three major pharmaceutical companies.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

Combining a ‘strong grasp of the relevant substantive law with pragmatic and business-focused advice’, Bristows LLP is well-versed at advising investee and investor stakeholders, on mandates throughout the investment life cycle, particularly in the firm's sector specialisms. Marek Petecki ‘knows the VC and life sciences industry inside out’ and is a key practitioner within the team that also includes the ‘fantastic’ David Horner, who is particularly adept at advising on university spin-out mandates. Iain Redford heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Iain Redford

Other key lawyers:

Marek Petecki; Matt Dennis; David Horner; Sophie Rees; Nick Cross; Emma Charlton

Testimonials

They combine a strong grasp of the relevant substantive law with the pragmatic and business-focused advice critical for successful venture capital transactions.’

‘They have a strong understanding of the market trends for deal structure and terms, which is extremely important in negotiating venture deals.’

Exceptionally pragmatic, thorough and a delight to work with.’

Marek Petecki – hands-on, commercial outlook, knows the VC and life sciences industry inside out.’

The fantastic David Horner is very approachable and speedy with appropriate, well thought out solutions.’

Nick Cross provides an exceptional service and value for money.’

 

Key clients

Diageo

Syncona

Johnson & Johnson Innovations

Braavos Capital

Oxford Sciences Enterprises plc

UCL Business

Francis Crick Institute

IP Group plc

Abingdon Health

Oxehealth

Synthetic Gestalt

LifeArc

DeepMatter

Work highlights

  • Advised Johnson & Johnson on a Series A round for AviadoBio.
  • Advised Orca Computing on a Series A financing provided by Octopus Ventures.
  • Advising the lead investor on a $32.5m Series A financing of vaccine development company, SpyBiotech.

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Bristows LLP expanded its international employment and global mobility expertise with the arrival of practice head Gareth Wadley (from Gateley Plc) together with of counsel Lizzie Field in late 2021. The team, which also includes of counsel Justin Costley, works alongside its corporate department to lend its complementary expertise in TUPE and employment related aspects of large outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Wadley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Informed, pragmatic advice based on quick and effective resolution rather than prolonged attack or defence and tribunals.’

‘Justin Costley aims to achieve simple, practical solutions that enable both business and employee to move forward. He’s communicative but keeps to the point and there has never been any sense that things are being done for the sake of it or for additional billing.’

Key clients

Capgemini UK plc

Genomics England Limited

IXICO plc

WPP

Blue Diamond

Flexera Software Limited

OMass Therapeutics Limited

Optal Financial Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised WPP on the employment aspects arising from its acquisition of Satalia.
  • Advise Baringa Partners on all of its local and international employment matters and its global expansion plans.
  • Advised Cashplus on all of the employment and HR issues and considerations arising from its banking licence approval and application of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime.

We are Bristows, the world’s leading specialist law firm for clients that innovate.

We are a London 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 often 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing partner Stephen Smith
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 Iain Redford
Commercial contracts Matthew Warren
Commercial litigation Mark Brown
Commercial litigation Angela Fouracre
Copyright and digital business Simon Clark
Copyright and digital business Myles Jelf
Corporate Iain Redford
Dispute Resolution Mark Brown
Employment Gareth Wadley
EU and competition Sophie Lawrance
EU and competition Stephen Smith
Information technology Toby Crick
International arbitration Mark Brown
International arbitration Jeremy Blum
IP and commercial transactions Claire Smith
IP and commercial transactions Matthew Warren
IP and patent litigation Andrew Bowler
IP and patent litigation Myles Jelf
IT disputes Anna Cook
IT disputes Angela Fouracre
Life sciences Richard Dickinson
Life sciences Liz Cohen
Outsourcing Chris Holder
Privacy and data protection Mark Watts
Privacy and data protection Marc Dautlich
Public sector Adrian Sim
Public sector Chris Holder
Publishing, defamation and media Mark Brown
Publishing, defamation and media Alex Keenlyside
Real estate Teresa Edmund
Real estate Tim Allen
Real estate investment & funds Iain Redford
Regulatory (Life Sciences and IP) Alex Denoon
Life Sciences Regulatory Xisca Borrás
Tax Miranda Cass
Telecommunications Toby Crick
Trade mark portfolio Ian Gruselle
Venture capital Louise Eldridge
Venture capital Iain Redford
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Dominic Adair photo Dominic AdairDominic specialises in contentious intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on patent…
Tim Allen photo Tim AllenTim has a broad range of transactional commercial real estate experience acting…
Gregory Bacon photoDr Gregory BaconGreg is an experienced IP lawyer with a particular focus on patent…
Victoria Baron photo Victoria BaronVictoria joined Bristows’ media disputes team in February 2021. She regularly advises…
Gemma Barrett photo Gemma BarrettGemma is an experienced patent specialist with a focus on advising clients…
Jeremy Blum photo Jeremy BlumJeremy is an IP specialist and has advised on many contentious matters.…
Edwin Bond photo Edwin BondEdwin is a senior associate in Bristows’ competition team. He advises businesses…
Robert Bond photo Robert BondRobert has over 40 years of experience as a legal expert and…
James Boon photoDr James BoonJames specialises in contentious IP matters. He has a breadth of experience…
Andrew Bowler photo Andrew BowlerAndy is joint head of patent litigation at Bristows. Andy’s advice covers…
Mark Brown photo Mark BrownMark has over 25 years’ experience handling complex contract and tort disputes…
Robert Burrows photoDr Robert BurrowsRobert specialises in patent litigation. He has a PhD in molecular genetics…
Andrew Butcher photo Andrew ButcherAndy trained with Bristows and qualified into the Brands, Designs & Copyright…
Miranda Cass photo Miranda CassMiranda is a corporate tax specialist with over 30 years’ experience. Miranda…
Simon Clark photo Simon ClarkSimon specialises in copyright and design rights, database rights, trade marks, passing…
Julia Cockroft photo Julia CockroftSenior Associate in the tax team, Julia has over eight years’ experience…
Liz Cohen photo Liz CohenLiz is a highly experienced and well regarded IP specialist with a…
Anna Cook photo Anna CookAnna is an experienced commercial litigator specialising in disputes relating to software…
Brian Cordery photo Brian CorderyBrian specialises in intellectual property dispute resolution with a focus on patent…
Justin Costley photo Justin CostleyJustin is Of Counsel and co-head of Bristows’ employment law team. His…
Toby Crick photo Toby CrickToby is a partner in Bristows’ IT & digital team. He advises…
Hannah Crowther photo Hannah CrowtherHannah advises on all areas of data protection and privacy law, helping…
Marc Dautlich photo Marc DautlichMarc is a technology specialist with over 25 years’ experience gained in…
Matt Dennis photo Matt DennisMatt is a partner in the Corporate group. He has over 30…
Alex Denoon photo Alex DenoonAlex is passionate about the Life Sciences sector and advises about regulatory…
Richard Dickinson photo Richard DickinsonRichard is a partner in the commercial IP team where his practice…
Jamie Drucker photo Jamie DruckerJamie specialises in data protection and privacy law. Jamie’s practice includes advising…
Teresa Edmund photo Teresa EdmundTeresa is head of Bristows’ real estate practice and has many years’…
Louise Eldridge photo Louise EldridgeLouise advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including…
Lizzie Field photo Lizzie FieldLizzie is an employment law and immigration law specialist with an expertise…
Angela Fouracre photo Angela FouracreAngela is a dispute resolution specialist with particular expertise in advising on…
Ian Gruselle photo Ian GruselleIan is a Partner at Bristows and head of the trade mark…
Naomi Hazenberg photo Naomi HazenbergNaomi specialises in contentious intellectual property matters. Whilst she advises on a…
Chris Holder photo Chris HolderChris is an experienced commercial IT lawyer who was one of the…
David Horner photo David HornerDavid is a corporate lawyer who advises on a wide range of…
Nellie Jackson photo Nellie JacksonNellie joined Bristows as a partner in July 2021 and is part…
Myles Jelf photoDr Myles JelfMyles is Joint Head of the patent litigation department. He specialises in…
Paul Jordan photo Paul JordanPaul is a Partner in the Intellectual Property department specialising in advertising…
Alex Keenlyside photo Alex KeenlysideAlex is an experienced litigator specialising in contentious media and data protection…
Vik Khurana photo Vik KhuranaVik is a commercial technology lawyer, advising clients in a diverse range…
Gemma Kirsch photo Gemma KirschProviding clear, practical and commercial advice, Gemma is an experienced member of…
Sophie Lawrance photoMs Sophie LawranceSophie specialises in EU and UK competition law and litigation. Sophie has…
Christopher Millard photoProfessor Christopher MillardChristopher has over 35 years’ experience in technology law, both in academia…
Rachel Mumby photo Rachel MumbyRachel is a patent litigator with over ten years’ experience in advising…
Jennifer Noel photo Jennifer NoelJennifer deals with all trade mark issues. She has many years’ experience…
Marek Petecki photo Marek PeteckiMarek is a partner in the Corporate Practice. He advises companies and…
Richard Pinckney photo Richard PinckneyRichard specialises in IP disputes with a focus on patent litigation and…
Iain Redford photo Iain RedfordIain has extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, debt and equity…
Greg Ruback photo Greg RubackGreg is a specialist lawyer in the film and television sector, having…
Adrian Sim photo Adrian SimAdrian is an information technology specialist who has market-leading experience advising clients…
Stephen Smith photo Stephen SmithStephen has 20 years’ experience advising across a broad range of EU…
Claire Smith photo Claire SmithClaire specialises in commercial and intellectual property transactions, most notably in the…
Pat Treacy photo Pat TreacyPat has specialised in EU law and competition law  since the 1980s,…
Gareth Wadley photo Gareth WadleyGareth is a partner and head of the Bristows employment team. He…
Westley Walker photo Westley WalkerWestley is a dispute resolution lawyer with substantial experience advising clients on…
Paul Walsh photo Paul WalshPaul is an industry-acknowledged leader in all aspects of brands law. He…
Matthew Warren photo Matthew WarrenMatthew is the head of Bristows’ Commercial IP group and advises on…
Mark Watts photoDr Mark WattsMark is a technology specialist with over 20 years’ experience. He advises…
Number of UK partners : 44
Number of other UK fee-earners : 190

We are really proud of our long-standing positive attitude, commitment and approach towards inclusion and diversity 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 believe it has played a key part in our success over the years.

Here are some examples of our current and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion:

  • The firm is a long standing signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, the IP Inclusive Charter and the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Our Inclusion Group is headed by three partners and has an active, diverse membership from all areas of the firm. Every year we review our Inclusion Plan for the firm, implemented through the Inclusion Group. We report progress against the plan to all staff every year at the AGM
  • We have had an LGBT+ and allies network within the firm for several years – the Turing Network (4% of the staff, including some of our partners, identify as LGBT+)
  • We work closely with Aspiring Solicitors – an organisation dedicated to assisting people from underrepresented groups in their efforts to join the legal profession
  • Our graduate recruitment team use the Rare contextual recruitment system to support applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds who may otherwise be overlooked in the recruitment process
  • 25% of our full equity partnership are women and half of our senior management team are women. In 2020 we opened a firm-wide channel to discuss and share all relevant issues and information, with the launch of the firm’s Women’s Network
  • Our internal partner promotions have had a 50/50 gender balance for the past several years and expect this to continue
  • We are signatories to the PRIME initiative, aimed at improving access to and socio-economic diversity within the legal profession. We also work with various further education careers services to support and encourage STEM students
  • The firm joined the NOTICED network in 2022 – an inter-firm network focused on the experiences of ethnically diverse people in the legal sector.
  • We are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme and the inter-firm LGBT network LeGal BesT, which supports our work in LGBTQ+ inclusion
  • The firm’s Working Families and Carers network offers a space for people with caring responsibilities to support each other and feed into the firm’s family-friendly policies and ways of working