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The firm:

Bristows is an independent full service law firm that has advised innovative clients since its inception in 1837. For over 180 years, the Bristows name has represented a rigorous intellectual approach to law, as well as a practical understanding of the ever-changing demands of business.

Today the firm brings together a diverse collection of talent to deliver high-quality advice, working with world-leading clients across its key sectors, including technology, life sciences, and consumer products. The firm offers an unusually deep knowledge of the industries it serves – a high proportion of Bristows’ lawyers have specialist technology and life sciences backgrounds: technical degrees, PhDs, and practical experience working in industries such as IT, media, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and biotech.

Bristows clients include new entrants as well as established businesses from the UK, Europe, North America and the Far East, across the full range of legal disciplines. Much of the firms’ work is cross-border, as Bristows works alongside leading US legal practices and independent firms in European jurisdictions and East Asia, to provide an integrated international service to clients as required.

The firm has an enviable reputation for collegiality and team working. It has rejected billable hour targets for its lawyers (including partners) so as to encourage teamwork and increase the focus on the quality and value of the service it provides to its clients from its offices in London and Brussels.

Types of work undertaken: With market-leading strength in IP and technology, the firm has generated unparalleled expertise in litigation, corporate/commercial transactions and legal advisory work for businesses with significant IP and technology assets.

Recruitment: Bristows recruits outstanding trainee solicitors each year and boasts a 100% retention rate for 2018. The long-term prospects are excellent and many of the firm’s present partners trained with Bristows. Applicants from all academic disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply and scientific degrees are particularly relevant for certain areas. In-house training is comprehensive and many trainees and associates spend time on secondment at client companies, including Google, McDonald’s, Capgemini, Novartis, Sony and WPP.


  • Number of UK partners: 40
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 174

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