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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.

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.

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • City
Practice Areas
  • Competition & EU
  • Tax
  • Intellectual Property
  • Information Technology
  • Corporate & Financing
  • Commercial & Technology Disputes
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory
  • Media & Marketing
  • Employment
Head quartersLondon
Number of Offices2
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
Location of Major International Offices
  • Brussels
No of Partners43
No of Lawyers100
Managing PartnerMarek Petecki and Liz Cohen

Training Contracts

Training Contracts

Each year we ask up to ten graduates to join our team.  We are looking for the future partners of the firm.  As part of a select and high-calibre intake, we will give you real responsibility earlier than you might expect.

During the two-year training contract you will spend time in each of our main departments, including a guaranteed 6-month seat in IP Litigation.  Trainees also have the opportunity to go on a 3-month client secondment.

No of Trainees / Yr10
  • London
Sponsorship - LPCYes
Sponsorship - GDLYes
LPC / GDL Provider
  • BPP
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Partner Interview
  • Written Exercise
  • Video Interview
  • Analysis Exercise
Vacation Scheme Requirement?
  • No (not a requirement of TC application)
Compulsory Seats
  • IP
Secondment Seats3-Month Client Secondment

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We run a series of workshops in place of vacation schemes.  The workshops are structured to give you an insight into the firm and the work we do.  You will take part in interactive sessions, case studies and presentations throughout the day, as well as having the opportunity to network with employees across all areas of the firm.

Applications for the 2020/21 workshops are now open.

IP Workshop #1 (deadline 1 November 2020) – 18 November 2020

IP Workshop #2 (deadline 1 November 2020) – 26 November 2020

IP Workshop for Scientist and Engineers (deadline 1 November 2020) – 2 December 2020

IP Workshop for 1st Year Undergraduates (deadline 28 February 2021) – 31 March 2021

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