I applied to Bristows after attending an Open Day hosted for Scientists and Engineers, an event that highlights the firm’s continued commitment to diversity and its one of a kind legal practice. Due to Bristows’ longstanding reputation for excellence within Intellectual Property Law, alongside a culture that values quality and sustainability through work-life balance, it has proved an excellent place to work and train.
The firm’s sector expertise in Life Sciences and Technology Media & Telecommunications spreads across its many legal departments. So far I have had the opportunity to work with the Commercial, Technology & Copyright Disputes team and the Competition and Regulatory team for 6 months apiece, and have just started a 6 month period working with the Patent Litigation team.
The work is often fast-paced and intellectually stimulating. It has included conducting legal research on points of practice and technical complexity, advising clients at various stages of litigation, and attending meetings with experts to better appreciate the interaction between the commercial, legal and technical motivations underpinning decisions. On one occasion I was able to visit the new Brussels Office and the European institutions, where the Competition Team has a growing influence. On another I took part in a Business Development “Crystal Maze” challenge event – where the Bristows team emerged victorious.
One of the best things about working at the firm is its commitment to individuals’ continual professional development. There are a number of formal seminars and informal interest groups to take part in. For example, the Technology Interest group recently held a breakfast event discussing the public perception and roles of AI going forward into Industry 4.0. Similarly, the firm also hosted an Inn Group Seminar with speaker Justin Turner QC discussing the role of experiments within litigation.
Most importantly Bristows is a collaborative place to work; with an abundance of sports teams, choirs, social and charity committee events on offer for firm-wide involvement, there is plenty to contribute towards.