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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"Tech-focused, friendly."
9.5 / 10
Formal Training
8.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.8 / 10
8.5 / 10
8.2 / 10
8.3 / 10
Pro Bono
7.2 / 10


  • The flat hierarchy means that trainees can ask people of any level for help and advice.
  • There’s a very social atmosphere and many social events are organised.
  • Fair credit and recognition is given for work carried out by people at all levels in the firm.
  • Diversity and equality are seen as important issues in the firm’s culture.


  • Some trainees would like more opportunities for overseas placements.
  • While it is improving, the options for flexible working are limited.
  • Salary is seen as being at the lower end of the market.
  • It can take a while for changes to come in and the firm doesn’t always feel proactive.

What insiders say about...

"The interview represents Bristows really: it is friendly, they're not trying to catch..."

"Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful. There is a hierarchy but not in an intimidating..."

"Various legal presentations. I've also undertaken soft skills training such as networking..."

"There is a formal mentoring scheme but it's up to the mentor and mentee how often..."

"The location and architecture of the office is great, as are the facilities. Some..."

"Average hours are probably around 9.00 am – 7.00 pm. There is no face-time culture..."

"We don't get the big pay checks provided at other firms but we certainly don't have..."

"The Unilever shop being downstairs and hugely discounted Ben and Jerry's as well..."

"There were scenario questions and then questions about me as a person. They can be..."

"There is a CSR team focused on environmental initiatives."

"One of the most diverse firms in terms of male/female ratios (including on the partnership..."

"In my current department I have a lot of responsibility for an important piece of..."

"Plenty of charity initiatives but I have not been given any opportunity for pro bono..."

"Working for industry-leading clients."

"There are limited chances to work abroad."

"Its strength in all matters IP, its friendliness and a workshop (Bristows' version..."

"Generally good, but who knows what it will be like for our year group?"

"We have some random initiatives, such as an annual seed give-away. We're encouraged..."

"Friendly, smart and techie."

"To improve communication. At times it feels like we're needlessly being kept in the..."

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