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8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 10 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, smart and techie."
9.5 / 10
Formal Training
8.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.8 / 10
8.4 / 10
7.8 / 10
8.7 / 10
Pro Bono
6.9 / 10


  • The office building, location and layout are all seen as being very good by trainees.
  • There’s a very sociable atmosphere and the lack of billable hours targets stops things being too competitive.
  • Fair credit and recognition are given for work carried out by people at all levels in the firm.
  • Trainees are able to maintain a good work/life balance as they do not have to work unreasonable hours.


  • Some trainees would like more opportunities for overseas placements.
  • While good feedback is given, some trainees would like for it to be more frequent.
  • The salary is seen as being at the lower end of the market.
  • Some would like more flexibility and input regarding their seat choices.

What insiders say about...

"The impression made in interviews are key. The interviewers want to see that they..."

"The culture of the firm is very friendly and collaborative, I have never felt afraid..."

"I like the fact that we can do a mixture of three- and six-month seats as this gives..."

"Both solicitors and partners are very accessible, although it does depend on the..."

"It's a modern office behind a stunning stone facade opposite Blackfriars station...."

"I start at 9.00 am and usually finish at 7.00 pm. I've only worked past 8.00 pm about..."

"We don't have billable targets and related bonuses. It makes for a good ethos at..."

"The perks are pretty standard: health insurance, dental, somewhat subsidised gym..."

"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..."

"Day-to-day responsibilities can be quite admin-focused but teams are small so interesting..."

"I have not been involved in any personally but I know that the firm does do pro bono..."

"The quality of work, the people and the environment."

"It can sometimes take a while to receive feedback."

"I knew that I was interested in an intellectual property firm so Bristows was a natural..."

"Very good. Most trainees are kept on."

"We sponsor a bee-hive in central London."

"Quirky, friendly, supportive, responsive."

"Opportunities for international secondments."

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