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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bristows

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...

"Follow the news closely, read the Economist, be aware of any big political, financial..."

"The firm's culture is extraordinarily open and friendly with partners being generally..."

"There are training sessions upon starting at the firm and then seminars and professional..."

"Associates and partners are very easy to talk to and will offer advice when you ask...."

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

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

"I believe our pay is on the slightly lower end of the City firms and I don't think..."

"If you work late, charging dinner and a taxi home is encouraged – everyone is keen..."

"Who would you invite to a dinner party? Competency-based questions."

"The environment committee is pretty active."

"I have many female and LGBT colleagues. The recruitment committee are very alive..."

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

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

"Calibre of work and the responsibility given to trainees."

"The firm can be a bit conservative and reactive rather than proactive."

"The reputation, people, types of work undertaken and sector focus."

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

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

"Friendly, exciting and excellent training."

"Have a more organised approach in allocating trainees to cases in the IP litigation..."

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