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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bristows

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"Quirky, friendly, supportive, responsive."
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..."

"There is a very open-door culture and partners are very accessible. At some firms..."

"Our training programme has recently improved with more departmental training on specific..."

"The firm has a good mentoring programme where each trainee is partnered with a senior..."

"The office building is very impressive and in a good location. The offices themselves..."

"Normal hours for a trainee are 9.00 am – 6.30 pm. Obviously, this increases around..."

"Firm offers a discretionary bonus, which is at the same percentage of salary for..."

"Discount Unilever products from the Unilever shop downstairs, including Ben and ..."

"I was asked lots of questions about myself and also about the Scottish referendum...."

"The environment committee is pretty active."

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

"The work I've done has ranged from assisting with case management to drafting, reviewing..."

"Bristows has many pro bono initiatives and everyone is encouraged to participate..."

"It's very friendly with a true open-door policy. The partners are very accessible..."

"There could be more choice in terms of whether or not you complete a particular ..."

"The life sciences focus and the reputation as a friendly firm."

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

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

"Friendly and slightly geeky but very cool."

"More scope to choose your seats, especially when you first start."

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