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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"Niche, friendly and technology-focused."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
9.5 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.5 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.8 / 10
 
Hours
8.5 / 10
 
Salary
8.2 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.2 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Really know Bristows: its areas of specialisation, its profile, its clientele, a..."

"Small intake of trainees means we all socialise together on a regular basis (but..."

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"I have been positively impressed with the amount of feedback consistently provided..."

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

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

"Subsidised gym membership, private heath insurance, cycle scheme and season ticket..."

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

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"Responsibility really varies from department to department. Trainee responsibility..."

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

"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 IP law and Bristows was one of the best firms to..."

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"We have a love of karaoke."

"Friendly, exciting and excellent training."

"Hiring more temporary paralegals during busy disclosure periods."

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