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8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 10 ratings in 2018)
"Warm, geeky and inclusive."
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...

"Know why you want to work at Bristows specifically. Be yourself in the interview..."

"It's a friendly environment and I feel that I can talk to anyone, be they support..."

"Bristows tries to help you to develop a broad range of skills and takes your feedback..."

"Each trainee is assigned a mentor who they can talk to about any issues they may..."

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

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

"The pay matches the market as a trainee. As an associate, whether the pay is adequate..."

"No billable targets (even upon qualification), access to the Unilever shop (cheap..."

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

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

"The firm has committees in most of these areas that are actively trying to ensure..."

"There will be the usual 'trainee' tasks of bundling, research and clerking. However,..."

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

"The people. Without being cliched, everyone is nice and friendly and could not be..."

"We get limited input into our seat planning. There's no opportunity to put down a..."

"The work/life balance and the sector focus on TMT and life sciences."

"The retention rates at Bristows are exemplary."

"Bristows has just opened its first office outside of London (where it has been solely..."

"Friendly, supportive and hard-working."

"Opportunities for international secondments."

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