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8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 10 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly and slightly geeky but very cool."
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...

"There are lots of articles and materials on our website that are worth looking at..."

"There is very little hierarchy. Everyone's office doors are always open, even the..."

"The firm provides training sessions on various topics for trainees during the first..."

"Feedback is quite hard to get as fee earners are very busy. There is a mentorship..."

"We're in a great location and have great offices on the river."

"There aren't options to work from home for trainees, but that is to be expected as..."

"The pay at the trainee level remains very market competitive. The gap that can develop..."

"There's a good health insurance scheme."

"The interviewers tried getting to know me and to understanding my academic and extracurricular..."

"The firm has an environmental committee."

"Diversity with respect to women and LGBT is very good. There are a large number of..."

"In my current department I have a lot of responsibility for an important piece of..."

"Different departments do different amounts of this work. I have only worked briefly..."

"Our sector focus and calibre of clients means that our work constantly revolves around..."

"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..."

"The firm usually keeps almost all of its trainees. While HR have tried to be reassuring,..."

"We had a well-being week in January where the firm provided fruit, manicures, head..."

"Friendly, supportive and hard-working."

"To improve communication. At times it feels like we're needlessly being kept in the..."

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