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8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 10 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, supportive and sociable."
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...

"Be yourself. The firm genuinely wants to get to know you. They have a lot of applications..."

"I cannot fault the culture at the office. Sharing an office with a partner means..."

"There are regular internal and external training seminars to attend. There is some..."

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

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

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

"We don't have billable targets and related bonuses. It makes for a good ethos at..."

"Free cookies, Unilever shop, the building itself, lunch provided at various lunchtime..."

"The questions were a mixture of elaborating on aspects of my CV, scenarios, competency-based..."

"There is a dedicated environmental committee, but its activities and progress aren't..."

"Bristows works with a diversity charity and holds several events. It also had one..."

"I quickly found that I was given more and more responsibility as soon as I had shown..."

"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..."

"Some more specific feedback would be helpful sometimes."

"I knew that I was interested in IP law and Bristows was one of the best firms to..."

"Very good. Most trainees are kept on."

"We have some random initiatives, such as an annual seed give-away. We're encouraged..."

"Friendly, nerdy and collaborative."

"Regular meetings between supervising partners and all trainees in a particular department...."

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