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8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 10 ratings in 2018)
"Aiming for the top."
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...

"The impression made in interviews are key. The interviewers want to see that they..."

"The culture of the firm is very friendly and collaborative, I have never felt afraid..."

"There are regular training sessions from updates on the law to developing soft skills..."

"The partners and solicitors are good at giving feedback overall, although it would..."

"The firm's offices are in a wonderful location. We're situated on the River Thames..."

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

"Compared to other City firms with similar work hours, I think our pay is slightly..."

"The medical insurance is excellent and the excess is also reimbursed by the firm...."

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

"The firm has an environmental committee."

"We have a diversity committee that runs events and talks and we have diversity training..."

"So far in this department (IP litigation) I have not had much client interaction...."

"I am not sure whether Bristows partners do much pro bono work, but I would really..."

"Everyone is extremely competent and really friendly."

"There could be more social events and more knowledge-sharing between departments...."

"On the workshop, which is what we have instead of a vacation scheme, we did a speed..."

"The retention rates are excellent but if a lot of the trainees want to qualify into..."

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

"Friendly, exciting and excellent training."

"More specific feedback with each piece of work, although I appreciate how time consuming..."

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