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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2016)
"Aiming for the top."
Pros: 
  • Trainees become very sociable early on due to the small intake size.
  • Good quality training, both formal and informal.
  • A strong focus on work/life balance.
  • A friendly and supportive environment.
Cons: 
  • The seat rotation process could be more transparent.
  • Communication between departments could be improved.
  • There is not much opportunity for secondments abroad.
  • Quality of work and client contact can vary a lot between departments.
Culture
8.9 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.0 / 10
 
Hours
8.1 / 10
 
Salary
7.7 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.8 / 10
 
Pro Bono
6.8 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

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

"The firm is very friendly – Its size facilitates this, especially being a trainee...."

"I like the fact that we can do a mixture of three- and six-month seats as this gives..."

"Both solicitors and partners are very accessible, although it does depend on the..."

"An amazing office in the City. Dress code generally does not require ties, but smartens..."

"It's been really busy for the last year or so, but still not in the same league as..."

"Bonus structure is good, but the pay is a little below the rest of the City."

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

"Why I wanted to do law, why I wanted to work at the firm, what I would do if I won..."

"The environment committee is pretty active."

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

"Client interaction relies heavily on which team/department you are in. In general..."

"I have only worked on one. Otherwise it isn't really talked about or promoted. Not..."

"The people. Generally everyone is friendly and supportive, which makes coming into..."

"The trainees' clerking responsibilities, which extend to after hours, can often take..."

"The hours, the reputation for friendliness, the quality of the work, the nice of..."

"Very good. Most trainees are kept on."

"We sponsor a bee-hive in central London."

"First-rate, friendly, open-cultured and technical law firm."

"Hiring more temporary paralegals during busy disclosure periods."

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