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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2019)
"Cutting edge, innovative and friendly."
8.7 / 10
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.9 / 10
7.6 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
5.1 / 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 flexible working.
  • 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...

"I did a written application, a phone interview, a workshop (essentially a mini vacation..."

"The culture within the firm is very open and friendly. Partners and associates are..."

"Everyone at Bristows has the opportunity to learn a language, which is a very useful..."

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

"The location and architecture of the office is great, as are the facilities. Some..."

"Normal hours for a trainee are 9.00 am – 6.30 pm. Obviously, this increases around..."

"Although the pay is at the lower end of the spectrum in terms of City pay, our hours..."

"The best perks are monthly firm drinks and socials, a great work/life balance and..."

"There were some competency questions to allow you to show your ability to explain..."

"General recycling is available but I've not seen much more than that."

"Fantastic. There is a diversity committee and regular LGBTQ+ events. I know some..."

"Trainees are given a lot of responsibility in the smaller departments, up to and..."

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

"You are given a high level of responsibility very quickly, which is both daunting..."

"The firm has no regional offices so there's no opportunity to move out of London...."

"The promise of high-quality work at an early stage, the chance to get involved and..."

"Last year the firm posted a 100% retention rate, but this year two trainees are leaving..."

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

"Cutting edge, innovative and friendly."

"More trainee input and flexibility around seat planning."

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