During the GDL and LPC I studied some modules on Intellectual Property Law and really enjoyed it, and so I narrowed down my training contact search to IP and tech firms. Bristows stood out to me due to its vast expertise and strong reputation in the Life Sciences and Technology sectors, which has attracted an array of first-rate clients
So far in my training contract I have been able to do a lot of litigation work which has been really interesting. Trainees are heavily involved in the run-up to trials and take on a fair amount of responsibility, which is a great way to develop skills and learn from others. I have also done a lot of research and advisory work, which often offers the opportunity for client interaction. I have also been able to develop “softer” skills through writing legal articles and delivering presentations to teams within the firm.
There is a great deal of support from colleagues in the firm, and particularly from partners for whom trainees do a lot of their work. There is a strong emphasis on training, and so partners or associates are usually more than happy to answer questions and give feedback on pieces of work trainees have done. There are also lots of opportunities to attend internal and external know-how and training events, which are a good way to learn new skills and to get an insight into other areas of the law Bristows specialises in.
One of the best things about working at Bristows is the genuinely friendly, supportive and inclusive nature of the firm. The trainee intake is fairly small, but I have found this has helped trainees to bond and develop strong friendships as an intake. The firm also puts on regular social events throughout the year which are fun and a good way to chat to colleagues outside of a work setting.