A reputation for firsts

Never content to do the bare minimum, Bristows has always been a firm at the forefront of change and one dedicated to its clients and colleagues


Robert Wilson founds the law firm known today as Bristows. Patent agreements are drafted for the first practical electrical telegraph, beginning our distinguished record in technology law.


current top tier rankings or awards in our key disciplines and sector specialisms

They give very thoughtful, useful advice with an eye across many industries.


In May 2018, Bristows opened its first international office in Brussels to support clients in matters relating to EU law.

They are playing in the Champions League - and playing for the prizes.


Our business continues to flourish with our engagement by AT&T to negotiate and draft agreements for the laying of the first transatlantic telephone cable.

Our international focus remains strong. Over the last three years, approximately 80% of our income has come from overseas clients.


We handle the first-ever UK biotech case. Representing Genentech over the use of tPA in treating haemophilia puts us firmly in the top echelon of specialist life sciences adviser.

We’re proud to be one of the City’s most gender-diverse firms and the appointment of our first female partner in 1987 is a key milestone. More than 30 years later, nearly one in three Bristows partners is a woman.


We were ranked 1st for 'best culture' in Roll on Friday.

Bristows LLP has been described as 'undoubtedly one of the leading IP firms'.


of our partners are recommended by industry league tables such as Chambers, Legal 500 or IAM Patent 1000.