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Bristows at-a-glance

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  • Our firm was founded in 1837 in the City of London
  • In May 2018, Bristows opened its first international office in Brussels
  • We currently have 40 partners and a total staff of 278
  • Joint Managing partners - Marek Petecki and Liz Cohen
  • Around 10% of our staff are employed on a flexible working basis
  • We employ people from all over the world with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Around one fifth of our workforce describe themselves as being other than white or British
  • The average length of service for our staff is over seven years
  • From the beginning, we have worked with innovative clients and technologies. Clients from our early days include the Electric Telephone Company, the Celluloid Manufacturing Company and Steam Plough Patents. Today we represent equally innovative clients across the TMT and Life Sciences sectors such as Novartis, Diageo, Dolby and Capgemini 
  • We have always had an international focus, acting for many overseas companies - in fact, at the beginning of the 20th century we established the UK businesses of many US corporations. During the 1930s our transatlantic business continued to flourish and we were involved in drafting agreements for the laying of the first transatlantic telephone cable
  • Our international focus continues today. Over the last three years, approximately 80% of our income has come from overseas clients
  • Over 90% of our partners are recommended for their particular specialisms by Chambers and/or the Legal 500 

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