What we offer

Each year we ask up to ten graduates to join our team. We're extremely selective because we're looking for the people who will be our future partners. As part of such a select and high-calibre intake we'll give you real responsibility earlier than you might expect.

During the two years' training, you'll spend time in each of our main departments, developing your skills and knowledge. You'll also work closely with our partners, which is guaranteed to speed up the learning process.

We offer a mixture of 3 and 6 month seats, so trainees will typically undertake 5 or 6 seats during their training contract and one of these seats is guaranteed to be within our IP Litigation department. Other departments trainees may sit in are corporate, real estate, commercial disputes, EU and competition, commercial IP/IT and regulatory.

Part of this training may also involve a secondment to the UK in-house legal department of one of our leading multinational clients. With the international spread of our clients, the probability of overseas travel is high, especially on qualification.

We don't just look for super-bright graduates - personality is important too. This is a friendly firm and we want people who will be able to contribute to the atmosphere and will enjoy being part of a supportive culture.

Future Trainee Sponsorship

All of our future trainees receive sponsorship through the GDL and LPC, and we generally require them to attend BPP in London for these courses so they can get to know other trainees in the intake. Sponsorship includes tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant of £8,000 for each of the GDL and LPC.

Our annual salaries as of September 2020 are:

  • 1st year trainee - £39,500
  • 2nd year trainee - £42,500

Trainees who remain with the firm on qualification currently receive an annual starting salary of £66,000.

Bristows employees also receive a large suite of benefits, including private medical insurance, an employee assistance programme (for all areas of wellbeing), a cycle to work scheme and dental plan.

We are currently recruiting for the 2022 training contract intake.  Successful candidates will join the firm in August 2022.

The deadline to be considered is 30 June 2020 and we encourage applying early to give the graduate recruitment team and Trainee Committee partners time to review your application.  Applications are open to penultimate year law students and a all final year students and graduates.

The summer 2020 assessment process will take place entirely online (in light of government guidance in relation to Covid-19).

From the 2020/21 recruitment cycle we will conduct one interview round per year in the Spring.  Recruitment for the 2023 training contract will begin in August 2020.

Details regarding opportunities will be available in August 2020.

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