We are known for our work on some of the largest and most challenging commercial and contractual disputes for dynamic companies.

Our clients are market-leading organisations operating at the forefront of innovation and change in their industries, typically across borders.  In addition to technical expertise and years of experience, we offer an in-depth knowledge and understanding of their industries. They trust us to handle their most complex, technical disputes and protect their highly valuable intellectual property rights.

We act for our clients in litigation at all levels of the English courts, in arbitration proceedings, as well as facilitating settlement discussions, mediation and early neutral evaluation. However, we also recognise the value to our clients of avoiding disputes altogether, and work with them to identify potential risks at an early stage and develop comprehensive risk mitigation and management solutions.

We offer a number of flexible case management options, using the latest advanced case management and reporting tools, e-discovery technologies and automation.  Our investment in technology means that, even when we scale up, our lawyers remain accessible and knowledgeable.

One the hallmarks of our practice is our ability to provide seamless, cost effective management of complex cross-border disputes. We have strong relationships with leading foreign law firms and third party service providers, which allow us to provide the best expertise possible through the convenience of working with one firm.

While we are proud of the depth of our commercial and legal expertise, we are also friendly and personable and strive to work as an extended part of our clients’ teams.

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What others say

“They are bright, practical and creative lawyers, who really understand the industry, in particular on the data protection side.”

Legal 500 2022

“The team are collaborative and a real pleasure to work with.”

Legal 500 2022

“No other firm in media/reputation management/data protection has such strength in depth.”

Legal 500 2022

“The team has a unique offering in the media law field.”

Legal 500 2022

“They are specialists in defamation/privacy and data protection and also heavyweights in Intellectual Property. This is an especially attractive offer to clients in the internet age when claims arising from acts online can encompass several diverse causes of action.”

Legal 500 2022

“Strong scientific/technical knowledge base and experience.”

Legal 500 2022

“A stellar team of exceptionally strong lawyers.”

Legal 500 2022

“A strong team in relation to IT disputes generally, particularly those with an IP element and video games. Pragmatic and commercial.”

Legal 500 2022

“All very approachable, give quick and to the point advice.”

Legal 500 2022

“Very client friendly, results focused and down to earth.”

Legal 500 2022

“Highly experienced practitioners, great people to work with on challenging projects, and pragmatic and clear-headed advisers.”

Legal 500 2022

“The Bristows team is excellent. In my experience, they look at a case from all angles to try to get the best result for their client.”

Legal 500 2022

“They do not see cases as routine business, but instead consider the individual requirements of each case and each client.”

Legal 500 2022

“I would not hesitate to recommend Bristows for any commercial dispute, particularly one which involves IP/technical elements, due to the wider strength of the firm in these fields.”

Legal 500 2022

“You are confident you will get really sound advice from them.”

Chambers and Partners Europe 2021

Recent rankings and awards

Commercial Litigation - Tier 3

Reputation Management - Tier 3

Media & entertainment: Gaming, social media & interactive content - Band 4

Technology, Media and Telecoms - Commended

Data Protection - Band 3

Commercial Litigation