My experience as a trainee

Amy Howlett explains why she chose to apply for a Trainee Solicitor position at Bristows — and how she’s found the experience.

After my undergraduate degree in law, I went onto do an LLM that specialised in Information, Communications and Media Law. Seeing how the law was developing when it intersected with new technologies was an immediate interest. I knew that I wanted to do my training contract at law firm that was working with clients on these issues which is why I applied to Bristows.

Once I had submitted my written application, there was a pre-recorded interview and a written exercise. I then did two further interviews, each with two partners. Both quickly felt more like conversations about topics I found interesting and I enjoyed discussing them with the interviewers who work with clients to navigate these same topics.

During my first year I have sat in CTC, Competition and Brands. Typical day-to-day tasks can be seat dependent. However, legal research, attending calls, drafting letters using precedents or emails to the client and presenting internally will arise in most seats.

Trainees are assigned partners as their supervisors and will normally share an office with them. All my supervisors have been very approachable and friendly and will often take an interest in what I am doing at work and my life outside. When I have told them about particular area I am interested in, they have always tried to give me some work of that nature.

“I have found that the people, no matter their level of seniority, will always make time to help me learn.”

Amy Howlett

Trainee Solicitor


  • BA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford
  • LLM IT, Media and Communication Law, London School of Economics
  • LPC, BPP University

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