My experience as a trainee

I was initially attracted to Bristows due its strength in the technological space and its focus on Intellectual Property. Having graduated from Oxford with a degree in English Literature, I spent the year travelling in South America where I grew up. After a brief period working as a Research Assistant in a US Equity Fund, I decided to turn to a legal career and embark on the conversion course. At the time I had a strong interest in technology and had completed a two-month intensive coding course so I naturally turned to law firms that were at the cutting-edge of innovative technologies and IP.

I applied to the Bristows two-day workshop, which provided a taster of the contentious and non-contentious IP work the firm does. Its smaller intake, social culture, and open-door policy stood out to me as I spoke to different trainees about their experiences. I have found this to hold true while on my training contract, despite having started in the midst of a pandemic. So far, I’ve had a seat in Commercial and Technology Disputes, Competition and I am currently on secondment at a medical device company.

Cosima Lumley

Trainee Solicitor


  • BA English Literature and Language at Oxford University
  • GDL at BPP University
  • LPC at BPP University

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