Emily Atkinson


In my training contract search, something that was very important to me was that I found a firm where I would enjoy working and feel comfortable being myself. Bristows has provided this as it works hard to foster a friendly and supportive culture. Whilst my first year has been a steep learning curve and there have definitely been challenging moments, I’ve really enjoyed my training so far.

In the past year I’ve had the chance to work with many motivated and intelligent people who are also both friendly and approachable. As a trainee you sit in an office alongside a partner who acts as your supervisor. This is a great opportunity to learn from someone working at the top of their practice area and so far all my supervisors have been highly supportive and down to earth. The support of the other trainees throughout my training contract has also been invaluable.

During the past year I’ve had the chance to sit in a wide range of departments thanks to the three month seat options and the firm has done its best to accommodate my seat preferences. Therefore, overall I’ve been able to gain a broad understanding of several different areas of law, which has gone a long way in helping me assess where I see myself qualifying.

Bristows’ reputation in the Life Sciences and Technology sectors means that industry leading clients often turn to the firm for advice in its specialist areas. Pretty much all City law firms will have high-calibre clients and complex intellectually stimulating work, but few others offer the opportunity to be involved in such work alongside offering the culture and responsibility that comes with working in a smaller firm like Bristows.


  • LLB Law, University of Leeds

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