Florence Plisner


Ever since watching Elle Woods in the closing scene of Legally Blonde, I have been intrigued by a career in law. Getting involved in the debating society at secondary school legitimised this interest, and I began planning my route towards studying for a law degree. However, due to my burgeoning interest in Science and restrictive option blocks at my school, I ended up studying exclusively Science and Maths subjects at A-level. At this point, I thought it would be difficult to get into law until my Chemistry teacher mentioned intellectual property law. After doing some research, I realised that this was a way to combine my interests in science and law. I subsequently learned about the possibility of doing the GDL after University, offering an alternative way into the legal world.

Whilst completing my Biochemistry degree, I confirmed that a career as a scientist wasn’t for me. Although I loved the theoretical side and enjoyed drawing upon my knowledge base to generate solutions to complex problems, the realities of working in a lab (a lot of pipetting!) put me off. I knew I wanted a career which was intellectually challenging, but also involved working in a team and interacting with clients. Law seemed like the ideal choice for this.

Keen to continue to utilise my science, I decided to apply to firms with an intellectual property focus. After reading Bristows’ glowing recommendations for both intellectual property and life sciences work, I applied for the spring workshop. During the two days at the firm, I was convinced that Bristows was the right firm for me. I really enjoyed hearing about the fascinating cases that Bristows had worked on and meeting many interesting and enthusiastic employees, and came away feeling that the firm was an incredibly friendly and sociable place to work. This was confirmed by the numerous social events that Bristows organised during the GDL and LPC, such as the annual Spring Dinner Dance and regular drinks evenings. Getting to know my fellow trainee intake has also been a highlight. We have become real friends and have even been on several holidays together!

I have now been at the firm for a year, and I have experienced first-hand how friendly and supportive the culture really is. I have been encouraged by colleagues across all of the departments I have sat in to ask questions and seek advice, and have always been made to feel that my contributions to a matter are valued. The work has been fascinating and I have really been able to utilise my science degree in the tasks I am undertaking. The training has been excellent, and the flexibility of three and six month seats has allowed me to gain insight into an array of departments. I would greatly encourage you to apply to Bristows


  • BSc Biochemistry, University of York