Having studied Natural Sciences at university and decided that a career as a scientist was not for me, I chose Bristows because of its reputation for excellence in intellectual property, technology and life sciences law. The Winter Workshop, which I attended in my final year at university, was thoroughly enjoyable and helped me to make that choice.
The opportunity presented by Bristows’ Training Contract to sit in five or six departments and to spend three months on a client secondment appealed to me a great deal. My first seat has been in the Commercial Intellectual Property & Information Technology team. In my first week in the team, I was pleased to experience a real variety of interesting work, including work on cancer immunotherapies, artificial intelligence, e-payments in foreign jurisdictions, copyright licensing, EU-wide data protection compliance and a research and development agreement between a well-known UK laboratory and a biotechnology company. Working for high-profile clients on challenging matters has been satisfying and exciting. In addition, I have found that the praise Bristows receives for its culture is well-deserved. The firm’s friendly and supportive ethos is underpinned by not having billable hours targets, and the trainee recruitment process is straightforward, focusing on evaluation of candidates as individuals.
I am very pleased to have joined Bristows as a trainee, and I would whole-heartedly recommend the firm to all potential applicants.
- BA Natural Sciences (Biochemistry), University of Cambridge