Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto

Trainee Solicitor

I was in my third year of undergraduate study when I chose Intellectual Property as one of my electives. I wanted to gain both a legal and commercial insight into copyright, trade marks and patents. Whilst reading The Lawyer for possible topics to analyse for a blog on trade marks as part of my coursework, I came across the ruling of Thomas Pink v Victoria’s Secret UK Limited. I was captivated by the arguments put forward by counsel representing the claimant who were instructed by (drum roll please) … Bristows LLP! After reading the judgment in full, the penny dropped and I realised that my motivation to practice commercial law was in my fascination with TMT particularly in the remit of brands. I am interested in how brands are created, protected and developed so as to compete effectively in the overcrowded, fast paced and dynamic market.

I am very fortunate that my first seat which is selected by the firm is in the Brands department which would have been my top choice seat selection. Bristows is a market leader in the TMT sector which was a compelling reason for me to apply, undertake the video interview twice because of clashes with vacation schemes and accept my training contact offer at a highly regarded, ambitious and collaborative law firm that is working at the forefront of innovation and embracing the challenges and opportunities presented by the shifting sands of the digital landscape. It is a very exciting time to be a Bristows trainee and the perfect place for me to embark on my legal career in a hardworking, supportive and collegiate environment.


  • LLB Law, University of Exeter