My experience as a trainee

Iva Gobac explains why she chose to apply for a Trainee Solicitor position at Bristows — and how she’s found the experience.

As someone with a strong interest in intellectual property law and a personal emphasis on seeking out positive and collaborative professional environments, Bristows was a natural first choice. The firm’s leading IP practice means that the clients and issues being taken on as a legal professional are dynamic, thought-provoking and have significance in the development of law and practice in this area.

I completed my BA LLB in South Africa and my LLM in intellectual property law at the University of Edinburgh. I spent a couple of years working in Geneva at an international trade law think tank and the World Intellectual Property Organisation before deciding to embark on the road to qualification. I was excited to complete my qualification in a world-leading jurisdiction and in a top-class specialised firm.

“From its recruitment process to the training experience, Bristows is very human-focused.”

From its recruitment process to the training experience, Bristows is very human-focused, and it delivers on its promise of a friendly, approachable and inclusive workplace culture every day. Along with the breadth of cutting-edge matters the firm engages with, this sets Bristows apart in a very meaningful way.

Iva Gobac

Trainee Solicitor


  • BA LLB (Law, International Relations, English Literature) University of the Witwatersrand
  • International Trade Law Advanced Certificate, Mandela Institute, South Africa
  • LLM (Intellectual Property Law), University of Edinburgh
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Professional Education
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Professional Education

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