James Batsford

Trainee Solicitor

Having studied History at university, I was open-minded about what type of law I would find most appealing. It was whilst studying an LPC module on intellectual property that I was drawn to this practice area on account of its exposure to cutting-edge technological innovation. Bristows was therefore the natural choice for its renowned IP reputation.

The flexibility of seat choice during the training contract was another area where Bristows stood out. Trainees sit for between 3 and 6 months in each department, including a 3 month secondment, giving scope to experience a broad range of practice areas whilst working with fascinating clients from the TMT and life sciences sectors.

At every step I have found Bristows’ reputation for friendliness and approachability to be well- founded. From the first interview you are made to feel welcome and that the firm is genuinely interested in getting to know your personality. Before starting your training contract you are invited to a host of social events, including the annual Bristows dinner dance. Everyone is keen to talk to you and make you feel part of the family. The unique way trainees are supported and embraced is completely typical of the firm’s ethos.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few weeks and cannot wait to continue my development here.


  • BA History, University of Durham