James Batsford


I have just finished my first year as a trainee and feel I have really benefitted from the firm’s flexible approach to seat choices. I am now going into my fourth seat, having undertaken litigation, transactional and advisory work for a diverse and fascinating range of clients. Bristows is unique in offering trainees a combination of three and six month seats and I believe this policy has given me the opportunity to better appreciate the full scope of legal services Bristows offers.

From my time in each department I have found Bristows’ reputation for friendliness and approachability to be well-founded. I have always felt supported and able to ask any questions, however trivial I have felt they may be at the time. As a trainee everyone makes an effort to explain the wider context of tasks to you and it is really rewarding to see your work being relied upon by colleagues.

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in social life at Bristows. There are so many ways you can contribute and a massive range of events to participate in. I am really looking forward to my second year, and particularly the opportunity to go on secondment to one of the firm’s clients.


  • BA History, University of Durham

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