I had wanted to be a lawyer before going to university as the academic aspect of the profession appealed to me; it requires a lot of problem solving as no two clients ever have the same issue. I wasn’t sure exactly what area of law I wanted to go into and so found the law fair at my university invaluable. Being able to speak directly to people from various firms and finding out about how they operate was so useful when deciding where to apply. Bristows really stood out for me thanks to their friendly culture and the interesting nature of their work.
Whilst Bristows is a full service firm, their specialty is in life sciences and TMT work. Despite not coming from a science background myself this really appealed to me as the work involves market leading technology clients who are on the cutting edge of their sectors. Since joining Bristows the work has lived up to my expectations and I have been involved at more than just a background level. There is also a vast network of support to help you and people are generally more than happy to answer questions, as a trainee you are not expected to go it alone and know everything already.
The main draw for me was the working environment at Bristows. It is genuinely friendly and even as a trainee you feel important. Throughout the GDL and LPC Bristows kept in touch with our intake and organised several meet and greets with current trainees. This was particularly useful to be able to ask them any questions and meant that day one I was walking in already knowing people. This definitely helped make starting work feel less daunting! Once you get here the firm puts on regular events so you get to know many more people than just those in your department.
I look forward to the rest of my training contract here, especially the opportunity to go on a secondment to one of the clients.
- MA Ancient History and Latin, University of St Andrews