Kathryn Hambly

Trainee Solicitor

I thoroughly enjoyed my studies in Marine Biology, but after attending scientific careers fairs and experiencing the life of a researcher during my master’s project, I realised that a career in Marine Biology was not for me. I began researching careers that offered commercial exposure whilst also utilising the analytical skills and scientific knowledge that I had gained during my degree – that is when I came across intellectual property law.

Bristows was the obvious choice from the start given their excellent reputation in intellectual property law and the technology and life sciences sectors. However, it was their focus on developing a collegial and friendly environment that put Bristows at the top of my list.

Bristows’ recruitment process offered a welcome change from my experiences at other city law firms. It was clear throughout the process that Bristows values who we are just as much as our achievements and capabilities. I was afforded numerous opportunities to interact with the firm during the Spring Workshop and interview stages, during which I experienced first-hand the friendly ethos and high calibre work.

Throughout the GDL and LPC Bristows kept in regular contact with our cohort, inviting us to several trainee and firm wide events. This gave us an opportunity to get to know our future colleagues and feel integrated into the firm before our first day.

I have only been at the firm a short time but I already feel like a valued member of the department and it is clear that Bristows is a fantastic place to train. From day one I have been involved in interesting and challenging work involving industry leading clients. Thankfully, this has not been as daunting as it sounds because I have been offered constant support and guidance from fellow trainees, associates and partners.

I am looking forward to the rest of my training at Bristows and I would not hesitate to recommend the firm to other aspiring solicitors.


  • MSci Marine Biology, University of Southampton