Robert Vile

Trainee Solicitor

From the outside looking in, Bristows might seem like a slightly intimidating place to work. Yes, it has a reputation as being the ‘friendliest firm in the city’, but as an arts student, reading about Bristows’ host of lawyers with unparalleled scientific expertise, it’s easy to feel that you might not fit in. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. The firm prides itself not only on being friendly, but also on having a diverse and inclusive ethos, and this was evident from the two-day workshop I did, right through the application process and into my time as a trainee.

I have been equally impressed by the work the firm does, and I’ve already been involved in deals concerning some of the firm’s biggest clients. There are a number of big-ticket companies and household names who trust Bristows with their work, and a few of these sector-leaders even offer secondments for trainees. Having spoken to the second year trainees, a secondment sounds like a great opportunity to see how things work from a different point of view.

Trainees are expected to get stuck in with work from day one, and even having been at the firm a short time, I already feel like a valued member of the team. So far, Bristows has been everything that I had expected and more. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the firm to any aspiring lawyer with an interest in intellectual property.


  • BA English, University of Exeter