My experience as a trainee

Rubab Zahra explains why she chose to apply for a Trainee Solicitor position at Bristows — and how she’s found the experience.

Although I am a “scientist” by background, halfway through my degree I realised that spending my career in window-less labs was not quite what I was looking for. My strong interest in intellectual property and patents law led me to seek out firms with strong practice areas in these domains. As luck would have it, I was placed in a mentorship scheme at Bristows by Aspiring Solicitors, and I never looked back.

“Throughout my traineeship, it has become evident time and time again how much of an emphasis Bristows places on encouraging a dynamic and positive professional environment— from the training contract interviews, which felt like true two-way conversations, to my day-to-day life at the firm.”

The work is interesting and thought-provoking, and the lack of hierarchy makes the people approachable regardless of seniority, leading to a true open-door policy in place.

Overall, I have greatly enjoyed my first year at Bristows and cannot wait to see what the future holds for me here.

Rubab Zahra

Trainee Solicitor


  • BSc Biomedical Sciences, University of Manchester
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Professional Education
  • MSc Biotechnology & Enterprise, University of Manchester
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Professional Education

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