Bristows

The Legal Cheek View

As major London law firms go, there are few more delightful places to work than Bristows. The firm, which is well known for its market-leading intellectual property practice, scored A*s in a whopping five categories of the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey. For training, quality of work, peer support, partner approachability and work/life balance, Bristows is pretty much as good as you get.

Insiders rave particularly about the quality of work, which extends from IP to other sexy areas like technology, media and communications. Clients include Google, The Guardian and the BBC. Other not quite so glamorous practice areas, such as corporate, litigation and real estate, help bring in the bacon...

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Key Info

Training contracts 10
Latest trainee retention rate 89%
Offices 1
Countries 1
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Exceptions to the minimum A-level requirements may be made if the student has gone on to perform excellently at university

Insider Scorecard

Training
A*
Quality of work
A*
Peer support
A*
Partner approach-ability
A*
Work/life balance
A*
Perks
A
Office
A
Canteen
n/a
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
C

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 8:58am
Average leave time 6:35pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £38,000
Second year trainee salary £41,000
Newly qualified salary £60,000
Profit per equity partner £392,000
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £8,000

Diversity

UK female associates 58%
UK female partners 33%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed

The total percentage of BME individuals at the firm is 12%.

Universities Current Trainees Attended