All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Bristows LLP employees based on 15 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.3/5
 
Work Life Balance:
4.1/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.7/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.7/5
 
Company Culture:
4.4/5
 
Career Progression:
3.5/5
 
Colleagues:
4.1/5
 
Training:
4.1/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.7/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.8/5
 

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Bristows LLP

Average start time: 9:15

Average end time: 18:30

Average number of working hours: 9.25

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Application Advice:

Attend a workshop to get a feel for the people working here and to see if you'd like the atmosphere.

Interview Advice:

You want to come across as confident but not full of yourself, so know how to talk about your strengths without showing off.

For final interviews, think about the commercial benefits of IP.

Trainee Solicitor, IP Litigation at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic and have a willingness to learn new things, especially in areas outside your comfort zone/current expertise.

Interview Advice:

Practice questions that you are likely to be asked so that you have a ready, natural-sounding answer.

Trainee Solicitor, at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Think really carefully about why you want to be at Bristows and express this in your application. It's a popular place and we want more than a cursory comment showing an interest in IP!

Interview Advice:

The interviews are a chance for the partners/senior associates conducting them to get to know you, they work hard to put you at ease. It isn't a chance to see how you deal with stress or pressure, it's a chat. Be clear, friendly and sensible!

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Application Advice:

Show that you are more than academics. Your grades will speak for themselves, so use the application form to show that you have other interests, that you are active in something and are able to take on projects of some kind or show initiative.

Interview Advice:

Relax, Bristows is interested in chatting to you and finding out about you. The firm has no interest in grilling its interview candidates.

Trainee Solicitor, at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Explain your own story of how you decided on becoming a lawyer and why you want to work at Bristows - there are a lot of ways to differentiate between Bristows and other firms.
Show an interest in Bristows' practice areas, particularly technology and life sciences.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself in the interview and show your personality. As there are so many applicants for a limited number of places, the interview is as much about the partners trying to find a good mix of people who will get along, as well as people who will make good lawyers.
The interviewers do not ask trick questions or try to intimidate you. They genuinely want to try to get to know you.
They will ask situational judgement type questions to find out how you would react in workplace scenarios.

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Application Advice:

Really focus on what the firm is about. Understand the firm's culture by attending the presentations and open days/workshops so you know whether the firm is right for you.

Interview Advice:

Have a great sense of commercial awareness - what is going on in the economic and legal world currently. Keep up to date with general news as well.

Trainee Solicitor, Competition at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Don't waffle, be clear concise and think about the competencies and qualities the firm is looking for. Try wherever you can to set yourself apart by gaining/talking about relevant industry/commercial experience. If you have a point to make, make it - regardless of whether it fits neatly into one of the questions you are asked - find a way to include it, in a cover/follow-up email if necessary.

Interview Advice:

Relax as much as you can and be your normal, personable self, don't try too hard to impress. Show interest in the firm and do your research but don't just regurgitate info from the website. Interest in our target sectors is always useful.

Trainee, at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Show your personality, do not sound robotic, really get to show your appreciation about some of the unique aspects of the firm's ethos (which involves attending law fairs and reading up on a lot of interviews/ testimonies from online and legal publications).

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to think commercially, know why you have made specific academic and career choices, read the news, be humourous, ask clever and relevant questions.

Trainee Solicitor, at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself at the interview; Bristows has so many applicants that if you've made it to interview your academics and CV will be stellar. At the interview they're looking at your attitude and your personality, to see if you'd 'fit' at Bristows.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, Various at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Pay a lot of attention to your application form - make sure you have shown that you can pay attention to detail! Make sure it is directed to being a lawyer at Bristows and that it is a focused application.

Interview Advice:

The interviews at Bristows aren't designed to catch you out - the interviewers want to get to know you. Make sure you are engaged and show your interest at all times.

Trainee Solicitor, Rotating at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Know your application form and know why you are applying for the role.

Interview Advice:

Relax, smile and answer honestly.

Trainee Solicitor, IP at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Get to know the firm - you need to know why you want to work at Bristows.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, the Firm wants to get to know you and see if you would enjoy working with us.

Trainee Solicitor, at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure your application is bespoke to the firm. A generic application will not make it through the process.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, be yourself and know your application.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial IP/IT at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Know where the strengths of the firm lie. Intellectual Property is a broad area and different firms specialise within that area.

Know where the firm is going, IP law is potentially changing in a way that will significantly alter our business.

Interview Advice:

The interviewer is trying to work out whether you will fit in rather than catch you out. They are looking for people who are relaxed and able to engage with people easily.

Trainee, Corporate at Bristows LLP
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Application Advice:

Bristows hires people (i.e. the whole package). It is necessary to show that you are and will be an great lawyer, but it is just as important to show that you will fit into this friendly and respectful environment and that there are some interesting things about you aside from your work.

Interview Advice:

Prepare, but do not rehearse. Ready-made answers tend to be obvious and unimpressive.
Bristows is interested in you as a person.
Bristows does not hire over-confidence or arrogance.

Trainee Solicitor, at Bristows LLP
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