Bristows has always been a dynamic law firm associated with innovative clients since its beginning in 1837. Today the firm remains independent and international, bringing together a diverse collection of talent to deliver high-quality, full-service legal advice to a client base that includes many of the world’s leading companies.
A broad-based firm, we distinguish ourselves through the depth of our knowledge in each of our specialist disciplines. In addition, a high proportion of Bristows’ lawyers have specialist backgrounds, including technical degrees, PhDs and practical experience working in industries such as IT, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, advertising, and biotech. This extra dimension to our expertise gives us a rare insight into how the law relates to our clients' businesses and enables our clients to call on a rare blend of legal and commercial understanding, whether in IP, IT, corporate, competition, litigation or one of our other practice areas.
Bristows is particularly well known for representing businesses with significant IP and technology assets, across sectors such as life sciences, technology, media, telecoms, consumer products, industrial markets, not-for-profit/charities, financial services and real estate. Much of the firm’s work is cross-border and around 80 per cent of its instructions are generated from outside of the UK.
Bristows has close links with leading US practices and also works alongside leading independent firms in other European jurisdictions as well as firms in the Far East, to provide an integrated international service to clients as required. The opening of a Brussels office in 2018, the firm’s first overseas office in its 180-year history, gives Bristows a place of business right at the heart of the continent, a base for representing international clients on EU law.