Bristows LLP

London Office

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Managing Partners: Liz Cohen, Marek Petecki

Number of partners: 41

Number of lawyers: 198

Firm Overview:

Bristows is the world’s leading specialist law firm for clients that innovate. The firm is a European-headquartered hub for litigation, transactions and advice throughout the world. It helps clients grow in life sciences, technology and other dynamic sectors. It provides advice on all their legal matters and is proud to be different.

Bristows has an eclectic mix of inquisitive thinkers who are fascinated by the law surrounding their clients’ sector. Many of them have science and technology backgrounds or have worked in the industry. It means they are on the same wavelength and understand what makes their clients’ business tick.

Many of the firm’s clients are international and its work with them crosses different jurisdictions. Bristows has remained fiercely independent since it first began in 1837 and is able to maintain a network of leading lawyers and specialists around the world. This means it is free to partner with the best people in any jurisdiction for each client need and build the right team of lawyers in the right locations.

Bristows lawyers don’t work to billing targets. This ensures clients get the right combination of experts working as one, who take the time to share their different perspectives and find the right answer, no matter how difficult or novel the question is. It’s a rare approach that defines the quality of Bristows’ advice.

Principal Areas Of Work:

Bristows has always been at the forefront of change. From patenting the first electrical telegraph to launching the UK’s genome sequencing project, it has been helping clients who create and embrace new technologies and ideas.

The firm focuses on dynamic, IP-rich sectors and has the expertise to solve a broad range of litigation, transactional, and advisory challenges. It has a true cross-disciplinary practice encompassing its renowned IP, competition, regulatory, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, IT and data protection teams. The strength of each individual practice complements the others to provide a fully integrated and comprehensive service.


Bristows likes to recruit inquisitive minds, many with science and technology backgrounds. It is actively looking to recruit trainees with a variety of academic backgrounds – scientists and engineers, and also trainees who have studied law, humanities and arts. It lives and breathes its clients’ business, can talk the same language and has a keen eye on the future. Many trainees and associates go on secondment at client companies, including Google, McDonald’s, Capgemini, AstraZeneca, Samsung, Novartis, Sony and WPP.


Advertising, Marketing & Promotion: Paul Jordan 

Brand & Design Protection: Simon Clark, Jeremy Blum

Charities & Not-for-Profit: Iain Redford

Commercial Contracts: Matthew Warren, Claire Smith

Commercial Litigation: Mark Brown, Angela Fouracre

Copyright & Digital Business: Simon Clark, Myles Jelf

Corporate: Iain Redford

Dispute Resolution: Mark Brown

Employment: Justin Costley, Lidia Poczok

EU & Competition: Sophie Lawrance, Stephen Smith, Pat Treacy

Fintech: Louise Eldridge, Marc Dautlich

Information Technology: Mark Watts, Toby Crick

International Arbitration: Mark Brown, Gemma Barrett

IP Commercial Transactions: Matthew Warren, Richard Dickinson

IP & Patent Litigation: Andrew Bowler, Myles Jelf

IT Disputes: Anna Cook, Angela Fouracre

Life Sciences: Liz Cohen, Richard Dickinson

Outsourcing: Chris Holder, Adrian Sim

Partnership: Marek Petecki, Iain Redford

Privacy & Data Protection: Mark Watts

Public Sector: Chris Holder, Adrian Sim

Publishing, Defamation & Media: Mark Brown, Alex Keenlyside

Real Estate: Teresa Edmund, Tim Allen

Real Estate Investment & Funds: Iain Redford

Regulatory (Life sciences & IP): Alex Denoon

Tax: Miranda Cass

Telecommunications: Toby Crick

Trade Mark Portfolio: Ian Gruselle

Venture Capital: Louise Eldridge, Iain Redford


Belgium Offices:

Brussels: Avenue des Arts 56, 1000 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 2 801 1391

UK Offices

London: 100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DH

Tel: +44 (0)20 7400 8000