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It’s time to begin your legal career with Collyer Bristow.

Choosing the right law firm is one of the most important career decisions you will make.  We hope that you consider Collyer Bristow and just as your choice is pivotal to your career, so too are the decisions we must make.  The trainee solicitors we select are key to our future, so we take considerable time and care in our recruitment process.

You will spend six months in four practice areas, working with a range of people from senior partners to more recently qualified solicitors. We have a mentoring and performance coaching programme, training and appraisals which nurtures the development of your technical capability and client advisory skills.

We do not have any mandatory seat requirements, but we encourage our trainees to get exposure to both contentious and non-contentious work throughout their training contract.

You will be encouraged from an early stage to take responsibility for your own files and participate in managing the client’s work. You will also be given opportunities to start developing your BD and networking skills.

Traineeships will be confirmed one year in advance of their start date and will be open to applicants qualifying under the LPC route. Applicants for traineeships will be confirmed two years in advance of their start date and we will be accepting candidates who will be qualifying under the new SQE qualification.

If you have additional needs and requirements due to a medical reason, disability or any other reason that may prevent you from completing the online application in its current format please contact our HR team to discuss alternative arrangements or provisions for you.

Please note: when applying for a training contract we require three documents: A completed application form (download here), your CV, and a covering letter.  All three documents should be uploaded along with your application to be eligible for consideration.

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Hear what Trainees say about their Training Contract with Collyer Bristow

Trainees Abbie Armstrong and Debbie Marin, and former Trainee (now qualified Associate) Luke Naylor, share their experiences of training with Collyer Bristow.

In this wide ranging interview they discuss openly their journey to applying to Collyer Bristow; the interview process; how Collyer Bristow differs from other firms in its approach to training; their experiences so far and the work they’ve been exposed to; and the firm’s support and culture towards developing Trainees.

Running time: 10 minutes

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Collyer Bristow is one of London’s leading law firms. The firm provides high quality, individually tailored legal advice to a portfolio of international and domestic clients including businesses, wealthy individuals & families, and ambitious entrepreneurs.

Clients choose Collyer Bristow because they appreciate individuality, creativity and collaboration. They recognise that their needs may be unique and more complex, or that simply in progressing with their legal issue they value a more engaged and personalised service from their lawyers.

The firm has a particular reputation for Business; Dispute Resolution; Private Wealth; and Real Estate services. Collyer Bristow has an office in Geneva, supporting its Private Wealth practice, and is able to provide advice to international clients across multiple jurisdictions.

Tax and estate planning: The Private client services department includes a strong Tax and estate planning team which advises on wills, inheritance, tax planning and structuring, trusts and charities. It has particular strength in residence, non-domicile and offshore matters, powers of attorney and Court of Protection work, as well as trust and probate litigation.

Family: The firm’s leading Family team handles the full range of family issues including divorce, separation, civil partnership and cohabitation, the preparation of pre and post nuptial agreements and complex disputes involving financial issues or those concerning children.

Media and privacy: The team is a leader in the media and privacy field and has been involved in high-profile defamation and privacy claims, including acting for over 200 clients with claims arising from the phone hacking scandal. The team has represented many prominent figures from the world of sport, entertainment and politics including Sarah Lancashire and Caroline Nokes MP. It also handles disputes relating to harassment and cyber-stalking.

Commercial litigation: The innovative Commercial litigation team has substantial experience advising organisations on issues regarding breach of contract, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, civil fraud, trade disputes and product liability disputes. It is known for its strategic and tactical excellence and aims to resolve disputes as quickly and cost effectively as possible. The team’s clients include Manolete Partners plc and Greensphere Capital LLP.

Intellectual property and data protection: The firm has a strong reputation for IP and brand management work and has acted in high profile cases which have gone to trial or interlocutory hearings. Its work covers protection and exploitation of brands, negotiating IP commercial agreements, resolving disputes concerning patent, design rights, trade mark and copyright infringement. The team is also experienced in advising businesses on data protection and privacy and can carry out audits in preparation for the incoming GDPR. Clients include Sanrio UK Ltd and Wirth Research Ltd.

Employment: The Employment team provides commercial and practical advice to companies in managing their everyday HR issues and dealing with disputes, which can involve Employment Tribunal and High court litigation. The team regularly deals with matters involving unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, restraint of trade, TUPE, breach of contract, whistleblowing, flexible working, equal pay and business immigration.

Corporate and Commercial: The Corporate and Commercial team provides advice to national and international organisations across a wide range of industry sectors. It has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, company reconstructions, general company law, insolvency and corporate recovery.

Real estate: The experienced Real estate team acts for property owners, investors, developers, funders, sovereign wealth funds, landlords, and tenants dealing with all real estate transactions, from multi-million pound portfolio acquisitions to individual sales, commercial lettings, property management and real estate disputes. The team covers the full range of real estate services including construction, development and real estate finance.

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We look for individuals who demonstrate a strong academic performance, having gained a 2:1 or on track to achieve this.

We are also interested in your A levels, the subjects you studied and how that has led you to consider a career in Law.

We do not electronically pre-screen applications, we consider each application on its own merit. We recognise the value of having a diverse team, we value individuality, each of us has a different journey and experience which has bought you to applying.

Multiple teams

Training contract applications 2025/2026

It’s time to begin your legal career with Collyer Bristow.

Choosing the right law firm is one of the most important career decisions you will make.  We hope that you consider Collyer Bristow and just as your choice is pivotal to your career, so too are the decisions we must make.  The trainee solicitors we select are key to our future, so we take considerable time and care in our recruitment process.

You will spend six months in four practice areas, working with a range of people from senior partners to more recently qualified solicitors. We have a mentoring and performance coaching programme, training and appraisals which nurtures the development of your technical capability and client advisory skills.

We do not have any mandatory seat requirements, but we encourage our trainees to get exposure to both contentious and non-contentious work throughout their training contract.

You will be encouraged from an early stage to take responsibility for your own files and participate in managing the client’s work. You will also be given opportunities to start developing your BD and networking skills.

Traineeships will be confirmed one year in advance of their start date and will be open to applicants qualifying under the LPC route. Applicants for traineeships will be confirmed two years in advance of their start date and we will be accepting candidates who will be qualifying under the new SQE qualification.

If you have additional needs and requirements due to a medical reason, disability or any other reason that may prevent you from completing the online application in its current format please contact our HR team to discuss alternative arrangements or provisions for you.

Please note: when applying for a training contract we require three documents: A completed application form (download here), your CV, and a covering letter.  All three documents should be uploaded along with your application to be eligible for consideration.

SHARETwitterLinkedIn

Hear what Trainees say about their Training Contract with Collyer Bristow

Trainees Abbie Armstrong and Debbie Marin, and former Trainee (now qualified Associate) Luke Naylor, share their experiences of training with Collyer Bristow.

In this wide ranging interview they discuss openly their journey to applying to Collyer Bristow; the interview process; how Collyer Bristow differs from other firms in its approach to training; their experiences so far and the work they’ve been exposed to; and the firm’s support and culture towards developing Trainees.

Running time: 10 minutes

About the service

Collyer Bristow is one of London’s leading law firms. The firm provides high quality, individually tailored legal advice to a portfolio of international and domestic clients including businesses, wealthy individuals & families, and ambitious entrepreneurs.

Clients choose Collyer Bristow because they appreciate individuality, creativity and collaboration. They recognise that their needs may be unique and more complex, or that simply in progressing with their legal issue they value a more engaged and personalised service from their lawyers.

The firm has a particular reputation for Business; Dispute Resolution; Private Wealth; and Real Estate services. Collyer Bristow has an office in Geneva, supporting its Private Wealth practice, and is able to provide advice to international clients across multiple jurisdictions.

Tax and estate planning: The Private client services department includes a strong Tax and estate planning team which advises on wills, inheritance, tax planning and structuring, trusts and charities. It has particular strength in residence, non-domicile and offshore matters, powers of attorney and Court of Protection work, as well as trust and probate litigation.

Family: The firm’s leading Family team handles the full range of family issues including divorce, separation, civil partnership and cohabitation, the preparation of pre and post nuptial agreements and complex disputes involving financial issues or those concerning children.

Media and privacy: The team is a leader in the media and privacy field and has been involved in high-profile defamation and privacy claims, including acting for over 200 clients with claims arising from the phone hacking scandal. The team has represented many prominent figures from the world of sport, entertainment and politics including Sarah Lancashire and Caroline Nokes MP. It also handles disputes relating to harassment and cyber-stalking.

Commercial litigation: The innovative Commercial litigation team has substantial experience advising organisations on issues regarding breach of contract, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, civil fraud, trade disputes and product liability disputes. It is known for its strategic and tactical excellence and aims to resolve disputes as quickly and cost effectively as possible. The team’s clients include Manolete Partners plc and Greensphere Capital LLP.

Intellectual property and data protection: The firm has a strong reputation for IP and brand management work and has acted in high profile cases which have gone to trial or interlocutory hearings. Its work covers protection and exploitation of brands, negotiating IP commercial agreements, resolving disputes concerning patent, design rights, trade mark and copyright infringement. The team is also experienced in advising businesses on data protection and privacy and can carry out audits in preparation for the incoming GDPR. Clients include Sanrio UK Ltd and Wirth Research Ltd.

Employment: The Employment team provides commercial and practical advice to companies in managing their everyday HR issues and dealing with disputes, which can involve Employment Tribunal and High court litigation. The team regularly deals with matters involving unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, restraint of trade, TUPE, breach of contract, whistleblowing, flexible working, equal pay and business immigration.

Corporate and Commercial: The Corporate and Commercial team provides advice to national and international organisations across a wide range of industry sectors. It has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, company reconstructions, general company law, insolvency and corporate recovery.

Real estate: The experienced Real estate team acts for property owners, investors, developers, funders, sovereign wealth funds, landlords, and tenants dealing with all real estate transactions, from multi-million pound portfolio acquisitions to individual sales, commercial lettings, property management and real estate disputes. The team covers the full range of real estate services including construction, development and real estate finance.

Learn more

About you

We look for individuals who demonstrate a strong academic performance, having gained a 2:1 or on track to achieve this.

We are also interested in your A levels, the subjects you studied and how that has led you to consider a career in Law.

We do not electronically pre-screen applications, we consider each application on its own merit. We recognise the value of having a diverse team, we value individuality, each of us has a different journey and experience which has bought you to applying.

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