Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bird & Bird LLP

8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"A bright, energetic firm with clients at the cutting edge of its fields."
9.2 / 10
Formal Training
8.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
8.5 / 10
7.4 / 10
7.9 / 10
Pro Bono
7.0 / 10


  • Approachable colleagues help to give the firm a sociable and relaxed culture.
  • Flexible hours and a lack of a face-time culture means that trainees can maintain a good work/life balance.
  • Retention rates are typically very strong as the firm sees trainees as investments and keeps intakes small.
  • There’s an initial training programme, as well as department-specific sessions, to help trainees develop their skills.


  • Salaries are thought to be slightly below those on offer at similar firms.
  • The responsibility given to trainees has a tendency to vary between departments.
  • Some found the open-plan office made it difficult to make calls with privacy.
  • The new office building is very nice but can be cold.

What insiders say about...

"Research the firm thoroughly and see how you are aligned with the firm's culture..."

"The partners and associates are all approachable and willing to answer questions...."

"The induction programme was very good and elaborated on every area of the firm, which..."

"Informal mentoring is good; trainees get allocated a mentor throughout their LPC..."

"We have just moved into brand new premises. They are very modern and the facilities..."

"The firm is flexible in terms of fitting in your personal life around work, i.e...."

"The pay is not as high as at other firms but the quality of life is so much better..."

"The restaurant. We have free barista-style coffee, which makes getting through any..."

"There is an application form and a video interview. This was followed by an assessment..."

"I was asked about my application and my time at university. However, I understand..."

"I am not too sure about the firm's environmental credentials. We are encouraged to..."

"From a recruitment perspective it's a firm that is very open to employing people..."

"I have regular client interaction and feel heavily involved throughout a matter and..."

"There are charity events to raise money, volunteering schemes which read in schools..."

"The culture and people at the firm make for a friendly working environment."

"Pay is slightly lower than market average, though we do have a better work/life ..."

"I chose this firm because of its reputation, culture, work/life balance and type..."

"Retention is very good. The trainee cohort is small compared to the size of the firm..."

"Our canteen is called the Bird Table!"

"The firm is innovative, collaborative and interesting."

"The firm has held and attended events for ethnic minorities interested in a career..."

"I would like pay that is more in-line with other, similarly sized City firms."