Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bird & Bird LLP

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Engaging and sociable with good industry knowledge."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
8.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.2 / 10
8.2 / 10
6.8 / 10
6.4 / 10
Pro Bono
6.8 / 10


  • Approachable colleagues help to give the firm a sociable and relaxed culture.
  • Flexible hours and a lack of a face-time culture mean that trainees can maintain a good work/life balance.
  • There’s an initial training programme, as well as department-specific sessions, to help trainees develop their skills.


  • While retention rates at the firm are still very high, some felt that there could be more communication around the process.
  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"Research the firm and have a genuine interest in the type of work they do, and show..."

"Everyone is very friendly and approachable from the PAs to the partners, there really..."

"A fantastic training session programme is available. Examples of the non-legal skills..."

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

"The new building is superb. The only way to improve it would be if there were an..."

"The hours are very variable, but generally they are good, although you are expected..."

"I have always been treated very fairly in terms of salary and remuneration."

"We get a good pension, corporate gym membership, some free entry to London attractions,..."

"The process consists of a video interview, an assessment day (which is pretty tough..."

"A brief interview on the assessment day discussed how, as a trainee, I'd fit into..."

"The firm encourages recycling and the lights are on sensors so they don't waste energy..."

"The firm runs a great deal of programmes, but it is hard to see that filtering into..."

"Depending on department, you are encouraged to get work from as many fee earners..."

"The firm supports a wide range of pro bono activities and actively supports staff..."

"Friendly people to work with, good system of feedback, variety of work."

"The offices could be improved, but we are moving into a new one next year."

"The culture and the work that the firm does."

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

"The annual football tournament is a great way for all offices to interact (and compete..."

"Bird & Bird is a fun, sociable and friendly firm."

"There are a large number of events held to assist/attract non-typical applicants..."

"Make more lockers available for cyclists."

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