Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bird & Bird LLP

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"A quirky, fun, market leading and cool place to work."
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...

"Definitely do the vacation scheme as it will give you a better understanding of whether..."

"Everyone at the firm's friendly and approachable. There is definitely an 'open-door'..."

"It's a bit front-loaded. We do a lot of training in the first few weeks of the training..."

"I have had very approachable, friendly supervisors who always have time to help you..."

"The dress code is the casual side of business attire - it seems to vary from team..."

"Hours are flexible in that the firm appreciates some commitments can't be cancelled...."

"Pay may be slightly lower than some other London firms but it is still competitive...."

"Perks include: a good pension (which the firm pays even if you don't), great social..."

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

"Most of the questions were about my CV. However, a few current affairs questions..."

"Our new offices are designed so as to minimise our carbon footprint."

"The firm has a good male/female mix. Retention is very strong."

"I'm really satisfied. I've been given a variety of different tasks, most of which..."

"We are all given one free day off to do corporate social responsibility activities..."

"Team environment, the people, work is appreciated, good quality of work."

"We're currently very busy. However, this does show that the firm's successful."

"The culture: the friendly nature of everyone at the firm really came across when..."

"Retention rates are excellent: slightly below 100%, but for the right reasons. Trainees..."

"We use a lot of Bird-puns internally, for example: The Bird Table (canteen), Nest..."

"Great culture, great client base, great training."

"The firm does not look at only 'redbrick' or a defined group of universities and..."

"More international secondment opportunities would be ideal."

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