Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bird & Bird LLP

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, commercial, inclusive."
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...

"Pick out a few aspects of the firm that make Bird & Bird stand out and be prepared..."

"Hierarchy isn't really a thing here. Teamwork can vary by department but smaller..."

"There are constant seminars on all of the areas that the firm operates in and trainees..."

"All of my supervisors have been keen to help me learn, and generally the solicitors..."

"Currently, a new building is being built ready for 2016 just for the firm."

"The firm does not have a culture of long hours for the sake of it. If there is work..."

"As a trainee, I think I have a very good starting salary."

"There's an annual football tournament held internationally between all the different..."

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

"There were very few 'big' questions. It was more of a chat where they were trying..."

"Recycling is encouraged but as with all legal offices there is a vast amount of printing,..."

"HR are definitely working towards diversifying the firm. The profession as a whole..."

"The quality of work varies by department. There are inevitably more administrative..."

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

"Great hours, great training, great people."

"Levels of responsibility could be increased. A number of the tasks I am given I could..."

"I applied to Bird & Bird because of its strong sector focus, quality client set and..."

"Retention rates are usually very good but I think there has been a dip across all..."

"At least four fee earners in the London office have competed in sport at a national..."

"Friendly, incredible, inspiring."

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

"Make more lockers available for cyclists."

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