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Bird & Bird LLP

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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"The firm is full of character, with market leading expertise...."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.8 / 10
7.6 / 10
6.8 / 10
7.3 / 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 help trainees to maintain a good work/life balance.
  • There’s an initial training programme, as well as department-specific sessions, to help trainees develop their skills.


  • Salaries are thought to be slightly less competitive than they could be.
  • The responsibility given to trainees has a tendency to vary between departments.
  • Some trainees would like more frequent feedback.

What insiders say about...

"Be yourself in your application. Prepare by researching the firm and knowing what..."

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

"There are a large number of training sessions held in the initial weeks, focusing..."

"Trainees have supervisors and trainee 'buddies' who provide lots of support."

"By the time any new trainees join, Bird & Bird will be in a brand new, super-modern,..."

"In my experience the hours are reasonably flexible depending on what is on."

"Good pay, especially when balanced against the work/life culture. It's nice to have..."

"We have a monthly departmental drinks trolley and a free day off around Christmas..."

"After the application form you have a video interview, then if successful you are..."

"Aside from the usual ones about yourself, why law, why Bird & Bird etc, they tend..."

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

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

"The quality of work is good. There are, of course, traditional trainee tasks but..."

"There is lots of corporate social responsibility stuff going on - from teaching citizenship..."

"The high level of responsibility, varied client base and interesting cases."

"You can feel like a secondary department if you're not in commercial or intellectual..."

"I chose Bird & Bird because of its reputation in the industry, the quality individuals..."

"They have traditionally been very good."

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

"An interesting, fun and straightforward place to work."

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

"Higher salaries to be more competitive."

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