Bird & Bird LLP

Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bird & Bird LLP

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"Dynamic, innovative and leading."
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...

"Commercial awareness is key. Make sure you know what is going on in the legal world..."

"Trainees can talk to partners with ease and it feels like there's not a great deal..."

"The training has been comprehensive and continues throughout the training contract...."

"Associates and partners are extremely accessible and, in my experience, good at providing..."

"The firm is currently split over three buildings, (some of which are not particularly..."

"A standard day would be 9.30 am to 7.00 pm but later days do happen. It really depends..."

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

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

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

"You will probably be asked to discuss something that's recently been in the news...."

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

"My trainee intake is over 50% female and I think the firm is doing its best on diversity,..."

"The work can vary from leading a client call to drafting to sending out letters and..."

"A good level of pro bono projects are available and taking time out of the working..."

"Bird & Bird promotes a good work/life balance, and the work I have been given so..."

"There are some inconsistencies between managers and departments."

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

"Retention rates are excellent. The approach here is to take on less trainees in the..."

"We have table football in the office kitchens."

"Sociable and friendly with interesting and innovative work."

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

"I would prefer a slightly wider range of work in some seats."

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