Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bird & Bird LLP

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Bird & Bird is innovative, cool, friendly and intelligent."
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 thoroughly and see how you are aligned with the firm's culture..."

"The firm contains a lot of sociable, like-minded people. Colleagues are interesting..."

"The firm takes a personal approach to your career development ensuring you get at..."

"There is a mentoring scheme with new qualifiers, which has been a really good point..."

"We have just moved into brand new premises. They are very modern and the facilities..."

"The firm is flexible in terms of fitting in your personal life around work, i.e...."

"I wasn't after the firm that pays the most - I wanted a firm that pays a competitive..."

"The best perks include the very subsidised restaurant and the views that accompany..."

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

"I was asked about Oscar Pistorious' trial and whether firms should take instructions..."

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

"The childcare and opportunities for women are probably very good compared to other..."

"There is a huge range of work to get involved in within Commercial and everyone is..."

"There are lots of pro bono projects: teaching in schools, 'Own It' Intellectual Property..."

"The new building is amazing with a great canteen that's subsidised. The desks are..."

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

"I wanted to work for the firm as it has genuine dedication to sector expertise, a..."

"Retention rates are excellent. The firm recruits at trainee level with the expectation..."

"Bird & Bird was one of the first law firms in the City to have a website."

"A friendly and sector-focused firm."

"More international secondment opportunities would be ideal."

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