Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bird & Bird LLP

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"A personable and enthusiastic firm that is great in its chosen practices/sectors."
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...

"When I applied I submitted an application followed by a pre-recorded video interview...."

"Office hours are reasonable with no requirement to stay because the boss is in –..."

"A fantastic training session programme is available. Examples of the non-legal skills..."

"Partners and associates are very approachable and generally take the time to ensure..."

"The new offices are a great improvement and the cafe has become a real meeting p..."

"Very reasonable. The firm completely understands that you have personal commitments..."

"Pay could be increased to reflect the greater number of hours now being worked. It's..."

"HR are great at organising events and dinners, which they often provide a budget..."

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

"A brief interview on the assessment day discussed how, as a trainee, I'd fit into..."

"The new building seems geared to reducing the firm's carbon footprint."

"I have experienced nothing to lead me to think the firm is not committed to diversity...."

"My role often equates to junior associate with regular client interaction through..."

"There are wide ranging and diverse pro bono opportunities. I have attended a session..."

"I am yet to meet a colleague who isn't helpful and friendly. Everyone has taken the..."

"Our pay could be better."

"The culture and the work that the firm does."

"Retention rates are generally good and the firm has always tried to accommodate trainee..."

"We won our first patent case in 1909."

"Supportive, modern and enjoyable."

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

"Turn the heating up in the office."

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