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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Bird & Bird is a fun, sociable and friendly firm."
Pros: 
  • Approachable colleagues help to give the firm a sociable and relaxed culture.
  • Flexible hours and a lack of a face-time culture means that trainees can maintain a good work/life balance.
  • Retention rates are typically very strong as the firm sees trainees as investments and keeps intakes small.
  • There’s an initial training programme, as well as department-specific sessions, to help trainees develop their skills.
Cons: 
  • 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.
  • Some found the open-plan office made it difficult to make calls with privacy.
  • The new office building is very nice but can be cold.
Culture
9.2 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
 
Hours
8.5 / 10
 
Salary
7.4 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.9 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.0 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"The interview process is friendly and relaxed but it is important to remain professional..."

"The firm is the most co-operative one that I've been to. There's been no one that..."

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

"I have had very accessible supervisors. They mostly know when to encourage independence..."

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

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

"The pay is not as high as at other firms but the quality of life is so much better..."

"Perks include: a good pension (which the firm pays even if you don't), great social..."

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

"I was asked about certain recent legal developments and for an opinion on them."

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

"The firm has a good male/female mix. Retention is very strong."

"I would like to be drafting documents more than I am, as most of my tasks are research-based..."

"I've worked for a few clients who are pro bono and also helped out at the South Westminster..."

"The working hours, culture and the fact that everyone is friendly and approachab..."

"I feel like communication between departments within the firm or with HR could be..."

"Very high recommendations given by people who have gone before me in the legal field..."

"They have consistently been very strong."

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

"The firm is full of character, with market leading expertise."

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

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

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