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Bird & Bird LLP

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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"Fun, exciting, innovative."
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...

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

"Hierarchy isn't really a thing here. Teamwork can vary by department but smaller..."

"There is firm-wide and departmental training. Trainees are given lots of opportunity..."

"Most people are always available to help guide you through your training contract...."

"There is a new building almost completed and we are due to move in in July 2016"

"It varies from department to department of course, but where I am it is a 9:30am..."

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

"We have table football in the kitchen, trainee socials and summer parties."

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

"I was asked why I wanted to work at Bird & Bird and what I thought set the firm apart..."

"I am not too sure about the firm's environmental credentials. We are encouraged to..."

"HR are definitely working towards diversifying the firm. The profession as a whole..."

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

"There are charity events to raise money, volunteering schemes which read in schools..."

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

"It isn't set up particularly well for after-hours working, which is frustrating when..."

"The sectors it specialises in, particularly the tech-focus."

"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."

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

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

"Associates could be more proactive when involving trainees in high-quality work."

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