Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bird & Bird LLP

8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"The firm is full of character, with market leading expertise."
9.2 / 10
Formal Training
8.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
8.5 / 10
7.4 / 10
7.9 / 10
Pro Bono
7.0 / 10


  • 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.


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"Know the firm inside out: website, promotional material and recent deals/cases, etc...."

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

"I have picked up communication, presentation and negotiation skills - there are a..."

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

"We've just moved to a great new office (although it is open plan now, which can be..."

"Pretty flexible on hours. There are no problems with working flexibly if have appointments..."

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

"The firm is part of a Europe-wide football tournament, which it pays for! Lots of..."

"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."

"The firm encourages recycling and the lights are on sensors so they don't waste energy..."

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

"Client interaction is very seat dependent. In some seats you have a lot of client..."

"There is lots of corporate social responsibility stuff going on - from teaching citizenship..."

"I am working with nice people doing interesting work."

"Pay is slightly lower than market average, though we do have a better work/life ..."

"I had a particular interest in media and intellectual property so Bird & Bird was..."

"While the firm retention rates are very good, there is healthy competition for new..."

"We have table football in the office kitchens."

"Friendly, incredible, inspiring."

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

"Better assigning of which departments need trainees as some trainees were very busy..."

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