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Culture

9.2 / 10

(based on 26 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The after-hours culture is very strong. There have been numerous events already and I play in one of the sport teams after work. Within the office, the culture is very friendly and this makes everyone approachable and comfortable."
First year trainee, London
"There's very little hierarchy and the vast majority of partners and seniors are very approachable. There's no face-time culture so, if you are not busy, you can go home early. Teams work well together in the departments I've been in and there is a sense of everyone being 'happy to muck in' when necessary."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a very friendly culture at the firm – everyone is busy but you can ask anyone a question. Partners are generally approachable and associates are keen to educate and to distribute meaningful and worthwhile work to trainees. The hours are not too bad and the only pressure to work late nights (unless there is a very pressing deadline) comes from oneself. The trainees are all very supportive of each other and everyone gets together for breakfast and lunch if we can. We also try to socialise at least once a week outside of the office. The firm are always supportive of this."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is the most co-operative one that I've been to. There's been no one that I've met so far that wasn't happy to help me if I had a problem. Everyone just wants the firm to succeed and to help our clients so we work together to achieve that aim. Outside of office hours, everyone is fun and social. In my three weeks at the firm, I've been to four evening social events and my calendar is already filling up with more. People genuinely want to spend time with each other here."
First year trainee, London
"There is no real sense of hierarchy, which is good, and everyone appears to respect a trainee's opinion. There is also a fair amount of socialising, which enables you to get to know your team outside of a working environment."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a huge number of social events. For instance, we recently had a trainee and new qualifier social to welcome those of us that were first seat trainees. It was a lot of fun and did more than break the ice. The majority of partners also seem very approachable."
First year trainee, London
"Office hours are reasonable with no requirement to stay because the boss is in – if you have no work, go home. Co-operation and instruction is second to none. Partners take a hands on role with your development and seem genuinely interested. The firm encourages you to be well rounded."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is unpretentious, collaborative and supportive. Everyone, including partners, is approachable and personable. I feel encouraged to be myself and to seek out work that appeals to me. Socially, the culture is fantastic with lots of opportunities to interact with colleagues away from the desk."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Almost everyone at the firm is sociable, both inside and outside of working hours. There is no real hierarchy here and partners are just as approachable as junior associates."
Second year trainee, London
"The work/life culture is great in the Commercial department. Everyone is very sociable both in and out of work hours."
First year trainee, London
"In terms of culture, there are plenty of social opportunities and a good sense of teamwork between the trainees to help one another. Everyone so far has been very friendly and approachable and when I am given work it is explained clearly."
First year trainee, London
"Bird & Bird has a fairly casual and non-hierarchical feel: the partners are genuinely approachable. The trainees have a great social calendar, including sports."
First year trainee, London
"Staff are very supportive and keen on training and development. There is no 'face-time' culture and a good work balance is in place. Partners and associates are very approachable, and staff have a good social life. We are required to work hard when we are at the office, but if we have completed our tasks, we are not expected to stick around."
First year trainee, London
"There is a friendly, welcoming culture in the office, with a strong after-work social presence, both firm-wide and inter-departmental."
First year trainee, London
"The partners and associates are all approachable and willing to answer questions. There are a number of social events put on by the firm each year and the trainees regularly socialise with each other outside of work."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is not hugely hierarchical. A team spirit is noticeable in every department, and everyone gets on very well, and socialises on a very regular basis."
London
"Everyone is very friendly and approachable from the PAs to the partners, there really is an 'open-door' policy, mainly due to the fact that some offices don't even have doors! The firm is also very social, with the Friday migration to the local pub a common occurrence."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Most people are very approachable, ready and willing to offer assistance/advice and easy to work with. The firm has very good after work social events and camaraderie between colleagues."
Second year trainee, London
"During office hours the firm has lots of friendly people who are very approachable and patient. There are many people here that I actually call my friends and see outside of work."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone at the firm's friendly and approachable. There is definitely an 'open-door' policy. We also have loads of social activities after work to get involved in if you want, and on a Friday everyone heads to the pub by 5:30/6:00pm."
First year trainee, London
"There is a very good firm culture and friendly people at all levels - real 'open-door' policy. Partners are supportive and motivating. Good socialising, whether through post-work drinks or sports events. Trainees are treated as part of the team and fully involved in every aspect of the work, (ranging from client pitches, client meetings, presenting in front of clients and work in the office)."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm contains a lot of sociable, like-minded people. Colleagues are interesting themselves and interested in your life. Partners give off the impression that they have time for you and genuinely will sit down and give you their time on a regular basis. This loosens the feel of a hierarchy. Associates make an effort to work closely with trainees and get to know them. There are several sport/social events going on every week. Trainees choose to spend time together outside of work."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is social with a good team environment. Friendships are encouraged, as is socialising outside of the office through sports and other social events. Everyone pitches in together to get the work done. Rarely are you there as a trainee late at night without the associate and sometimes even partner working on the matter. Teamwork is emphasised and is clearly evident."
First year trainee, London
"The firm tries not to avoid a top-down management style. This is great, because it allows partners to operate relatively independently. At the same time, most people have a good idea of firm strategy."
First year trainee, London
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