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Offices & Dress

9.5 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"We're in brand new offices (moved in August 2016). All fee earners have a large computer screen and a standing desk. The location is good as it's a five minute walk from Chancery Lane tube station."
First year trainee, London
"The new offices are great but a little cold. The dress code is generally smart casual in the week with dress down Fridays depending on your department."
First year trainee, London
"The new offices are a great improvement and the cafe has become a real meeting place."
Second year trainee, London
"We've just moved into a brand new office with amazing facilities. Standing desks (that also have the option to sit), gorgeous views, a nice open-plan system and an amazing cheap restaurant with a free barista service all day!"
First year trainee, London
"Lovely! Brand new office with a barista, canteen and great views. We have a good dress code – formal but comfortable."
First year trainee, London
"We've just moved to a great new office (although it is open plan now, which can be a bit noisy). All of the trainees still wear suit trousers and a shirt with no tie."
Second year trainee, London
"The new building is superb. The only way to improve it would be if there were an on-site gym. The dress code varies by department but, on the whole, it is suit without a tie (this is what I wear every day). Fridays are dress down, when jeans and trainers are acceptable."
First year trainee, London
"We have just moved into brand new premises. They are very modern and the facilities are fantastic, not least the 11th floor canteen with 360 degree views of London. We have shifted from traditional offices to a semi open-plan setup, which has taken a bit of adjusting to. In terms of dress code, most wear open collar and put on a tie and jacket for client meetings. Fridays are dress down."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"There is a new building almost completed and we are due to move in in July 2016"
Second year trainee, London
"The current offices are a mixed bag. One is a modern, glass office, and the other is drab white plasterboard. This will change next year, when we move into a brand new, purpose-built tower. As for the dress code, the office is fairly relaxed, and ties are optional. Most departments operate a dress down Friday."
Second year trainee, London
"It is frustrating having the firm split across three buildings, but this is all set to change in 2016 when we will finally all move into our new building just up the road! The dress code is very relaxed with ties rarely worn by the men and very few women in suits. Every department operates a 'dress down Friday' scheme and generally casual clothes are not frowned upon as long as appropriate clothes are worn for meetings."
Second year trainee, London
"By the time any new trainees join, Bird & Bird will be in a brand new, super-modern, purpose-built office building. The dress code is varies from department to department, but most have dress down Friday and ties are not compulsory."
First year trainee, London
"We're about to move to a new building though and this is going to be a first class space. The dress code varies by department, but is relatively relaxed. I have never worn a tie during my training contract, though some choose to. It's pretty much left to you to determine what it appropriate."
Second year trainee, London
"I find the office location and facilities really good, and I am loving the coffee machine. The dress code is pretty standard smart office attire and there are dress down Fridays. Our office is arguably slightly outdated, and the firm as a whole is split over three buildings - located a stone's throw from each other. That said, we're all upping sticks next year and moving down the road to a building that's just being completed now."
First year trainee, London
"The offices are currently fine, but we are about to move into swanky new offices in 2016."
London

2014

"The dress code is the casual side of business attire - it seems to vary from team to team. We have three buildings. The client-hosting building feels nice and modern. The other two are a little tired, but we're moving to brand new office space in 2016 so it's a temporary issue."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is currently split over three buildings, (some of which are not particularly great), but a shiny new one is on its way."
Second year trainee, London
"Currently, a new building is being built ready for 2016 just for the firm."
First year trainee, London
"We have a great location, but facilities and office space are a bit dated. The firm is split over three buildings with a very different set up in each. A new building is currently being built and expected for 2016 completion."
First year trainee, London
"We are moving to new offices soon. The dress code is not overly smart, unless of course you are meeting a client. The atmosphere in the offices is relaxed."
Second year trainee, London
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