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6.7 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2015)

2015

"We are not the highest paid trainees, but personally I think it is definitely worth the cut for the quality of work and work/life balance you get here."
First year trainee, London
"As trainee salaries go, it's not the best, but then again, I think the trainees at this firm are a lot happier than other firms, so I'm happy with that trade off."
Second year trainee, London
"I am currently not familiar with the bonus structure as I have just started. Salary-wise, it is slightly below what other firms might pay, but the work/life balance is good, so on a per-hour basis it is a very competitive salary."
First year trainee, London
"I wasn't after the firm that pays the most - I wanted a firm that pays a competitive market amount but offers a sound work/life balance, rather than paying top dollar but leaving you no time and energy to spend it. I think our trainee pay and pay progression, health care, pensions etc is all pitched perfectly."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I have always been treated very fairly in terms of salary and remuneration."
First year trainee, London
"Bonuses are discretionary and depend on performance. Pay is generally competitive when compared against similar firms. Some departments who regularly work long hours may feel they are slightly underpaid."
Second year trainee, London
"Pay is a little lower than other top firms but it is worth it as Bird & Bird is a firm which very much invests in your future as a solicitor."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is good but very slightly below other similar size firms, and obviously not the same as US firms."
First year trainee, London
"Pay could be increased to reflect the greater number of hours now being worked. It's not quite Magic Circle/US firm-style yet but is going in that direction and I believe pay should reflect this."
First year trainee, London
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