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About Bird & Bird LLP

Over the course of nearly 190 years, Bird & Bird has evolved into a respected global business, serving clients in 120 countries from 29 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Today, our clients include the owners of seven of the ten most valuable brands on the planet and more than half of those listed by Forbes as the world’s 100 most innovative companies. We operate at the forefront of a range of sectors including: aviation and defence, automotive, communications, electronics, energy and utilities, financial services, food, healthcare, information technology, life sciences, media, entertainment and sports.

The firm is ambitious and we manage to combine a resilient business approach with a hugely supportive attitude to our employees. We are proud of our friendly, stimulating environment where individuals are able to develop first class legal, business and interpersonal skills. We have an open and collegiate culture reflected in our strong retention and assistant involvement. The firm is structured with a strong international perspective to our culture: integrated teams working for cross-border clients as well as a range of international sport and social activities support this.

At Bird & Bird, we have a genuine commitment to acting as a responsible employer and also as a proactive member of our local and wider international communities. We have a full programme of Corporate Responsibility initiatives and policies in place, which fall under three broad areas: People, Community and Environment.

Who we recruit

We recognise that our lawyers are our most important asset and that is why we recruit strong graduates capable of developing expert legal skills and commercial acumen. A certain level of intelligence and common sense is a prerequisite (we look for excellent A levels and a strong 2.1), but more importantly we look for well-rounded individuals who will fit in.

Our trainee solicitors are outgoing, articulate team-players, willing to work hard when called upon and genuinely interested in progressing their careers. We aim to recruit people who will stay with the firm and therefore seek candidates who have a long-term interest in Bird & Bird and the sectors and areas of legal practice we focus on.

Our training contract

Trainees take on responsibility from day one and enjoy varied and challenging work for industry-shaping clients. If you become a trainee with us, you will be given the chance to excel.

We run a business skills development programme to provide you with the basic building blocks for your future development within the business of law. The firm is still personal enough for our trainees to make their mark in our friendly, stimulating work place.

Trainees spend six months in four of the following practice areas: corporate, commercial, employment, banking, aviation, tax, intellectual property, dispute resolution and real estate.

Trainees are also encouraged to join the number of sports teams at the firm and to attend various social events.

We hold three vacation schemes each year. One in spring (one week long) and two in summer (one week long). There are 40 positions available across the three schemes.

Vacation Scheme dates:

  • Spring Vacation Scheme: Monday 9 April – Friday 13 April 2018
  • Summer Vacation Scheme 1: Monday 16 July – Friday 20 July 2018
  • Summer Vacation Scheme 2: Monday 23 July – Friday 27 July 2018

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