Bird & Bird

The Legal Cheek View

Ever since Bird & Bird became one of the first law firms to establish its own website, choosing the quirky domain name twobirds.com way back in 1995, it’s been clear that this is an organisation that understands branding. Certainly it has helped that Bird & Bird’s origins are in the sexy area of telecommunications, media and technology (TMT). But it’s notable that as the firm has widened its focus to include more standard corporate and finance work it has managed to preserve a very positive image.

One of the reasons must surely be the strong internal culture that management has fostered – the crowning glory of which is the legendary mini firm World Cup football tournament that Bird & Bird runs. With the competition between teams from the firm’s international offices held in a different city each year, this is the ultimate bonding exercise. As you would expect, the footie is optional, with most just enjoying the opportunity to “meet international colleagues over a weekend of partying”. This year’s event was held in a spa hotel in Budapest.

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Key Info

Training contracts 18
Latest trainee retention rate 88%
Offices 27
Countries 18
Minimum A-level requirement ABB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A*
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
A*
Perks
A
Office
A
Canteen
C
Social life
A*
Chances of secondment abroad
A

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:14am
Average leave time 6:50pm
Annual target hours 1,450
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £38,000
Second year trainee salary £40,000
Newly qualified salary £62,000
Profit per equity partner £454,000
GDL grant £5,500
LPC grant £5,500

Diversity

UK female associates 52%
UK female partners 19%
UK BME associates 5%
UK BME partners 0%

Universities Current Trainees Attended