Bird & Bird

The Legal Cheek View

There is a buzz around Bird & Bird right now, as the technology-focused firm rides the wave of a boom in the sector. Profit per equity partner is up for a second consecutive year, jumping by 11% to £503,000, while revenue has risen 6% to £273.8 million. Recent work highlights include advising the European Commission and UK government on changes to data protection regulations and acting for Nokia on its patent dispute with Apple.

The growth has coincided with the firm’s move into a gleaming new London office on 12 New Fetter Lane. Trainees tell us that it is generally “awesome”, with client rooms that are “a sight to behold”. In the main area the optional standing desks particularly impress. The jewel in the crown is a canteen with a “wonderful view” of the City. It is said to serve “excellent munch”, including “excellent cooked or non-cooked breakfasts, and “a good range of salads and vegetarian food”. There’s also free barista-made coffee.

The nice position that Bird & Bird finds itself in is no piece of good fortune. In the early days of the internet, it became one of the first law firms to establish its own website, choosing the quirky domain name way back in 1995. Since then it has built out from its core of telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) work to widen its focus towards more standard corporate and finance instructions.

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Key Info

Training contracts 18
Latest trainee retention rate 83%
Offices 28
Countries 18
Minimum A-level requirement None
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

While Bird & Bird has no formal minimum A-level requirement, it looks for "strong academics".

Insider Scorecard

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Insider Scorecard Grades range from A* to D and are derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18 of over 2,000 trainees and junior associates at the leading law firms in the UK.


Average arrival time 9:09am
Average leave time 7:02pm
Annual target hours 1,300
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £38,000
Second year trainee salary £40,000
Newly qualified salary £62,000
Profit per equity partner £503,000
GDL grant £5,500
LPC grant £5,500


UK female associates 55%
UK female partners 22%
UK BME associates 5%
UK BME partners 0%

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