Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Bird & Bird LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Bird & Bird LLP

The verdict

Known for ‘tech focus, IP acumen, friendly culture, work/life balance, and cutting-edge clients’, Bird & Bird LLP is a high-achieving international firm popular with aspiring media and technology lawyers. The firm is well regarded for its lack of a ‘competitive atmosphere’ among trainees, and a ‘less corporate-y’ feeling while still providing good quality of work having ‘niche sectors and interesting clients.’ Trainees highlight the ‘work/life balance’ and ‘much better social life and work events’ than elsewhere. The training is less rigid and involves ‘close contact with partners’. It is described as a ‘relaxed firm with no face-time’ culture. The firm has a ‘fresh feel’ and colleagues work with ‘dedication and genuine interest’. Trainees remark that diversity could be improved, particularly ‘the approach to inclusivity’, and bemoan a lack of ‘transparency about NQ process’. However, the firm hosts a popular vacation scheme and is praised for its industry secondment opportunities, such as at ‘a large name within the sport sector’ and other major clients. There are ‘varied, really fun and fulfilling’ pro-bono and CSR opportunities available, especially with local schools, and ‘good social mobility schemes’. Respondents complain about the internal IT system and office facilities including lifts, but also praise the ‘work/life balance and social life’. Highlights of training included ‘being able to take ownership of, run and close the leasing of a sea plane in Indonesia’ and ‘leading on a submission to the EUIPO’.