Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Bird & Bird LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Bird & Bird LLP

The verdict

Bird & Bird has a ‘reputation for changing the legal landscape and thinking outside the box’, which has not gone unnoticed by its trainees. ‘Tech-centric work’, a strong reputation in IP and life sciences, and a ‘sector focus in tech, comms, media, entertainment and sport’ excited recruits. High-level work is not reserved for senior fee earners, as ‘teams really do value contributions from every individual’, which ensures that trainees can get involved too. Indeed, ‘career development is important’ to supervisors at Bird & Bird. Lex 100 Winner awards have been secured for the firm’s vibrant social life and impressive vacation scheme. In terms of work/life balance, most respondents consider the hours ‘far better’ than at some comparable firms and note that ‘people are very respectful of your evenings and commitments, unless totally necessary’. But a ‘solo all-nighter between Christmas and New Year’ is proof that the hours can be gruelling at times and some trainees felt that ‘the pay does not always compensate’ for this. To lessen the blow, juniors are given exciting work such as ‘drafting several legal documents from scratch’ and ‘working on a high-profile sports arbitration with only the QC (who is also the head of department)’. Recruits were less enthused about tasks such as ‘a laborious due diligence exercise as part of an M&A deal which dragged on for months’, ‘spending 15-hour days on a proof reading task’ and ‘running around to meet court deadlines’. On the plus side, the ‘canteen and coffee shop are excellent’. To do ‘genuinely interesting work for innovative clients’ in a firm which has a ‘friendly culture’ and an ‘active social life’, consider Bird & Bird.