Bird & Bird


The Lawyer UK 200

  • UK 200 Position: 24
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Position: 21 h
Firm: Bird & Bird

Turnover: £143.7m
Profit per equity partner: £515K
Earnings per partner: £295K
Equity spread: £144K-£815K
Net profit: £25.4m
Profit margin: 18 per cent
Revenue per fee-earner: £216K
Revenue per lawyer: £260K
Revenue per partner: £915K
Revenue per equity partner: £2.61m
Total number of fee-earners: 665
Total number of qualified partners: 552
Total number of partners: 157
Total number of equity partners: 55
Total number of female partners: 34
Total number of female equity partners: 0
Total number of staff: 1,172
Leverage ratio (equity partners/fee-earners): 1:9




INTERNAL PROMOTIONS
2006-07: Competition 2, corporate 1, finance 1, IP 1, IT 1, regulatory 1, tax 1, telecoms 2
2005-06: Aviation 1, corporate 1, employment 1, IP 2, IT 2, media 1, public procurement 1, telecoms 2
2004-05: Corporate 2, employment 1, IP 4, IT 1, litigation 1

LATERALS
2006-07: Arbitration 1, corporate 3, employment 1, finance 3, IP 3, IT 1, sport 2, telecoms 3
2005-06: Aviation 1, corporate 3, employment 2, finance 1, IP 2, IT 1, litigation 1, media 1, tax 1
2004-05: Communications 3, corporate 3, data protection 1, life sciences 1, real estate 1, public sector 1

Intake as percentage of partnership: 22.1
New female partners as percentage of intake: 18.5
Firms recruited from: Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hammonds, Jones Day, Loyens & Loeff, Simmons & Simmons, SJ Berwin, WilmerHale
Equity structure: 55 equity partners, 67 non-equity
Practice area(s) most heavily promoted: Competition, corporate, IP
*Figures supplied relate to the calendar year

Bird & Bird has increased its rate of lateral hires during the past three years to reach 17 in 2006-07 following a string of international recruitments at a rate of more than one a month. The firm appointed 14 partners in offices outside the UK in 2006, with Madrid securing the largest share with three hires. For the past three years laterals have outnumbered internal promotions. The biggest push has been in corporate, with nine laterals and four internals.

  • Web: www.twobirds.com
  • Telephone: 020 7415 6000
  • Fax: 020 7415 6111
  • No. of Trainees: 31
  • No. of Trainee Vacancies: 18
  • Training contract application deadline: 31-Jul-08
  • Selection
    • Individual interview: No
    • Panel interview: No
    • Assessment day: Yes
    • Psychometric test: No
    • Written exercise: No
    • Presentation: No
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Opportunities Abroad:Yes
  • Vacation Schemes
    • No. placements: 20
    • Summer vacation scheme application deadline: 31-Jan-08
  • GDL/CPE Intake: 30
  • GDL/CPE funding
    • Fees: Yes
    • Maintenance: £5,500
  • LPC funding
    • Fees: Yes
    • Maintenance: £5,500
  • Salary/benefits
    • Start: £37,000
    • Qualification: £60,000
    • Season ticket loan: Yes
    • Healthcare: Yes
    • Pension scheme: Yes
    • Life assurance: Yes
    • Bonus scheme: No
    • Gym membership: Yes
    • Subsidised lunch: No
    • Free taxis after hours: No