Who we are
Way back in 1948, two successful lawyers, Russell Baker & John McKenzie, shared a taxi ride home from work. They shared a vision – to create a truly global law firm, staffed by experienced and talented local lawyers with equal partnership rights. From this meeting, Baker McKenzie was born.
Today, we have offices in over 70 locations across nearly 50 countries. Together, we work across a range of specialist practice areas to deliver a full range of legal services to a varied network of clients.
“I think the Firm works so well for so many of our clients because we are everywhere they are. Even if we haven’t got the personal understanding of a jurisdiction, we know we can pick up the phone to someone who does – that contextual knowledge is always at our fingertips.”
As a premier global law firm, we advise an impressive roster of top-flight clients, including venture capital funds, investment banks, technology powerhouses and household name brands.
Life at Baker McKenzie
At Baker McKenzie, we are proud to be the first truly multi-national law firm. We believe a diverse workforce is a stronger workforce and better placed to serve our clients and the communities in which we operate.
“I joined Baker McKenzie for its friendly and supportive culture; when I got here I found that it was all true. There really is an open door policy here.”
The London office
Where better to start your journey with us than the largest office of our global platform? Our London office was founded back in 1961 and plays a pivotal role within the Firm, co-ordinating many of our multi-jurisdictional transactions.
Much of our work is cross-border and our Corporate and Finance teams, in particular, regularly advise on and co-ordinate complex, cross-border transactions. We work in close partnership with the rest of our offices around the world.
We’re a big firm. But our team-oriented culture, collaborative approach and many social events all make for an inclusive environment – so, as a Trainee, you’ll never feel anonymous.
“I'm part of the social committee, and help to arrange regular office wide events. This has exposed me to national events, such as LGBT Pride. The principles that underpin Baker McKenzie are all about supporting what's right and having a positive impact. I like to think the work I'm doing reinforces those values too.”
It’s our people that make the difference to our Firm, and we believe in looking after them. With this in mind, we offer a competitive Trainee starting salary of £45,000, paying in the upper quartile of City law firms.
- Insurance cover – private medical/life/ dental/ income protection
- Season ticket loans
- Group Personal Pension Plan, mortgage advice and independent financial advice
- Gym subsidy
- Give As You Earn Scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Employee Healthcare Programmes incl. health screening, onsite GP, onsite physiotherapy, private A&E, flu jabs and eye care
- Subsidised restaurant
- Cycle to Work Scheme and Zip Car
- Foreign currency exchange and travel insurance
- Concierge and discounts service
- Childcare Vouchers, Emergency Childcare, Dependent Care and Home Care