At Baker McKenzie, we’re committed to nurturing and supporting our people in a personable, open, friendly and diverse environment. We want to make your career journey enjoyable, and we believe that our way of working does just that.
Work to live – not vice versa
We think that people who work as hard as our teams do deserve time to enjoy themselves. That’s why we’ve worked hard to create a social and inclusive work environment that recognises the need to wind down, let off steam and have some fun.
“Because Vacation Scheme and Training Contract intakes are small, you get to know the Graduate Recruitment & Development team and the Trainees well. You don’t have to worry about being just another face or number – everyone has the chance to get to know each other on a more personal level.”
ELLIE AUSTIN WILLIAMS
Inclusion & diversity
We strive to maintain an inclusive environment for all our people, regardless of age, gender, race, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, HIV status and socio-economic background.
We take pride in being one of the very few law firms to have a dedicated Diversity Partner and we’re one of just eleven Social Mobility Business Compact Champions in the UK, which has seen us taking a lead role in improving social mobility in the UK. We were one of the first two organisations in any industry to become Contextual Recruitment Pioneers and to introduce name-blind recruitment.
We are dedicated supporters of equal rights. That’s why we’ve been members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme since 2006. We rank 11th in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index. In 2016 we received Global Stonewall Champion status and Senior Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Justine Thompson was named Stonewall’s Workplace Ally of the Year.
We have a number of staff networks – all of which actively encourage Trainee involvement:
“I love that Baker McKenzie is truly diverse. We have a culture where differences are valued and people are encouraged to be themselves – I think that makes for a unique professional environment.”
Inclusion & Diversity Manager
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
As a firm, we are committed to giving our time, resources and skills to our local community. Our CSR programme falls into three main areas:
The London office elects two main charities every year. Over the last two years we are delighted to have raised over £60,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Richard House Children's Hospice.
What’s more, our Volunteer Day Scheme gives all staff the opportunity to take paid time off to work with charities during office hours. Over the last year our people refurbished classrooms, fundraised events for a wide range of charities, participated in a primary school reading schemes, served lunches to homeless guests with the Connection at St Martin's and held citizenship lessons through the Lawyers in Schools programme.
We consider pro bono work a fundamental professional responsibility of our lawyers. Our major pro bono clients include NSPCC, Save the Children, Amicus, Cancer Research UK and the UN High Commission for Refugees.
Being part of a global law firm gives us exciting opportunities to get involved in cross-border projects, and we have recently worked with the Consortium for Street Children. In addition our legal staff also advise individuals at a Legal Advice Centre in Bethnal Green on issues ranging from debt and consumer issues to property disputes.
We believe we have a duty to minimise the negative impact of our business on the environment and have implemented a number of initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint. These include eliminating GM products, maintaining an extensive recycling scheme and establishing a green roof which absorbs rainwater and creates a habitat for wildlife, including the rare Black Redstart.