The kind of lawyers we are

Baker McKenzie is all about enabling our lawyers to be the best they can be. Yes, we are a big firm, but not so big that we don’t recognise the importance of new talent.

We never forget that we were all Trainees once. Recent graduates excited about entering the world of work and a little awestruck by the potential and opportunities a career in law could give us.

We’re determined to stand out from the rest. Not just through the quality of the support we provide and the work we do, but also by the importance we place on promoting an inclusive and diverse culture. This is illustrated by the tangible steps we’ve taken towards attracting, supporting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce. These steps include being one of the first UK law firms to demonstrate a strong focus on social mobility, and one of the first organisations in the country to introduce name-blind recruitment.

We are inclusive. We are diverse.

Inclusion and diversity are vital to our success. They create a positive working environment, encourage a greater range of viewpoints, boost our creativity and help us respond more effectively to client needs.

You’ll enjoy the freedom to be yourself at Baker McKenzie, regardless of age, gender, race, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, HIV status and socio-economic background.

And you’ll be part of a firm that’s recognised widely for our diversity commitments. Some of these include being:

  • One of Stonewall’s Top Global Employers
  • 11th in the UK Social Mobility Employer Index
  • A Social Mobility Business Compact Champion
  • Recognised via the FT’s Innovative Lawyer Awards for our commitment to race and ethnicity

What Bobby has to say about diversity here

”I think the most striking thing about working at Baker McKenzie is their commitment to diversity. It’s something people here are truly passionate about. It’s not just a tick box exercise.”

Bobby Sarkodee-Adoo

Associate

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Our networks

To prove our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we have a number of networks which you will be encouraged to join. These include:

Focuses on promoting the physical and mental health of our people, through health-based campaigns and support groups.
Actively works to increase the number of females in Partner and other leadership roles through mentoring, webinars and internal networking events.
Helps everyone be themselves by ensuring adherence to our LGBT policy. This sets in stone our zero tolerance approach to bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
This network aims to make it easier for people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to access opportunities in the legal industry.
Promotes the rich cultural diversity of our firm by helping our BAME Trainees thrive in terms of career development, client engagement, creating a community and recruitment.

Sports and social life

Sports & fitness

The firm has its own football, netball, cricket and mixed hockey teams, and we take part in an annual Rugby Sevens tournament. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, then our yoga classes – which cater for all levels – are held at lunchtimes and in the evenings. You’ll also benefit from subsidised membership of one of the various health clubs near to the office, or you can choose a gym closer to your home.

Social life

To help us get to know each other away from our desks, we arrange regular social events, most notably BakerMingle, a big London office get-together, and our legendary Christmas party. There’s also a bi-monthly Friday night themed drinks event to which everyone at the London office is invited.

Corporate Social Responsibility

We take CSR seriously, evidenced by our formal programme that falls into three areas:

Charity

Each year, our London office elects two main charities which we support for 12 months. We also run a Volunteer Day Scheme that gives staff the opportunity to take paid time off to work with charities during office hours. In recent years, our people have refurbished classrooms, contributed to primary school reading schemes and served lunches to the homeless.

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Pro bono

Pro bono is a fundamental professional responsibility for each of our lawyers. Our major pro bono clients include: NSPCC, Save The Children, Amicus, Cancer Research UK, The UN High Commission for Refugees and Consortium for Street Children.

We also advise individuals at the Legal Advice Centre in Bethnal Green on a range of issues including debt and property disputes. One of our Trainees even got the chance to meet the Secretary General of the UN while working on a pro bono project.

 

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Sustainability

We have implemented a number of initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, including establishing a green roof at our London office which absorbs rainwater and creates a habitat for all kinds of wildlife.

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The benefits for you

We believe in looking after all our people right from the start of their careers with us. With this in mind, we offer Trainees a starting salary of £45,000, rising to £49,000 in year two. That ranks in the upper quartile of City law firms and comes with a comprehensive benefits package.

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