Right from the start, I could see that Baker McKenzie was a global firm that valued diversity. It was really important and very encouraging for me to see a Partner here with a similar background, faith and ethnicity as me who started as a Trainee Solicitor. Myself and other Trainee Solicitors have also enjoyed the freedom to pitch a project for future Trainee Solicitors from an ethnic minority background to some of the partners. They really recognised our passion and have given us the freedom to develop the idea.
It’s the freedom, responsibility and chance to work on large transactions for household-name clients that are definitely the best things about working at Baker McKenzie. It’s a firm that’s dynamic and expanding, with bigger and better deals to get your teeth into. You get more responsibility because of the smaller number of Trainee Solicitors the Firm takes on each year. You can forge your own career path and develop better relationships with other Trainee Solicitor because the community is so tight-knit.
Before joining and after graduating, I worked as a paralegal for AA breakdown services. During this, I joined Baker McKenzie’s Spring Vacation Scheme which got me my Training Contract offer. I’d experienced internships at other firms, but Baker McKenzie really stood out. I even got to work in the Amsterdam office for three days, which was a great bonus.
Now, as a Trainee Solicitor, I’ve already experienced seats in the Intellectual Property and Tech, Structured Capital Markets and Corporate Private Equity teams. I’m excited that my final seat is taking me to Dubai to join the IP Tech team over there. The international nature of Baker McKenzie initially attracted me to the Firm, but joining during the first lockdown meant overseas travel wasn’t possible, until now. While working remotely has been an interesting experience, I’m really looking forward to getting to Dubai and experiencing life as a lawyer out there.