Baker McKenzie - True Picture

Baker McKenzie

100 New Bridge Street,

  • Partners 126
  • Assistant solicitors 276
  • Total trainees 66
  • UK offices London
  • Overseas offices 76
  • Contacts 
  • The graduate recruitment team: 020 7919 1000
  • Training Principle: Stephen Ratcliffe
  • Application criteria 
  • Training contracts pa: 33
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1 or equivalent
  • Minimum UCAS points or A levels: 340 UCAS points or equivalent
  • Vacation scheme places pa: 45
  • Dates and deadlines 
  • Training contract applications open, 2022 start: 1st February 2021
  • Training contract deadline, 2022 start: 1st April 2021
  • First Year Insight Scheme applications open: 1st October 2021
  • First Year Insight Scheme deadline: 1st February 2022
  • Spring vacation scheme applications open: 1st October 2022
  • Spring vacation scheme deadline: 1st December 2021 
  • [NOTE - 2021 spring vacation scheme postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak]
  • Summer vacation schemes applications open: 1st October 2021
  • Summer vacation schemes deadline: 1st January 2022
  • Salary and benefits  
  • First-year salary: £48,000
  • Second-year salary: £48,000
  • Post-qualification salary: £90,000
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days
  • Sponsorship 
  • LPC tuition fees: Yes
  • GDL tuition fees: Yes
  • Maintenance grant pa: GDL: £8,000, LPC: £10,000
  • International and regional 
  • Offices with training contracts: London
  • Overseas seats: Hong Kong, Brussels, San Francisco, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington DC. Changes each rotation.
  • Client secondments: Yes, confidential

Firm profile

With 77 offices in 47 countries, and a presence in all leading financial centres, Baker McKenzie is the world’s premier global law firm. Our strategy is to provide the best combination of local legal and commercial knowledge, international expertise and resources. Trainee solicitors are a vital part of that strategy, exposed to the international scope of the firm from the moment they start. There is also the possibility of an overseas secondment, recent secondees have spent time in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Main areas of work

London is home to the firm’s largest office where Baker McKenzie has been well established since its opening in 1961. With more than 400 lawyers, we have a substantial presence in the legal and business community. Providing a full service offering, we deliver high-quality local solutions across a broad range of practices and offer global advice in conjunction with our international offices. Our client base consists primarily of venture capital funds, investment banks, technology powerhouses and household name brands. As a firm with a very strong international client base, we have considerable expertise in acting on, and coordinating, complex cross-border transactions and disputes.

Training opportunities

The two-year training contract comprises four six-month seats which include a corporate and a contentious seat, usually within our highly regarded dispute resolution department. We also offer the possibility of a secondment abroad or with a client. During each seat you will have formal and informal reviews to discuss your progress and regular meetings to explore subsequent seat preferences. Your training contract commences with a highly interactive and practical induction programme which focuses on key skills including practical problem solving, presenting and the application of information technology. The firm’s training programmes include important components of management and other business skills, as well as seminars and workshops on key legal topics for each practice area. There is a Trainee Solicitor Liaison Committee which acts as a forum for any new ideas or concerns which may occur during the training contract.

Vacation scheme

Our vacation schemes offer the ideal opportunity to experience what it’s like to work for a city-based, global law firm. Each vacation scheme gives you the chance to experience two of our key practice areas. Training is provided throughout to familiarise you with some of our typical transactions and to help you develop key skills. We place great emphasis on involving you in ‘live’ work.
• Spring Vacation Scheme: 12th April - 23rd April 2021
• Summer Vacation Schemes: 21st June - 9th July 2021

Other benefits

Bonus scheme, gym membership/subsidy, life assurance, pension scheme with company contributions, private healthcare/dental, season ticket loan, subsidised restaurant, cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers.

Open days and first-year opportunities

Open days: We have tailored our Open Days to you by focusing on the different things that matter to you. We are holding four Open Days where you can hear about Baker McKenzie more generally. But we also have Open Days for black future lawyers and allies, Open Days for LGBT+ and allies, Open Days focusing on women in law, plus many others that will give you a taste of our culture as well as our diverse community.

First Year Insight Schemes: We offer ten places to spend two days in the firm on 7th and 8th April 2021. There will be a number of skills sessions and each student will spend a day in a department of their choice. Applications open in October.  

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UK Guide, 2021

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    • Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market (Band 2)
    • Banking Litigation (Band 5)
    • Capital Markets: Debt (Band 4)
    • Capital Markets: Equity (Band 4)
    • Capital Markets: High-Yield Products (Band 4)
    • Capital Markets: Securitisation (Band 4)
    • Competition Law (Band 4)
    • Construction: Non-contentious (Band 4)
    • Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (Band 4)
    • Employment: Employer (Band 1)
    • Employment: Employer: Industrial Relations (Band 1)
    • Environment (Band 4)
    • Information Technology (Band 1)
    • Intellectual Property (Band 3)
    • Intellectual Property: Law Firms With Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys Spotlight Table
    • Litigation (Band 4)
    • Pensions (Band 2)
    • Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market (Band 3)
    • Tax (Band 3)
    • Administrative & Public Law (Band 2)
    • Commercial Contracts (Band 1)
    • Construction: International Arbitration (Band 3)
    • Data Protection & Information Law (Band 5)
    • Employee Share Schemes & Incentives (Band 2)
    • Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (Band 4)
    • Fraud: Civil (Band 3)
    • International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration (Band 4)
    • Life Sciences (Band 3)
    • Life Sciences: Transactional (Band 3)
    • Media & Entertainment: Gaming, Social Media & Interactive Content (Band 2)
    • Outsourcing (Band 1)
    • Private Equity: Buyouts: Mid-Market (Band 2)
    • Product Liability: Mainly Defendant (Band 2)
    • Projects (Band 3)
    • Tax: Contentious (Band 2)
    • Telecommunications (Band 1)