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Baker McKenzie

The firm

Baker McKenzie is a leading global law firm based in over 75 locations in nearly 50 countries. With a presence in nearly all of the world's leading financial and commercial centres, our strategy is to provide the best combination of local legal and commercial knowledge, international expertise and resources. Our 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 Brussels, Moscow, Sydney, Singapore, Johannesburg and Hong Kong.

Types of work

London is home to the firm's largest office where Baker McKenzie has been well established since opening in 1961. With more than 400 legal professionals, we have a substantial presence in the legal and business community. We deliver high-quality local solutions across a broad range of practices and global advice in conjunction with our international offices. Our client base consists primarily of multinational corporates, based in the UK and elsewhere, and financial institutions. As may be expected of a firm with a very strong international client base, we have considerable expertise in acting on, and co-ordinating, cross-border transactions and disputes. Our Corporate and Finance teams regularly advise on, and co-ordinate, complex, crossborder transactions for our clients. As a full service office, we cover all the practices expected of a major law firm in the UK, many of which are acclaimed and market-leading.

Who should apply

The firm strives to enable trainees to be the best they can be. We are looking for trainees who are stimulated by intellectual challenge and respect and enjoy the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found in the firm. Effective communication skills, together with the ability to be creative and practical problem solvers, team players and to have a sense of humour, are qualities which will help them stand out from the crowd.

Training programme

The two-year training contract comprises of four six-month seats which include a corporate and a contentious seat, usually within our highly regarded dispute resolution department, together with 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 on 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.

To find out more, please visit our website

Training Contract - Commencing 2018

About Baker McKenzie

Each year, we recruit 30 Trainees. We take the best and brightest talent and turn them into the well-rounded commercial lawyers that make our Firm stand out from the crowd. We do this by giving you the very best technical and skills training, delivered by our own lawyers, often Partners, so you'll benefit from the latest advice and experience in a Baker McKenzie context.

Training Contract 2018, Trainee Solicitors

Your Training Contract will start with a two-week induction programme to equip you with the skills you'll need to start making an immediate contribution.

You can expect department-specific training and, throughout your Training Contract, you'll be able to call on the personal and professional support of our Graduate Recruitment and Development team.

During your two-year Training Contract, you'll spend six months in four key practice areas, referred to as "seats". In each seat you'll have a supervisor who acts as your work provider and mentor, and a Trainee Partner who is responsible for overseeing your progress. We believe it is important for all trainees to gain broad experience. Trainees regularly participate in a range of tasks including drafting, researching, attending meetings and proof-reading. The Firm's clients span a wide spectrum of industries, and the group encourages its trainees to develop a knowledge of specific industry sectors.

Our seat rotation policy ensures you experience at least three distinct areas of law, including Contentious Law. A number of departments offer contentious experience, including Dispute Resolution, Employment, Intellectual Property and EU, Competition & Trade.

Corporate work is at the heart of the Firm and all Trainees are required to complete six months in our Corporate department during their Training Contract. The Graduate Recruitment and Development team will discuss your interest in particular departments, which is considered in-line with business needs.

Midway through each seat, you'll have an informal review to discuss your progress and development. At the end of each seat, there'll be a more formal evaluation with a Trainee Partner who will provide feedback on your progress and experience.

All Trainees have the opportunity to apply for a three-month secondment to one of our international offices. Recent locations include Singapore, Moscow, Hong Kong, Brussels, Sydney and Johannesburg. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis and in-line with the needs of the business and SRA regulations.

Depending on client needs, we're also able to offer Trainee secondments to in-house legal teams with a variety of our clients. This will give you the chance to deepen your knowledge and skills, and gain a better understanding of their perspective.

Who should apply

The firm strives to enable trainees to be the best they can be. We are looking for trainees who are stimulated by intellectual challenge. Effective communication skills, together with the ability to be creative and practical problem solvers, team players and to have a sense of humour, are qualities which will help them stand out from the crowd.

Given the nature of our work, we require trainees to work together as part of a co-ordinated team. As our work can be very intensive with tight deadlines, a highly focused and organised approach is required. Our deals will often involve substantial contact with Baker McKenzie offices around the world, as well as other departments within the London office.

Academic Requirements: 340 UCAS points (or equivalent) and a 2:1 degree minimum (or equivalent) in any degree discipline.

When and how to apply

The firm is aiming to recruit 30 individuals looking to commence their training contracts in either March 2018 or September 2018.

To find out more and apply online, please visit our website

We will back on campus at Careers Fairs from October 2016.

Baker McKenzie believes that diversity within the Firm makes us stronger and that all our people in all offices deserve respect, protection from harassment in the workplace, support and equal treatment. No-one should be put at a disadvantage, professionally, financially or socially, on the basis of who they are. The Firm provides equal opportunities to all suitably qualified applicants and employees without regard to person's sex, marital or registered civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, age or disability. All conditions of service, including pay and employee benefits, training, transfer and promotion opportunities, as well as general career development, apply on a fair and equal basis. If you consider yourself to have a disability or a health condition, we want to reassure you that any information you share with us will be treated in the strictest confidence. Our aim is to provide you with as much help and support as possible.
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