Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Baker McKenzie

The Lex 100 verdict on Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘strength in both transactional and specialist practices’ plus ‘global reach’ continues to attract reams of lawyers to be. ‘People really get on, especially within trainee cohorts’ at the international firm and there is an ‘openness and approachability across all ranks’. This open culture has ‘really paid off during the pandemic’ since trainees ‘feel able to email partners without fear or having to observe a strict hierarchy’. Recruits really appreciate ‘the time spent on our training’, as well as ‘the level of support on offer at all times’. Baker McKenzie is international in every sense of the word; ‘every deal involves a multi-jurisdictional element’ and the overseas secondment opportunities are second to none, earning the firm a Lex 100 Winner award in this category. The ‘high-quality client secondments were also praised’. Complaints centred on the technology, which can be ‘pretty unreliable, especially the document management system’, as well as the ‘inconsistency across departments’ because ‘some departments do not give trainees a huge amount of responsibility’. In terms of best moments, recruits felt empowered after ‘being given my own small deal to run’, ‘working on a cutting-edge advisory project for a key tech client’ and ‘drafting a complex memo in the tax department with just the right balance of support and independence’. More stressful were an ‘intense project that lasted for several months’, ‘having competing court deadlines and feeling completely overwhelmed’ and ‘pulling an all-nighter to close a deal whilst working from home’. To train at a firm which is ‘inclusive, diverse and international’ and where ‘trainees can be themselves and feel listened to’,  look into Baker McKenzie.