Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Baker McKenzie
The Lex 100 verdict on Baker McKenzie
Baker McKenzie, with its powerful global reputation is a City giant and a perennial favourite with law students looking for international opportunity and top-level work. Trainees highlight the ‘global nature of the firm’ and ‘its secondment opportunities’, saying the ‘client opportunities are vast’ and praising ‘the culture and the people.’ The firm is lauded for its ‘friendly and supportive vibe’ including a ‘culture of being nice’, a quality often talked about but less often delivered in big City law firms. It is a theme touched upon by all respondents and demonstrated by the firm’s high score for the approachability of its partners and supervisors. Baker McKenzie also secures Lex 100 Winner medals for trainee confidence in being kept on post-qualification, trainee remuneration, and the inclusiveness of its workplace environment. The firm’s ‘focus on diversity and inclusion’ was highly praised with one trainee commenting that ‘they “walk the walk” when it comes to diversity and inclusion, and have great training programmes’. This complements the firm’s emphasis on pro-bono work. Trainees ‘generally have a lot of flexibility and independence in taking this on’ and it is also noted that ‘pro bono hours count towards your billable target, which is amazing, and a double win during a transactional lull’. Lulls are uncommon as the work is fast-paced and often involving long hours, as comes with the territory of big global firms. Other complaints include the quality of its current London office and the differences between trainee policy regarding working from home compared with qualified staff. The firm provides what one trainee described as ‘market-leading work with people who care about making sure your wellbeing is top priority: a rare combination that Bakers is famous for’.