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About Baker & McKenzie

A DIVERSE WORKFORCE celebrates multicultural milestones such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and carnival at this global law firm, with drummers and dancers adding to the party atmosphere. Baker & McKenzie’s London office is the largest of its operations in 47 countries around the world, with 785 people on staff.

A recent change at the top has seen Alexander Chadwick take over as managing partner from Paul Rawlinson, who has become chairman. The firm was founded in 1949 with four lawyers and big ambitions, and still has an eye on the future. Staff can earn up to £10,000 for referring a new recruit.

More than half of the workforce earns over £55,000 and staff rate the company highly for the Fair Deal they receive, the firm’s best factor in our survey, with a score of 69% positive, a top-20 ranking. Employees are happy with their pay and benefits (73%).

There are plenty of opportunities for staff to have fun (79%) while keeping fit, including football, cricket and netball teams, a rugby sevens series and weekly yoga classes. People say the firm encourages charitable activities (88%), donating £105,000 to good causes last year, 40% from employees competing in runs, marathons and abseiling challenges.

Baker & McKenzie clearly cares about the environment (72%). The firm built a green roof in 2013, which creates a habitat for wildlife.


What is it like to work for Baker & McKenzie

Personal Growth
Personal Growth
A good example is Baker & McKenzie business development academy. In each programme a cohort of 30 high potential lawyers from across Europe come together in a six-month programme. For the convenience of the learners, the majority of the input is reading, e-learning and videos; so lawyers can fit them easily around their other work. There are several assignments to complete; these are all grounded in achieving something practical that will genuinely help in day to day Business Development situations. There are a few face to face master classes that get the whole cohort together where they take part in assessed simulations of leadership and business development challenges. For on-going support one of the leaders of their office mentors them through the programme and they are clustered into action learning sets of 7-8 people who meet regularly in order to discuss what they are learning, coach, challenge and encourage each other.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Recent fundraising initiatives for Baker and McKenzie’s two office charities include a Boss in the Box Challenge, quiz night, inter-departmental walking challenge, 4 participants in the London Marathon, a 10k run, Christmas Jumper Day, abseil and a Bake Off. A Volunteer Day is offered to all staff. Departments are encouraged to use their day either as an individual or as part of a team. Recent group initiatives include a day of boat maintenance with Ahoy!, a day of building refurbishment with City Gateway, and a day of garden maintenance at Richard House. The company organise an extensive pro bono legal advice programme - regular clients include Save the Children, UNHCR, NSPCC, Breast Cancer Care, Oxfam, ARK (Absolute Return for Kids). Around 30 staff are involved in regular school-based volunteering and lunchtime volunteering with homeless charity The Connection at St Martin's. The company provide office space to Amicus (UK charity campaigning for justice for US prisoners on Death Row) and also participate in pro bono legal research and casework for the charity. They also support the Albert Kennedy Trust Youth, a homelessness charity supporting LGBT young people in crisis through sponsoring their annual youth conference. This attracts many and provides a mix of skills development workshops, networking and education to help increase confidence and employability. To ensure internal opportunities are actively promoted to disabled young people. In conjunction with the company’s Career Ready partnership, they offered a six-week placement to an A-Level student with muscular dystrophy and covered the cost of a carer to travel to London each day. The scheme has significantly enhanced this young person's career aspirations and employability.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
The Firm has a Recognition Scheme which enables managers to reward employees instantly to recognise exceptional work they have done. Awards can be given for a range of reasons such as working on a specific project, recognising hard work through a busy period, providing exceptional service to a client or making a significant contribution to the department. The scheme is designed to be flexible so managers can either give vouchers between £10 to £200, or they can purchase a gift such as pay for dinner for two, home furnishings or champagne. The other point that makes the scheme unique is that it also provides for peer to peer recognition. So a peer can nominate another peer to recognise support, hard work or exceptional contribution they have made. It is designed to be informal and more of a thank you, so a gift up to £50 can be given in the form of flowers, chocolates or wine. As part of the scheme, the nominator gives the award and the Firm branded thank you card directly to the individual, and thanks them for their contribution. The reason it is particularly effective and unique is because awards can be given at any time throughout the year, there are a range of awards that can be given and also the presentation and card are designed to have the personal touch so the individual feels appreciated for their contribution

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave to all employees

  • Gym

    companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Companies offering private health insurance for all employees

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

  • Profit Related Payment
    Profit Related Payment

    Companies offering profit related pay to all employees

  • Development

    Companies who provide support for non-work related training

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

Company Statistics

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    41% / 59%

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