Baker McKenzie

The Legal Cheek View

Baker McKenzie's founder, Russell Baker, was so poor that he rode for days in the cattle carriages on trains in order to enrol at the University of Chicago, where he then worked as a boxer to fund his tuition. Nearly 100 years on, his firm is among the largest in the world, turning over an enormous £1.5 billion last year. Although this is slightly down on the year previously, Bakers remains in the top three biggest law firms in the world by revenue, just behind fellow behemoths DLA Piper and Latham & Watkins.

Its roots may be in the US, but Bakers sees itself very much as an international firm, and is keen to emphasise that its largest office is London rather than Chicago. In total, the firm has a whopping 76 offices across 49 different countries. Legal Cheek understands that around 20% of Bakers' London trainees and junior lawyers have spent time on secondment in one of these locations, with Singapore, Paris and Frankfurt among the most popular destinations.

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Deadlines

Training Contract (Penultimate year students)

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 November 2016
Applications close: 31 July 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 30
Latest trainee retention rate 81%
Offices 76
Countries 49
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A*
Partner approach-ability
A*
Work/life balance
B
Perks
A
Office
B
Canteen
B
Social life
A*
Chances of secondment abroad
A

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:21am
Average leave time 7:37pm
Annual target hours 1,700
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £45,000
Second year trainee salary £49,000
Newly qualified salary £72,000
Profit per equity partner £1,000,000
GDL grant £6,000
LPC grant £8,000

Diversity

UK female associates 57%
UK female partners 19%
UK BME associates 15%
UK BME partners 5%

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