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Please complete an application form online at uk-graduates.bakermckenzie.com. You will be asked to answer a series of questions that will enable us to understand your interest in Baker McKenzie and commercial law. We want to get a feel for you as an individual, your achievements, and also to see what knowledge and enthusiasm you have for business.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre where you will take part in a group excercise, partner interview with case study as well as an associate interview.
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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Video interview
With 77 offices in 47 countries, and a presence in all leading financial centres, Baker McKenzie is the world’s leading global law firm. 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 Hong Kong, San Francisco, 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 its opening in 1961. With more than 400 lawyers, we have a substantial presence in the legal and business community. Providing a full service offering, we deliver high-quality local solutions across a broad range of practices and offer global advice in conjunction with our international offices. Our client base consists primarily of venture capital funds, investment banks, technology powerhouses and household name brands.
And as a firm with a very strong international client base, we have considerable expertise in acting on, and coordinating, complex crossborder transactions and disputes.
Our corporate and finance teams regularly advise on, and co-ordinate, complex, cross-border 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.
To find out what it is like to work at Baker McKenzie read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Our vacation schemes aim to give students who are interested in a career in the legal profession a taste of what it is like working for an international law firm.
Each vacation scheme comprises two seats. We provide training sessions to help you familiarise you with some of our typical transactions, as well as to help you develop a range of key skills. You will also have the opportunity to attend departmental and client meetings and court hearings, and there will be plenty of social events to enable you to find out more about the firm from current trainees.
The firm aims to recruit 33 individuals looking to commence their training contracts in either March 2024 or September 2024.
The two-year training contract comprises four six-month seats which include a corporate and a contentious seat, usually within our highly regarded dispute resolution department. We also offer 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.
The fast track LPC is an LPC course which, in partnership with BPP, has been specifically tailored to the needs of our firm and our trainees, with the aim of giving you the best possible start to your legal career.
The programme has been carefully designed to ensure that the content closely reflects the types of work that you will experience upon joining us. During the first term, after an induction programme welcoming you to the course, you will study alongside other LPC students at BPP. You will also take part in practice group overviews and practical workshops with Baker McKenzie lawyers, designed to increase your understanding of our practice, and develop your skills in areas such as commercial awareness and client relationships.
In the second term you will study towards elective courses which are aligned with the firm's international, corporate focus, in addition to more practical sessions to help you apply the law to actual situations, using live Baker McKenzie case studies.
For both the GDL and LPC+, we will pay your course fees, together with a maintenance grant towards living expenses.
- Commercial litigation
- Intellectual property
- Technology & media
- Private client
- Commercial property
- Corporate M&A
- Banking & finance
- Capital markets
- Private equity & funds
- Restructuring & insolvency
- Corporate & Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
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