FIRM SPOTLIGHT

Baker McKenzie is an acclaimed international law firm renowned for its balance between global and local know-how.

Founded in 1949, Baker McKenzie now boasts over 13,000 personnel working in 76 offices in 46 countries, including 150 in its Melbourne office.

 

Baker McKenzie is unique in that it was ‘born global’, meaning that thinking and working globally is embedded deeply in its culture. Baker McKenzie applies this ethos to its expertise in meeting complex client demands across:

 

  • Banking & Finance;

  • Corporate (Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Private Equity);

  • Commercial Real Estate;

  • Construction;

  • Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Insolvency;

  • Employment & Industrial Relations;

  • Energy, Resources, Infrastructure and Corporate;

  • Environmental Markets; and

  • IPTech.

"Baker McKenzie's key difference is that, unlike other firms, we were 'born global'. Our practices and culture are well established and integrated globally, which is why many clients and lawyers choose to work with us."

 

Baker McKenzie prides itself on fully understanding its clients’ businesses, industries and strategic objectives. For this reason, Baker McKenzie services almost all of the world’s largest public companies and more than three-quarters of the Fortune 500. Information about its clients and key matters can be found here.

 

Ranked the World’s Best Law Firm Brand by Acritas’ Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index for the 10th consecutive year (2020), Top Global Law Firm by Law360 for the 9th consecutive year (2019) and Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency for the 10th consecutive year (2020), Baker McKenzie has established a solid foothold in the global legal market. 

 

Its lawyers benefit from an Australian professional development curriculum based on Baker McKenzie’s exclusive Development Framework, which ranges from black letter law to practice-specific skills and knowledge development at local, regional and global levels. There are also plentiful opportunities for lawyers to attend regional and global training, events and conferences relating to their practice areas in order to help develop networks and legal skills. This prepares its lawyers for the abundance of opportunities to work both throughout the Asia-Pacific region and across the globe.

Applications are now open to apply for Baker McKenzie's Seasonal Clerkship Program. Applications opened on 6 July 2020 at 9.00 am and will close on 31 August 2020 at 11.59 pm. Applications for Seasonal Clerkships should be submitted via Baker McKenzie website here.

 

Applications should include a cover letter, as well as details of your work experience, extra-curricular activities, interests, and academic results. Applicants will not be required to to upload your CV, as the information from your CV is used to respond to the areas above. The application also involves completing 2 - 3 questions, particularly as the Firm does not use psychometric or other testing, group or individual assessments, or video interviews as part of the overall assessment process.

 

Candidates will attend one interview with two Partners or a Partner and Senior Associate. In the interviews, the Firm want to get to know all about you – your experiences, your interests, your achievements, your strengths, your abilities and why you want to work with Baker McKenzie. To that end, interviews are a mix of 'getting to know you' questions and 'behavioural' questions, so that interviewers can get to know you and you can make the best possible impression.

 

Candidates will also be invited to an information and networking evening attended by Partners and Associates so that you can meet as many people from the Firm as possible.

“In order to grow our Firm, we have followed clients into new markets, each time establishing offices driven by local lawyers and talent. Our growth has therefore been organic, but with a strong connection to our other offices.”

 

Baker McKenzie has also been at the forefront of innovation in the legal industry by identifying gaps in the market and seizing opportunities brought about by disruption. Some notable achievements include:

 

  • Establishing the world’s first legal Climate Change practice;

  • Being the only global law firm with offices in 9 of the world’s top 10 emerging markets;

  • Being the first Global Law Firm to Set 40:40:20 Gender Targets – to represent 4% women, 40% men and 20% flexible (women, men or non-binary persons) – amongst Partners, senior business professionals, Firm committee leadership and candidate pools for recruitment;

  • Contributing 14,500+ pro bono hours, equating to an average of 55+ pro bono hours per lawyer in FY20;

  • Establishing two innovation hubs: Whitespace Legal Collab and Reinvent Law;

  • Actively using a range of Artificial Intelligence technologies for due diligence, contracts and e-discovery;

  • Representing the New South Wales Government on the sale of its electricity retail and generation assets – the country’s largest privatisation; and

  • Acting in the first Australian site blocking case – Television Broadcasts Limited & anor v Telstra Corporation Limited & ors [2018] FCA 1434.

Seasonal Clerkship Program

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