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At Baker McKenzie we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global. Baker McKenzie is one of the world’s largest law firms by markets, revenue, and headcount and has been thinking globally in Australia for more than 50 years.

 
 
 
 
 

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About Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie


At Baker McKenzie we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global. Baker McKenzie is one of the world’s largest law firms by markets, revenue, and headcount and has been thinking globally in Australia for more than 50 years.Our story At Baker McKenzie we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Our story is one of imagination, determination and hard work. Like no other law firm, we were born global, so thinking and working globally is embedded in our culture. For 70 years, our people have helped nurture our unique global organisation. We have followed clients into new markets, each time establishing offices driven by local lawyers and talent. Our growth has been organic, giving us a strong, common culture that runs through our Firm. We understand the challenges of the global economy. Our commitment to excellence underpins our path to success.

The Firm has continued to expand and currently employs over 4,000 lawyers in 76 offices in 46 countries worldwide. We have had a presence in Australia since 1964 and employ approximately 220 lawyers and 80 Partners across Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Baker McKenzie is the largest law firm operating in the Asia-Pacific region, Continental Europe and Latin America.

At Baker McKenzie, we attract market-leading clients, and challenging cross-border, local, and industry-focused work. We understand our clients' businesses, industries, and strategic objectives. Armed with this knowledge, we work with our clients to overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. We are The New Lawyers for the New World. Let us show you that world, first hand.

Our people

Baker McKenzie looks for people who genuinely want to work with us and who understand Baker McKenzie's unique offering, values and position in the market. We look for well-rounded, motivated individuals who share our global perspective; who are intellectually curious and have sound academics; who display business acumen and are practical in their approach; who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; who take responsibility and use their initiative; who act with integrity and honesty in all of their dealings, decisions and actions; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; who strive to provide excellent service to their clients; who seek a friendly, diverse, and inclusive culture; and who take seriously our role in making a difference to our local and global communities.

Our culture

Quality and excellence together with integrity, honesty, team work and responsiveness are some of Baker McKenzie's key values - and are central in us delivering outstanding service to our clients.

In addition, the values which make Baker McKenzie a unique place to work include: our passion for being global, our culture of friendship, our commercial pragmatism, our support for entrepreneurship, our commitment to development, our focus on contributing to the community, and our genuine focus on maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment for all of our people.

As the first truly global law firm, Baker McKenzie's origins are rooted in the respect for and appreciation of difference. Diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. Since our beginning, the diversity of our people has allowed us to work fluently across borders, cultures, and practices.

Baker McKenzie is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive culture for all its employees, with equal opportunity for all to progress and have a meaningful career with our Firm. Our mission is to foster an environment where individuals of every ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, age, disability, carer status, and working style may succeed professionally and fully contribute to the goals of the Firm. As part of our inclusive culture, we encourage applications from all genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

We understand that organisations work best when people with different backgrounds and multiple points of view are brought together. Our own diversity mirrors our commitment to exploring multiple perspectives to develop the best possible solutions for our clients and to fostering a culture of respect and inclusion that celebrates diversity. Our award winning diversity strategy, initiatives and programs are focused in six key areas, in which all of our people can participate:

  • BakerWomen – gender equality and supporting the progression of women;
  • BakerDNA – ethnic, indigenous, and cultural diversity;
  • BakerBalance – supporting carers and parents and workplace flexibility; and
  • BakerWellbeing – mental health and wellbeing;
  • BakerLGBTI & Allies – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex diversity; and
  • BakerIndigenousEngagement – commitment to engagement with our Indigenous community - achieving better social, economic and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to making a real difference in the lives of our nation's First Peoples.

Social contribution

Pro Bono and Community Services initiatives are an integral part of Baker McKenzie's mission. Our Pro Bono, Community Services and Corporate Social Responsibility programs aim to inspire staff to make a difference and collaborate with clients who share the same commitment to social justice. Baker McKenzie staff are actively encouraged to undertake pro bono work. We believe that the provision of pro bono legal services is a fundamental professional responsibility.

(a) Pro bono legal services – Baker McKenzie is a signatory to the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target of at least 35 hours of pro bono legal work per lawyer per year. Our lawyers regularly undertake a wide range of pro bono legal work for disadvantaged clients in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as not-for-profit organisations. Some of our work includes assisting victims of domestic violence seek compensation; representing asylum seekers seeking judicial review of decisions relating to their refugee status and statement-taking in support of protection visas; helping elderly and ill clients and young people exiting the child protection system with their legal affairs; assisting with submissions and advocacy papers to support law and policy reform; presenting legal workshops to vulnerable and at risk youth; and assisting survivors of domestic violence. Our pro bono work extends globally, including the Asia Pacific region.

(b) Community Services and CSR – We also offer the opportunity to participate in a variety of community service initiatives. Our community service programs include the LEAPS literacy and mentoring program in Sydney, FareShare corporate volunteering sessions in Brisbane, and Eat Up volunteering sessions in Melbourne. Baker McKenzie also supports three charity partners: Tuberous Sclerosis Australia, Refugee Advice and Casework Service, and LeaderLife. All staff members are encouraged to participate in volunteering and fundraising activities to support these causes. Staff members have the opportunity to donate to charities of their choice via the Firm's workplace giving platform.

(c) Reconciliation Action Plan - In 2019 Baker McKenzie committed to the Firm's first Reconciliation Action Plan, which included a commitment to support a range of initiatives including providing opportunities for CareerTrackers interns, supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through pro bono legal work and volunteering opportunities, and ensuring that the Firm acknowledges the historic challenges faced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community whilst also sharing in celebrations of culture.

Our key practice groups

  • Banking & Finance;
  • Corporate (including Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Capital Markets);
  • Commercial Real Estate; · Construction;
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation;
  • Employment & Industrial Relations;
  • Energy, Resources, Infrastructure & Corporate;
  • Environmental Markets;
  • Intellectual Property;
  • Media;
  • Tax; and
  • Technology, Communications & Commercial.

Video: We are Baker McKenzie

Thrive in a culture of inclusion

The values that make us a unique and a great place to work are deeply embedded and you will notice our difference in all of your interactions with us, in Australia and across the globe.

  • We are passionately global, and leverage our global expertise for our Australian and global clients at every opportunity, recognising our strength is in our diversity.
  • We have a strong and diverse culture of friendship, inclusion and collaboration.
  • We are commercial pragmatists who make complex issues simple for our clients and we focus on our clients’ business needs.
  • We strive to stay ahead of the curve and encourage entrepreneurship.
  • We actively encourage and support contribution to the community, through our pro bono and community service programs.
  • We want everyone at Baker McKenzie to reach their potential so we invest in global, regional and local world-class development and mobility programs for our people.

Award Winning Diversity Strategy

Baker McKenzie is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive culture for all of its employees, with equal opportunity for all to progress and have a meaningful career with our Firm. We understand that organisations work best when people with different backgrounds and multiple points of view are brought together. Our own diversity mirrors our commitment to exploring multiple perspectives to develop the best possible solutions for our clients and to fostering a culture of respect and inclusion that celebrates diversity. Diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. Since our beginning, the diversity of our people has allowed us to work fluently across borders, cultures, and practices

 
 
 
 

Graduate Program

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Our Graduate program

The majority of our Graduate positions are offered to former Seasonal Clerks. However, subject to business and resourcing needs, from time to time opportunities arise for us to hire Graduates laterally.

At Baker McKenzie, we have an instinctively global outlook and a deep understanding of our Australian and international clients’ businesses.

We look for people who genuinely want to work with us and who understand Baker McKenzie's unique offering, values and position in the market. We look for well-rounded, motivated individuals who share our global perspective; who are intellectually curious and have sound academics; who display business acumen and are practical in their approach; who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; who take responsibility and use their initiative; who act with integrity and honesty in all of their dealings, decisions and actions; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; who strive to provide excellent service to their clients; who seek a friendly, diverse, and inclusive culture; and who take seriously our role in making a difference to our local and global communities.

We have lots to offer in return.

A solid transition from law school to law firm. When you join Baker McKenzie as a Graduate, we know you want to be working with clients on real work right from the start, so we support you to hone your skills and develop your experience as quickly as possible. We pair each Graduate with a supervising Partner and an Associate "buddy" in each rotation to maximise on-the-job and formal learning. We also bring Graduates from our Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offices together to help our people foster networks across the Firm.

A deep commitment to your development. We work with each Graduate to create a tailored development plan targeting five areas — legal knowledge and expertise, planning your career, business development & client service, people & self-management and the business of law. To help you reach your goals, we offer targeted learning opportunities — from seminars on core legal topics to practical skills development in areas such as drafting and presenting. Our regional practice group structure means many of our lawyers attend regional training in our Asia Pacific offices and, once you finish your Graduate Program, you will travel overseas to attend a regional orientation program with other mid-level Associates from the region. We work hard to facilitate your on-the-job learning and the many ways it happens — through informal mentoring relationships, client secondments, involving you in global teams working on international deals or supporting you to run your own files for our award-winning Pro Bono Program. We support your professional development by covering the costs of your Practical Legal Training, admission and practising certificate.

Working and thinking globally. Being global is in our DNA. You will begin to build your global professional networks straight away through exposure to international clients and colleagues. To support our global approach to development, we offer formal overseas secondment programs for lawyers at all levels. The Firm also offers opportunities for lawyers at varying stages of their career to work directly for clients or with our other offices in the Asia Pacific region and globally.

For more information about Graduate opportunities in our Sydney office, please contact Angelique Holden, Talent Management Consultant, at [email protected].

For more information about Graduate oppportunities in our Melbourne office, please contact Natalie Mascarenhas, Talent Management Consultant, at [email protected].

Thrive in a culture of inclusion

Baker McKenzie


Thrive in a culture of inclusion

The values that make us a unique and a great place to work are deeply embedded and you will notice our difference in all of your interactions with us, in Australia and across the globe.

  • We are passionately global, and leverage our global expertise for our Australian and global clients at every opportunity, recognising our strength is in our diversity.
  • We have a strong and diverse culture of friendship, inclusion, collaboration.
  • We are commercial pragmatists who make complex issues simple for our clients and we focus on our clients’ business needs.
  • We strive to stay ahead of the curve and encourage entrepreneurship.
  • We actively encourage and support contribution to the community, through our pro bono and community service programs.
  • We want everyone at Baker McKenzie to reach their potential so we invest in global, regional and local world-class development and mobility programs for our people.

Award Winning Diversity Strategy

Baker McKenzie is committed to diversity, inclusion, workplace flexibility, and equal opportunity. As the first truly global law firm, Baker McKenzie's origins are rooted in the respect for and appreciation of difference. We understand that organizations work best when people with different backgrounds and multiple points of view are brought together. Our own diversity mirrors our commitment to exploring multiple perspectives to develop the best possible solutions for our clients and to fostering a culture of respect and inclusion that celebrates diversity. Diversity and inclusion are in our DNA.

Diversity is central to our success. We are at home anywhere in the world and we rely on our people to navigate cultures, borders and practices with ease. What sets Baker McKenzie apart is our ability to leverage different languages, cultures, generations and perspectives we have to create a truly international law firm that places a real focus on diversity and inclusion.

Our award-winning diversity strategy, initiatives and programs are focussed in five key areas, in which all our people can participate:

  • BakerWomen – gender diversity, including the implementation of our gender diversity strategy to support the progression of women as a strategic priority for the Firm;
  • BakerDNA – ethnic, indigenous and cultural diversity;
  • BakerBalance – supporting carers and parents, mental health and wellbeing and workplace flexibility and flexible working practices;
  • BakerLGBTI – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex diversity; and
  • BakerIndigenousEngagement – commitment to engagement with our Indigenous community - achieving better social, economic and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to making a real difference in the lives of our nation's First Peoples.

Video: Baker McKenzie: Our Approach to D&I

 
 
 
 
 

What our Clerks and Graduates Say

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Jessica Tang

Jessica Tang

Graduate at Law, Sydney

International Clerk, Hong Kong

A focus on international practice

Choosing Baker McKenzie from amongst the sea of other firms was largely due to the Firm's strong global presence and focus on building and nurturing international partnerships. The International Clerkship program represented a unique opportunity to be involved on a global scale, even at such an early stage in my legal career. I have always been interested in the growing relationship between Australia and Asia so I knew that Baker McKenzie was the right choice for me to further explore this area and get firsthand experience on the ground in a place where strong partnerships had already been forged.

Following my Summer Clerkship, I was fortunate enough to be selected for an International Clerkship in Hong Kong. A city that is known for being one of the largest international financial hubs in the world and the melting pot in which Eastern and Western culture come together seamlessly. As part of my family is from Hong Kong, I had previously had the opportunity to visit as a tourist, but the International Clerkship promised a different perspective of everyday life as a professional in a top law firm, as well as a local finding my place in a new home.

Hong Kong

As soon as I stepped out of the taxi from the airport, the first thing I noticed was how vibrant and alive the city felt. The constant buzz of people hurriedly walking on the street, bumping into each other with reckless abandon. The constant beeping of the traffic. There was a limitless array of new sights and smells as I made my way to my accommodation in the Mid-Level area of Hong Kong island. Given the island's size, it is hugely dense and you rarely have to travel far to find a new restaurant or café.

My first day in the Baker McKenzie office was a great way to start the journey. I was introduced to the Intellectual Property Group, the team with whom I would work with most closely during my time in Hong Kong. Everyone was inviting and made me feel right at home. Similar to the view from the Baker McKenzie office in Barangaroo, the Hong Kong office overlooks a beautiful body of water: the famed Victoria Harbour after which Hong Kong is named - Hong Kong means “fragrant harbour” in Chinese.

It is a credit to a firm like Baker McKenzie that I was able to have such an inspiring and unique experience in an exotic and far-away place. It will have a lasting impact on my personal and professional development moving forward.

Intellectual property group

I had the opportunity to work on a variety of matters during my stay with the Intellectual Property Group, including conducting research on data privacy and artificial intelligence issues, drafting cease and desist letters, generating trademark reports, and preparing internal presentations on technology updates. My experience in the Hong Kong office has exposed me to the complex relationship between Hong Kong and China especially when a matter involves both jurisdictions. Due to their different legal systems, we are often required to communicate with our colleagues in China to resolve a mutual issue. This is an area in which Baker McKenzie has proven to excel continuously and without disappointment. Because of our strong global presence and tight knit community, we are able to resolve crossborder, complex legal issues efficiently.

I was grateful to join the team during the Chinese New Year period, which represents the most the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. During Chinese New Year, all businesses are closed for a week and people typically feast with their friends and families. This period is also famous for handing out “lai see” or "red pocket money" where the most senior and respected figures show their appreciation for their junior staff members by rewarding them with red envelopes. As the most junior person in the firm, this was definitely a highlight!

I also had the opportunity to join the Global Legal Hackathon with a few Baker McKenzie colleagues. The Hackathon is an event for people to come together to collaboratively build and launch technology-based solutions aimed at solving a particular problem. My team and I came up with a precedents management software used to efficiently manage internal firm documents. Although we didn't win, it was definitely a great learning experience.

Developing long lasting friendships

The Intellectual Property Group took me under their wing and truly made me feel like we were friends rather than colleagues. I am extremely grateful for this International Clerkship experience as it allowed me to develop long lasting relationships with people in Hong Kong. Now I have fantastic contacts for any cross-border matters I might be involved in and when I visit Hong Kong again in the future.

 
 
 
 
 

Born Global

Baker McKenzie


At Baker McKenzie we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global.

Baker McKenzie has been thinking globally in Australia for more than 50 years. In 2014, we opened our Brisbane office making our Australian practice the fourth largest in our network of 76 offices with more than 80 Partners and 220 lawyers across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In Australia, we act for leading multinational and domestic companies on market leading local and global transactions.

Founded in 1949, Baker McKenzie is one of the world’s largest law firms by markets, revenue and headcount. We offer our clients and lawyers the uncompromising commitment to excellence expected of a leading firm and a distinctive way of thinking, working and behaving as a passionately global and genuinely collaborative firm.

We understand the challenges of the global economy because we have been a global law firm from the start.

OUR CLERKSHIP PROGRAM

Right from the start, our Clerks get involved in real work. You will be exposed to our Australian and international clients through client meetings, shadowing, research and other everyday activities within your assigned practice group.

Our Clerks work closely with other lawyers, are guided by a Supervising Partner and enjoy the extra support of an experienced Associate “Buddy”. You will develop practical and legal skills through our national learning program and by attending workshops specifically designed for Clerks, as well as Firm-wide sessions.

In Sydney, the Summer Clerkship Program runs from late November to February each year during which Clerks complete two practice group rotations. Clerks who accept a Graduate role with Baker McKenzie are eligible to apply for an International Clerkship, with the opportunity to work in one of our overseas offices in the year following their Clerkship.

OUR GRADUATE PROGRAM

Over the course of the program, Graduates gain experience in different areas of law before they join a particular practice group as an Associate. You will be supervised by a senior lawyer and an Associate “Buddy” in each rotation to oversee your on-the-job and formal learning.

DEVELOP GLOBALLY

At Baker McKenzie, we have a deep commitment to development. We work with each Graduate to create a tailored development plan and career goals. To help you reach your goals, we provide targeted learning opportunities — from seminars on core legal topics to practical skills development in areas such as communication, drafting and presenting.

We work hard to facilitate on-the-job learning and the many ways it happens — through informal mentoring relationships, client secondments, involving Graduates in global teams working on international deals and in managing their own files for our award-winning Pro Bono Program.

We also bring Graduates from our Melbourne, and Brisbane offices together to help our people foster networks across the Firm, and support professional development by covering the costs of Practical Legal Training and your admission.

Our regional practice group structure means many of our lawyers attend regional training in our Asia Pacific offices. Once Graduates complete their Graduate Program, they will attend a regional orientation program with other mid-level Associates from the Asia Pacific region. The Firm also offers opportunities for lawyers at varying stages of their careers to work directly for clients or with our other offices globally.

WHAT DOES THE FIRM LOOK FOR?

We look for well-rounded, motivated individuals who share our global perspective; who are intellectually curious and have sound academics; who display business acumen and are practical in their approach; who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; who like taking responsibility and getting things done; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; who strive to provide excellent service to their clients; and who take seriously our role in making a difference to our local and global communities.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for Clerkships can be submitted via www.bakermckenzie.com/careers/Australia.

Applications should include a cover letter, as well as details of your work experience, your extra-curricular activities and interests, and your academic results.

Applications for Clerkships open at 9.00am on 9 June 2020 and close at 11.59 pm on 5 July 2020.


Contact Details

Angelique Holden

Talent Management Consultant

T +61 2 8922 5596 

[email protected] | www.bakermckenzie.com/australia

 
 
 

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