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.
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.
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.
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;
- Tax; and
- Technology, Communications & Commercial.
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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