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 78 offices in 47 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.
Baker McKenzie is committed to diversity, inclusion, workplace flexibility, and equal opportunity within Australia and globally. 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.
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 four 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, mental health and wellbeing, and workplace flexibility; and
- 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 in court who are seeking judicial review of decisions relating to their refugee status; assisting asylum seekers prepare their statements in support of protection visas; helping the elderly, seriously ill clients and young people exiting the child protection system with their legal affairs; working with various organisations to prepare submissions and advocacy papers to support law and policy reform; presenting legal workshops to vulnerable and at risk youth; and much more. Our pro bono work extends globally, including the Asia Pacific region.
(b) Community Service and CSR
Baker McKenzie staff also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of community service initiatives. Our community service programs include the LEAPS literacy and mentoring program in Sydney, and the MacChat program run by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne where our staff volunteers visit patients during an evening and have a chat with them/keep them company. Baker McKenzie staff also have the opportunity to join their office's Community Service Committee which is responsible for organising awareness and fundraising for each office's nominated charities throughout the year.
Our key practice groups
- Banking & Finance;
- Corporate (including Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Capital Markets);
- Commercial Real Estate;
- Dispute Resolution & Litigation;
- Employment & Industrial Relations;
- Energy, Resources, Infrastructure & Corporate;
- Environmental Markets;
- Intellectual Property;
- Tax; and
- Technology, Communications & Commercial.