Shehram Khattak, trainee, enjoys the international work
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Baker & McKenzie's roots stretch back to 1948 when Russell Baker and John McKenzie, both already successful lawyers, shared a taxi home from work in Chicago.
Russell Baker outlined his pioneering vision for creating a global law firm. Within a year, Baker & McKenzie was founded, with four lawyers and a secretary.
In 1955, Baker & McKenzie opened an office in Caracas, Venezuela, its first outside the United States. This was followed in 1957 and 1958 with offices in Brussels and Zurich. It was part of a rapid growth period that saw the opening of 17 new offices, including eight in Europe, in a decade.
The London office opened in 1961.
The Firm grew steadily over the next 25 years, opening up offices all over the world. In line with Russell Baker's global vision, each office was staffed by experienced, local lawyers with equal partnership rights.
In 1987, Baker & McKenzie became the first law firm to employ 1,000 lawyers, a number which had tripled by 2001. It was also the first to surpass US$1 billion in fees, a figure which had increased to US$2.19 billion by 2008.
Today, Baker & McKenzie employs approximately 3,800 lawyers in 71 offices across 44 jurisdictions.
Our numerous awards reflect the quality of our practice areas, the diversity of our workplace, our unique culture and our leading edge training and development programmes for graduates and employees.
From Banking and Corporate to Structured Capital Markets and Wealth Management, you will sit in four departments as part of our seat rotation process. Hear more about the work of some of our key practice areas from partners based in Banking and Corporate.
Trainees are actively encouraged to get involved in our CSR programme. The programme covers:
Football, netball, hockey, cricket, rugby and yachting are just some of the sporting activities Baker & McKenzie makes available to trainees. A busy calendar of social events throughout the year also provides plenty of opportunities to meet colleagues and clients.
The Firm now ranks 46, up from 70 last year...
On Thursday 16th May Baker & McKenzie won the award for Best Trainer – Large City firm at LawCareers.Net awards 2013.
London, UK, 7 May 2013 - Baker & McKenzie is pleased to announce that Donald Guiney has joined its London Capital Markets Group.
Global, 7 May 2013 – Baker & McKenzie has received approval from the Korean authorities to open an office in Seoul. The office will be the Firm's 73rd office and 46th jurisdiction globally and 15th office in Asia Pacific.
London, UK, 17 April 2013 – In an eagerly awaited judgment handed down today, the Supreme Court accepted in full the arguments made on appeal by Public Relations Consultants Association Limited (PRCA) against The Newspaper Licensing Agency Limited (NLA) about the legality of internet browsing.