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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2015)
"A friendly, inclusive and global."
Culture
9.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
6.8 / 10
 
Hours
6.9 / 10
 
Salary
7.6 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.2 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.6 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • Trainees are given high calibre work, often international in nature, as well as tasks which ensure that they really develop in their roles
  • The firm’s relatively small intake means that trainees have good exposure to high-profile deals
  • Support is provided to trainees as the firm has an inclusive and genuinely ‘open-door’ culture
  • Both legal and non-legal skills are taught innovatively in department-specific training sessions

Cons

  • Working hours might be challenge for some trainees, and some late nights can be expected
  • Some may feel that international secondments could be made longer, i.e. six months, rather than three
  • Staying in the firm after qualification can be difficult: opportunities in some departments are highly sought after
  • More opportunities for regular feedback would help trainees' development

What insiders say about...

"Ensure you know about the firm, your strengths and weaknesses and how you would fit..."

"It may depend on the department, but generally there is no 'face-time' culture. There..."

"The firm places a massive emphasis on PSC training and personal development, which..."

"There is a feedback culture and people are approachable if you request it, particularly..."

"Nice offices; good view of St Paul's cathedral from many of the higher offices; the..."

"Although long hours are often necessary, there is no culture of 'face-time' at Bakers...."

"The salary is up there with all the big City firms, but the bonuses are not tremendous,..."

"We have VIP access and 10% discount at the National History Museum; which is awesome...."

"I did a vacation scheme and was offered the TC after that. None of the interviews..."

"The partner case study was a bit of a grilling on the facts in front of you. The..."

"I understand that there are measures in place to reduce the firm's carbon footprint,..."

"The firm widely promotes diversity in all its forms and, more than that, there is..."

"High level of responsibility without feeling out of depth or that support is not..."

"I have never personally been involved in pro bono projects here, but I understand..."

"The firm's has an international reach, but I worked in small teams which gave good..."

"The qualification process is definitely not as transparent as it is in other firms..."

"I was encouraged to apply here after seeing the enthusiasm lawyers at the firm had..."

"I have been offered a NQ position, and retention is fairly good, but some departments..."

"We have moss dogs on our roof terrace named Baker, Mac and Kenzie."

"A friendly, inclusive and global."

"There are a range of social programs with individuals from disadvantaged programmes...."

"The firm should ensure all trainees are able to go on secondment if they wish to..."

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