Description

The Role

The London office of Bake McKenzie are looking for an exceptional mid-level Associate to join our market leading Employment Practice.

Our Employment team work with our clients on the full range of domestic and international employment issues. We work with a broad range of blue chip and global clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, TMT, IT, healthcare, transport, consumer products, publishing and retail.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding and leading London team working on high quality, varied and interesting work.  This will include global projects and transactions, high profile domestic instructions, complex litigation and strategic HR advisory work.

The Team

Our London team consists of more than 30 dedicated employment lawyers. We also work closely with our dedicated group of Employee Benefits lawyers and Immigration specialists and our Pensions Department. Working with both HR and in-house legal teams on day to day employment queries forms a significant part of our practice. Our lawyers also have recognised leading edge technical capabilities in areas such as discrimination, collective rights and workplace change (including TUPE, mergers and acquisitions, carve outs, restructurings, outsourcing, collective consultation, trade union issues and EWCs), litigation in the employment tribunals and appellate courts, High Court litigation and data privacy.

We are known for being commercial advisers with the experience and knowledge to deliver cost-effective, decisive and pragmatic advice. Our consistent first tier ranking in the legal directories reflects our determination to deliver the best possible results and outcomes for our clients. We achieve this by investing in development of our team of outstanding individuals, maintaining our leading edge expertise and working in close partnership with our clients. We believe our broad client base enables us to bring a different perspective and give more rounded advice to employers across different sectors.

Why join us?

Baker McKenzie is a truly global law firm.  Founded in 1949, we advise many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organisations through our 13,200 people in 78 offices in 46 countries. Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard.  Our culture encourages this - how we work, think and behave in a collaborative and fulfilling way.

In London you will be part of an 950 person office, which is also our largest office globally. Originally opened in 1961, Baker McKenzie London is well established in the UK as a leading international law firm and is regularly involved in some of the country's most high-profile legal matters. We can offer you the work, pride and experience of being part of a leading law firm but in a local office environment that is hardworking, yet friendly and supportive.

The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including:

  • Acritas’ Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, 2010- 2018 - ranked 1st
  • The Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17: currently ranked 66th
  • The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2018: currently ranked 65th
  • Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2012 - 2019: currently ranked 10th
  • The Lawyer: The Global 200 2018: ranked 4th
  • Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2015-18:Five awards:
    • Best International Firm for Women in Business Law
    • Most Innovative International Firm
    • Best International Firm for Talent Management
    • Best in UK
    • Beatriz Araújo won Best in Corporate Governance

To Apply

At Baker McKenzie we welcome direct applications.

Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role.  We will then be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application.  If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Recruitment Team on either 020 7919 1000 or Email

For more information about this position or to discuss any adjustments you may require during the process please contact in confidence, Gareth Newbery, Interim Recruitment Manager, on 020 7072 5743 or Email

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Additional Information

Posting Date: 26 April 2019

Closing Date 26 May 2019

Location: London

Salary: Between £80,000 and £110,000 depending on experience

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Baker McKenzie has a culture of diversity and inclusion in its DNA – since our beginning, the differences of our people have helped us to work fluently across borders, cultures and practices.  This is intrinsic to everything we do and underpins Baker McKenzie's vision to be the global law firm of choice.  We understand that organisations work best when people with different backgrounds and points of view are brought together.  We also know people perform at their best when they can be themselves at work.  Baker McKenzie is committed to serving our clients with innovative solutions brought about by a diverse talent pool and an inclusive community.

The London office mirrors the wider firm in encouraging the best people, regardless of race, culture, religion or belief (if any), gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation or age, to fulfil their professional aspirations with us so as to create an exciting and diverse legal environment.

Experience Required

We look for excellent academics coupled with evidence of good quality training and subsequent employment law experience gained from a leading employment practice.

The successful applicants will need a good commercial mind-set, be a strong team player and have the ability to build excellent relationships with clients.

Experience in the following areas would be advantageous:

Transactions

  • Advising on related issues, for example, protection against dismissal, changing terms and conditions, the election of worker representatives and protective awards.
  • Drafting and negotiating relevant provisions
  • General transactional support

General Advisory

  • Advising on a range of day to day queries from clients, including: disciplinary and grievance procedures, sickness absence, performance management, whistleblowing issues, contract and policy reviews.

Multi-jurisdictional projects

  • Managing global or multi-jurisdictional projects such as implementing global or regional HR projects and transactions.