The Role

We are looking for a Paralegal to join the highly regarded Employment Department at Baker McKenzie on a 12 month contract. There is the opportunity that this role may be made permanent.

The successful applicant will be supporting the Employment Department in London and must possess a strong client service focus enabling you to interact well with both external and internal clients at all levels.

It is essential that the successful applicant has gained paralegal experience, from a professional services environment, ideally within a law firm. We are looking for someone to join the team who has a very strong work ethic and a genuine interest in this area of law.

Please note that this role is a Paralegal position and is not an entry route to complete a training contract or professional qualification with Baker & McKenzie. The two recruitment processes are completely separate.

  • Bundling and support indexing

  • Creating charts

  • Document review

  • Preparing summaries and reports

  • File management and some billing administration

  • Assisting with preparation for seminars and publications

  • Liaising with third party providers (e.g. e-disclosure providers and legal counsel)

  • Assisting with fee tracking

  • Assisting other fee earners in the department as and when required

The Team

Our London team consists of more than 30 dedicated employment lawyers. We also work closely with our dedicated group of Employee Benefits and Immigration lawyers 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 recognized leading edge technical capabilities in areas such as discrimination, collective rights, global transactions and workplace change (including TUPE, mergers and acquisitions, 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 organizations through our 13,000 people in 77 offices across 47 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 800 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- 2017 - ranked 1st/Brand Index: 100

  • The Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17: currently ranked 66th

  • The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2017: currently ranked 58th

  • Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2012 - 2019: currently ranked 10th

  • Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2016: Five awards: Most Innovative International Firm for Women, Best International Firm for pro bono work, Best in tax, Best in Employment and Overall Outstanding Female Practitioner Award

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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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 organizations 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

  • Degree qualification or equivalent.

  • Prior experience as a paralegal working in professional services, ideally legal. Experience with e-disclosure is preferred, although not essential.

  • High work standards

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Excellent organisational and problem solving skills

  • Ability to confidently deal with demanding situations, people and requirements.

  • Ability to analyse numbers

  • Strong document management skills

  • Strong client service orientation

  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel and online research tools.

  • Flexible and efficient work practices and ability to adapt style as required

  • Ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines and manage own caseload

  • Good communication skills, including the ability to liaise with people across the business

  • Ability to work well in both a team and individually

  • Keen to develop and use initiative

  • Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found in the Firm