Katie Patrick

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Katie is an Associate in the Employment Department. She joined Baker McKenzie as a trainee in March 2017 and qualified as a solicitor in March 2019. Katie is currently on a client secondment to a global tech company, as part of its Employment Legal team.

Practice Focus

Katie advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters across different industries. She works on employment-related disputes, provides day-to-day HR advice, coordinates global employment projects, and assists on the employment aspects of multijurisdictional transactions. Katie is also committed to her work on various pro-bono matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented a financial services client in the Employment Tribunal, successfully arguing that the Tribunal did not have jurisdiction to consider high value unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims brought by a former employee.
  • Acted for a global bioscience company, advising on the employment aspects of a multijurisdictional reorganisation in preparation for the sale of its food manufacturing business.
  • Worked on large-scale redundancy projects for several professional services, retail, and manufacturing clients, including advising on information and consultation requirements and negotiating settlement agreements.
  • Acted for a client in the pharmaceutical sector, advising on how best to investigate and resolve complex grievance and disciplinary issues.
  • Provided and coordinated multijurisdictional advice on topics including the engagement of independent contractors, redundancy and cost-saving measures, and navigating legislation and guidance relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised a global tech company on day to day employment law issues across EMEA as part of a global retainer. 
  • Advised on the employment aspects of setting up entities in the UK, including preparing employment contracts and policy documents, and advising on the set up of benefits and HR procedures.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Corporate Responsibility

Ongoing or recent pro-bono cases include:

  • Volunteer for the charity Working Families, providing regular employment and benefits advice to parents and carers, including in relation to family leave and flexible working rights. 
  • Volunteer for the charity LawWorks, representing the family of a child with learning disabilities to challenge the level of their current health and social care package.  
  • Represented a housekeeper and nanny in relation to a national minimum wage claim in the High Court and related discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Volunteered for the charity Mencap, representing the family of a man with learning disabilities who died in care, successfully arguing that the agencies involved had an obligation to disclose the findings of investigations into the death to the family.

Katie also assists with Baker McKenzie’s vacation scheme programme, acting as a supervisor to students and a judging panel member. She strongly believes in the need to ensure that the future of the firm reflects its commitment to diversity and inclusion.


  • England & Wales (Solicitor) (2019)


  • St. Catharines College, Cambridge (MA (Cantab), Law)
  • BPP University (Legal Practice Course)
  • Author, "Vicarious liability of employers: Supreme Court provides welcome news", Compliance and Risk Journal (Volume 9, Issue 5), September/October 2020