Bakers gives LGBT students shake ’n’ stir masterclass

Baker & McKenzie partners are set to show off their mixing skills in a cocktail-making class with Bristol University’s LGBT Society in this month (December).

The event, which is fully sponsored by the City firm, will host around four partners and one associate learning the skills of mixology alongside 40 members of the LGBT Society.

Bakers partner Daniel Ellis said: “A number of our partners are openly gay, which sends a powerful message that sexual orientation poses no barriers to career progression. Law’s traditionally been seen as one of the more conservative professions and we’d like to show that there are firms out there that are gay-friendly.”

Graduate recruitment officer Jane Grutchfield explained that Bakers wanted the evening to be interactive to ensure a good socialising and networking opportunity.

“For us it’s a great way to show that we’re a diverse, welcoming and LGBT-friendly firm,” she added. “We’ve received really good feedback [about our earlier Oxford event] at Oxford University Law Fair. There were many students who told us they had a really good time and how they were really pleased to see so many partners there.”

Bakers was one of the first law firms to launch an LGBT event with Oxford University, which saw around 80 students from the society and four partners attend.

A couple of years ago magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer hosted a networking event for LGBT students at both Oxford and Cambridge universities.

To promote Bakers’ diverse culture the firm handed out ‘diverse networking cards’ at recent law fairs, which allow students to gain contact with a current employee of a similar background.