Bakers moves up The Times grad recruiter rankings

Baker & McKenzie has become the only law firm to secure a place on both The Times Top 100 Graduate employers and The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies this year.

Gary Senior

Gary Senior

The international firm has achieved 93rd place on the top graduate employers survey, up from last year where it sat at 97, and just slightly above new entry for 2011 Simmons & Simmons, which is placed at 96.

Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie Gary Senior, said:  “The ranking reflects the effort we have placed into enabling our people to be the best they can be at every level of our Firm.“ 

Allen & Overy (A&O) meanwhile has again achieved the highest spot in The Times survey above rival magic circle law firms, sitting at a comfortable 29, compared to Clifford Chance (36), Linklaters (42) and Freshfields (57).

A&O’s graduate recruitment manager Caroline Lindner said: “We work hard to ensure we recruit from a broad range of universities in order to attract the brightest talent. We’re very pleased to be recognised as the top law firm and employer of choice for the second year running.”

Other firms on the 2011 list include Slaughter and May (44), DLA Piper (64), Herbert Smith (70) and Hogan Lovells (99).

Elsewhere, Pannone crashed out of The Sunday Times survey of the 100 Best Companies To Work For, despite being hailed the top legal employer last year. Its ranking last year marked the seventh consecutive year the Manchester-based firm has been rated among the UK’s top 20 employers.

Freeth Cartwright and Cripps Harries Hall have also joined the law firm on the survey scrap heap.

Meanwhile, Mischon de Reya has been hailed the top legal employer in the survey, located at 28th position.

This was a boost from last year when it came in at 48. It was praised in categories including work/life balance, wellbeing, teamwork and ‘giving back’.

A total of five law firms managed to claim a spot on this year’s list including Lewis Silk in, although it dropped yet again from 33rd to 42nd, after falling originally from 19th place when it entered the survey.

Brabners Chaffe Street jumped from 83rd place to 81st, after plummeting from 20 in 2009, and Mills & Reeve meanwhile managed to secure a position at 90, after dropping to 94 the previous year.