Bakers wins best trainee recruitment campaign at The Lawyer Management Awards

Baker & McKenzie has won best Trainee Recruitment Campaign at The Lawyer Management Awards.

The US-headquartered firm won a hard-fought category for the introduction of a new spring vacation scheme which has significantly extended the pool of talent from which it chooses its trainees.

Bakers’ training contract applications statistics showed that, for its 2015 to 2017 training contract, 48 per cent of applicants came from a state school background while 42 per cent of offers were to state-educated candidates.

Finalists in the category included Clifford Chance, CMS, DWF, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters.

Clifford Chance was also recognised for its diversity work. The magic circle firm was placed first in the Most Effective Diversity Programme category, which revolved around a number of strategies including being the first firm to introduce CV blind interviews and its partnership with National Student Pride.

The firm also won the Excellence in Talent Management and Retention award for its Performance Optimisation Programme, dedicated to tackling issues relating to mental illness by ensuring that its workforce was engaged and psychologically resilient.

Osborne Clarke was recognised for its excellence in training programme, with its Q3D scheme being judged to effectively educate its associates by topping up their fundamental knowledge at key points in their careers.