Bakers extends overseas work scheme to partners

Baker & McKenzie partners will be given the opportunity to transfer to other international offices for up to 18 months under the firm’s first formal transfer programme, which is expected to be introduced in July.

The firm currently runs its Associate Transfer Programme, which offers associates located in one office the opportunity to spend between 12 and 18 months in another of the firm’s global offices.

In July the firm will extend this programme to all of the firm’s partners, subject to a suitable business case being made and approved.

Bakers global director of talent management Greg Walters told The Lawyer: “The associate programme has been around for a long time and is a very well-received programme. The demand for it has definitely increased.

“By rolling it out to partners it will help serve clients, as we see the ability to move people around as a great way of developing client relationships.

“It will also improve leadership skills.”

Walters explained that an individual can either nominate themselves to be transferred to another office or a transfer may be suggested to an individual as part of a firmwide development plan. “It works both ways,” said Walters.