Linklaters LLP is a global law firm headquartered in London, UK and an eminent member of the coveted 'Magic Circle' of UK law firms. Linklaters LLP is the fourth largest global law firm in the world in terms of revenue (Â£1.2bn in revenue as in April 2011). With 2200+ legal advisers and 2800+ staff across 27 offices in 19 countries, Linklaters is one of the biggest law firms worldwide. As reported on May 1, 2011, the firm boasted of 480 practicing partners and a total staff of more than 5000 lawyers.
The law firm is known to undertake the most difficult and most challenging legal assignments across the world. Its clients mainly include leading companies, financial institutions, and sometimes governments who are stuck in complex legal issues. More than 70% of the legal issues that the firm practices are related to multi-country/multi-practice matters.
The company has been instrumental in historic cases such as RBS' takeover of ABN.The firm has also resolved international alliance concerns and has concentrated on expanding to Eastern European markets and even Middle East and Asia. Some years back, it even closed down its offices in Bratislava, Budapest, and Prague. In recent years, the firm has opened one of its offices in Abu Dhabi and its announcement of an "integrated global alliance" with an Australian firm Allens suggests that it is on the right track.
Founded in 1838 as Dods & Linklater, the firm merged with Paine, Blyth & Huxtable in 1920 establishing its reputation as a fantastic English law firm with small domestic operations with a few overseas jurisdictions. In 1996, the firm decided to expand globally citing demand for multi-jurisdictional legal advice. Since then, Linklaters has been on a merger-and-alliance-making spree. In 1998, the firm formed an with four other European law firms and then merged with three firms in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and Sweden.
Over the years, Linklaters merged with firms in the Czech Republic and Poland and opened offices in multiple cities including Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Lisbon and Madrid. During this period, Linklaters formed joint ventures with a Singaporean law firm and a Brazilian firm to further interests in the cities.
After Japan permitted multi-national partnerships in 2005, Linklaters made the most of the opportunity and was the first one to create Japan's first fully merged law firm practising law related to Japan, UK and US.
Not all years brought good news for the firm as Linklaters had to bear credit crunch problem in 2008 and resort to cutting 270 jobs in London including 120 lawyers and 150 of the staff. In one of the biggest cases in 2008, Linklaters was appointed for handling Lehman Brothers insolvency.
Awards and recognitions
Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year, Who's Who Legal Awards 2012(for the seventh consecutive year)
European Tax Awards 2012, International Tax Review
"Private Equity Team of the Year" and "Private Equity Deal of the Year" - IFLR 2011 Americas Awards, March 2011
National first-tier ranking for IP for five consecutive years - Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2010
".when it comes to patent litigation with national significance, few firms can compete." - IAM Patent Litigation 250: The World's Leading Patent Litigators, May 2011
"Litigation Department of the Year" - The American Lawyer, winner in 2008 and since 2002, a finalist or winner all five times this biennial contest has been held - the only firm able to claim this honor
"Most prestigious" litigation partners - 2010 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms
Four of the top 15 "Largest Chapter 11s of 2010" and four of the top 10 "Successful Restructurings of 2010" - Turnarounds & Workouts, January 2011
"Restructuring Team of the Year" - IFLR 2011 Americas Awards, March 2011
Linklaters has time and again cemented its position as one of the world's premier law firms. This is primarily due to stringent hiring criteria in place which rewards only the best to be part of the group. The firm provides summer law associates challenging work and global exposure simultaneously boosting their career in law for the future.
The firm carries out deals that are first of their kind which helps attorneys to build their skills and expertise which the client demands. Experienced attorneys are always assigned high-level responsibility for diverse set of transactions and litigation. Attorneys at Linklaters also find a friendly working atmosphere which boosts their entrepreneurial spirit for a great measure. The firm conducts many programs for helping its attorneys succeed with formal training sessions to mentorship programs.
Linklaters looks for passionate people who are able to make the most of what is being offered to them. The firm needs people who can work hard, learn quickly and are able to take responsibility for what they do. Lawyers blessed with analytical intelligence and have a natural flair for attention to detail are the ones who are usually preferred. A genuine interest in international business and the financial world is a huge bonus. Attorneys who exhibit a high level of commercial awareness are the ones who can crack the interviews.
Linklaters believes in an inclusive culture where everyone is respected and valued and all are allowed to excel. The firm has empowered local diversity working groups and initiated a plethora of internal awareness activities to celebrate particular aspects of diversity and address the challenges.
Linklaters has always equated diversity to be part of their corporate responsibility for best practices. Events on diversity-related issues are regularly organized with multiple clients in multiple cities including Amsterdam, London, New York, Paris and Warsaw. All issues related to gender, ethnicity, religion, faith and sexual orientation are taken into consideration.
Linklaters has also initiated benchmarking activities in Asia on gender and cultural issues. The firm is also one of the founding signatories of the Law Society's Diversity and Inclusion Charter in UK. The law firm is in partnership with different companies. For its immense contribution to diversity issues, Linklaters was awarded "Diversity Law Firm of the Year 2010" by the Black Solicitors Network. Additionally, the firm was voted as the Best International Law Firm for Minority Women in Business Law Awards 2011.
Summer associate program
The summer associate program at Linklaters is pretty much comprehensive for the associates where they will learn about taking real responsibility, and get access to multiple practice groups. Each summer associate will be assigned with associate mentor and a partner for answering questions. Summer associates can also make the most of social activities. There is a dedicated training program which includes comprehensive sessions related to the firm's main areas of practice run by partners or senior associates.
The offices which offer summer seats for law students in the US are New York, London and Hong Kong. Most work assignments are then coordinated by workflow coordinators who are mostly senior associates and partners. Summer associates will be given a chance to participate in pro bono projects too.
A wide array of events is held for helping out partners and associates to meet and learn more about each other. The summer program is famous for its three-day London Retreat where associates are flown to London for educational sessions and social events. Presentations, roundtable discussions, commercial tours and a flagship formal dinner event are included in the trip. There are two formal review opportunities within the program too.
The summer associate program is only open to second-year law students studying in US and hiring is done from the New York office.
Salary & benefits
Linklaters LLP boasts of a healthy profits-per-equity-partner ratio placing the firm in the 74th percentile.
The performance of the firm was quite extraordinary in its heydays when the profits per equity partner touched
- 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
- Bar Association Fees
- Business Casual Dress Code
- Child Care Subsidy
- Dental Insurance
- Domestic Partner Benefits
- Employee Assistance Program
- Family/Dependent Care Leave
- Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
- Health Club Membership
- Life/AD&D Insurance
- Long-term Disability Insurance
- Medical Insurance
- On-site Child Care - Emergency
- Parental Leave
- Relocation Expenses
- Sabbatical Program
- Short-term Disability Insurance
- Sick Leave
- Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
- Vacation Leave
- Vision Insurance
- Attorneys are even allowed to work part-time after permission from the management.
Medical and dental insurance; life and disability insurance; 22 vacation days; 401(k) plan; paid parental leave (18 weeks primary caregiver; 2 weeks secondary caregiver) and parental leave coaching; domestic partner benefits (gross up for dp medical and dental insurance); flexible spending account; dependent care spending account; emergency child care; pre-tax transit program; Employee Assistance Program; relocation expenses; bar review tuition; NYS bar exam fee; bar membership dues.
Working for the Linklaters
Linklaters promotes a culture where people strive for excellence and are imaginative themselves. They should be determined to deliver results with commercial judgment and integrity. Working as a lawyer in the firm will expose the lawyers to groundbreaking, complex and challenging global transactions. A good work-life balance is assured without stress if work is delivered smartly and with integrity using brains.
One might have to carve a path through unexplored territory sometimes since the firm helps in creating an inclusive culture which will be a test of talent. All lawyers work as teams and there is no hierarchy for politics here.
Linklaters' culture is one of its strongest competitive assets as it instills confidence in each of its lawyers to deliver outstanding client service. It is one of the most successful law firms in the world and ever expanding with top legal talent.
The firm also offers a unique experience of working with established teams. Linklaters was ranked #5 in Vault's "Best 20 firms to work for" in 2009 and regularly featured in the rankings.
Pro bono is an integral part of how Linklaters helps the society. The firm strives to make a positive difference to different communities helping out entrepreneurs for structuring huge charitable bond schemes and encourages its lawyers to make a difference.
The Venture Catalysts theme is the central part of the firm's pro bono activities. The firm helps the communities to innovate solutions for eradicating poverty and deprivation. The firm offers analysis on governance including other pro bono initiatives. Lawyers at Linklaters utilize their commercial legal expertise for driving a huge impact on the communities.