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Main Office:

One Silk Street | London | London | EC2Y 8HQ

Phone: 44-20-7456-2000 | Fax: 44-20-7456-2222

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Year of establishment 1938 Number of partners 460
Number of offices 35 Partner to associate ratio 2.60
Biggest office London Percentage of women attorneys 35.00
Number of attorneys 2305 Percentage of minority attorneys 25.30
Number of associates 176 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 7.70
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Linklaters Reviews

- Reviewed on July 28, 2017

Advice to law firm management: The firm can improve by adding transparency to its hiring practices, as well as bringing more diverse staff into the fold. The firm should continue offering competitive salary packages.

Pros: This firm counts several important businesses among its top clients. As their counsel, you will get to know the needs of big business from the bottom up. You may also enjoy the salary and benefits.

Cons: The firm's hiring practices are notoriously difficult to discern. Many find it impossible to get an interview.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


As one of the leading global law firms, we undertake the most important and challenging assignments for the world's leading companies, financial institutions and governments, helping them to achieve their objectives by solving their most complex and important legal issues. We build lasting relationships with our clients, and we are committed to supporting them at all times, as they adjust to changes in their markets and the regulatory landscape. The size and shape of our business is determined by our clients and the work we do for them.

Practice Areas

Linklaters practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Banking
  • Business And Human Rights
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition
  • Corporate
  • M&A
  • Crisis Management
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment & Incentives
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Financial Regulation Group
  • Global Us Law
  • Information Management And Data Protection
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Governance And Development
  • Investment Management
  • Islamic Finance
  • Pensions
  • Private Equity
  • Projects
  • Public & Administrative Law
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Risk
  • Regulation And Governance
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Procurement And Outsourcing
  • Trusts
  • Private Client And Charities

Hiring Criteria

Linklaters follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

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.

Pro bono

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.

Notable cases

  • Recent significant transactions and cases include advising: Deutsche B

Linklaters 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 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.

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.


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