Linklaters is a Magic Circle firm with great opportunities for international work. The firm operates on a “good standing” system instead of a billable-hours requirement, and it receives high praises for requiring pro bono work as part of the formula. The team has the capacity and knowledge on the ground to handle assignments of virtually any size or complexity in any of its practice areas.
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Linklaters seeks candidates who bring diversity and international aspirations to the table. Associates describe the firm as a place where people care about one another and socialize with frequency—pre-pandemic, this included spontaneous gatherings and firm-sponsored events, like a Friday social and office lunches. Partners treat associates well and provide feedback through annual reviews. Associates agree the firm is transparent in many ways but could stand to be more forthcoming in areas such as compensation. Instead of a billable-hours requirement, associates must maintain “good standing,” which includes being within a standard deviation—while some find it confusing, most feel this system is a positive feature. Associates are pleased with compensation, which follows market. Work...
Consistently ranked as a top money-maker, both in terms of firm profits and PPP, Magic Circle firm Linklaters has achieved legal industry royalty by following the BigLaw formula well: Build the finance and M&A practices and grow internationally. The firm is one of the top brands among U.K.-based law firms, and if you want to work in the United States, there are two offices to choose from: New York and Washington, DC.
At the beginning of the 1990s, Linklaters was predominantly a U.K. firm with local operations in just a handful of cities across Europe and Asia. But in 1996, the firm embarked on an expansion strategy and hasn’t looked back since. Through a string of global mergers, joint ventures, and organic growth, the firm built up a hefty international practice. ...
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