Lateral Look: Linklaters

You’ll say ‘laters!’ to other firms when you hear about this London-born behemoth with international connections and boundless pro bono opportunities.

Linklaters Lateral Profile 2023

“In the States Linklaters is relatively small, but its global reach is huge, so I’m getting all the BigLaw work with a smaller-office atmosphere.” Indeed: Links now has around 30 offices spanning 20 countries with a total of over 3,000 attorneys.

So, just how big of a global icon is Links? Chambers Global awards the firm over 200 accolades across numerous jurisdictions. Most notably, the firm is recognized for its top-tier multi-jurisdictional expertise in banking & financecapital marketscompetition/antitrustcorporate/M&Aemployee benefits, and projects & energy. There’s more to this magic circle member’s story, but you’ll have to head over to for the full picture. Links’ two US offices – New York and DC – garner a total of six Chambers USA rankings, with its New York bankruptcy/restructuring and nationwide privacy & data security work receiving top praise.

View the firm's Chambers USA rankings 

Read the firm's Inside View feature on junior associate life

Why did you join your firm? Associates say…

"International practice."

"Strong CFIUS practice; small office atmosphere."

"Their pedigree for transactional/finance work."


 Strategic Recruitment Focuses 2023

Corporate careers

Corporate clients: Union Acquisition Corp; Curetis N.V.; Moolec Science Limited

Recent work highlight: Advised Union Acquisition Corp, a SPAC, on its $1.1 billion merger with Crynssen Pharma Group.


 International & Secondment Opportunities

Common secondment destinations: London; Hong Kong; Singapore

Client secondment examples: JP Morgan; Morgan Stanley; Digital Realty

The view from the firm: Attorneys have the opportunity to participate in an international secondment, or the opportunity to work out of another office with a local team for an extended period of time. Secondment decisions are determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to: language skills, current feedback, interest expressed in practice area, and prior experiences. 


 Career Development & the Path to Partnership



3 : 1


partners made in 2022

associate : partner gearing

agreed they had a good level of partner contact




felt partnership was achievable for attorneys with children felt partnership was achievable at the firm agreed partners
are nurturing
future leaders


The view from the firm: Linklaters provides in-house trainings, external firm-paid seminars, CLE courses and credit, observation opportunities, practice group trainings and retreats. Associates have partner mentors and biannual review meetings. Senior attorneys develop training programs, supervise projects, and provide one-on-one trainings to associates. Associates are provided with a marketing budget to grow their network and business development skills. The budget increases with seniority level. We have developed talent programs to create a sustainable pipeline of diverse talent for leadership roles in our firm, including our flagship Women’s Leadership Program, and our pilot INspire Minority Ethnic Talent Programme.


 Hours & Compensation


no requirement



billable hours

average number of vacation days associates took in one year

average number of hours associates worked in one week




agreed they had a good work-life balance

said the benefits package makes the workload worthwhile

found the bonus allocation fair and transparent



1st year: $215,000

2nd year: $225,000

3rd year: $250,000

4th year: $295,000

5th year: $345,000

6th year: $370,000

7th year: $400,000

8th year: $415,000


The view from the firm: We do not have a billable hours requirement. Pro bono hours are treated as equivalent to billable hours. The firm has an unlimited amount of pro bono hours as community investment is a key value of Linklaters. Attorneys are encouraged to work on numerous pro bono opportunities to better themselves and communities. Pay structure is lockstep. Part-time attorneys are given bonus and promotion consideration.

In 2020 we introduced a post-COVID global agile working policy, empowering our people to work remotely, for up to 20-50% of their time, without having to request permission, as long as teams are told in advance and operational role requirements are fulfilled.


 Is Linklaters the right firm for you?




were happy in their current role

     agreed the work is interesting

The view from the firm: At an international firm of our scale, it’s a given that we work on complex projects, over multiple jurisdictions. Our associates are involved in high-profile work on a global scale for the world's leading organizations. We’re seeking individuals who are eager to learn and interested in being part of our global team. We welcome diversity and individuality. More information can be found at

We asked survey respondents what stands out about the firm's culture?

"That people within the firm are friends outside of work, and that it is a team effort on every project as opposed to being competitive amongst associates."

"Great people, personable. People actually have lives and families outside of the office despite the demands."

"Mentorship interest and inclusivity."


 Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing





reported strong performance in inclusivity training

of partners are women

of associates identify as ethnically diverse

Pro Bono




average pro bono
per US attorney    

    agreed the firm is committed to pro bono


Pro bono highlights: National Women's Law Center; American Civil Liberties Union; immigration relief for Ukrainian's following Russia's invasion


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