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Linklaters LLP is a multinational law firm headquartered in London. Founded in 1838, it is a member of the "Magic Circle" of elite British law firms. It currently employs over 2,900 lawyers across 30 offices in 20 countries. In the financial year 2018/19, Linklaters achieved revenues of £1.63 billion ($2.2 billion) and profits per equity partner of £1.7 million ($2.2 million). In the UK, the firm has top-tier rankings across many practice areas, including corporate/M&A, capital markets, litigation, banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, antitrust, and tax.

An article published in The Financial Times titled: Linklaters wins gagging order blocking sexism claims exposes an ongoing problem behind this multinational law firm, "The gagging order issued in favor of Linklaters in the London high court prevents the law firm’s former director of business development and marketing, Frank Mellish, from publishing “specific examples” he said he would use to “demonstrate the Linklaters culture." According to the London high court judgment, Mr. Mellish — described as an Australian national in his mid-50s — informed Linklaters’ top partners last month of his intention to “share my impressions of the current culture” at the “magic circle” firm, in particular, what he called “the ongoing struggle Linklaters has with women in the workplace”.


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IT Support Analyst (Shift Lead) says

"Very unorganised company with poor communication and bad planning and project management. IT support never get sufficient training when a new project is rolled out and was expected to assist customers with issues on said systems. Cons: Bad work environment"

Associate (Former Employee) says

"Poor communication from management and no growth for anyone other than legal associates. Pay and vacation were the only positive things working there. Morale in general was poor. Cons: no growth poor morale"

Evening Document Technician (Former Employee) says

"I amended, created or formatted any documents that were put in our work trays the London Office."

Paralégal (Intérim) says

"pour le poste de paralegal, c'est mal payé par contre travail pas très dur et une grande équipe Cons: salaire"

Senior Risk Analyst (Former Employee) says

"The range of work and its complex nature was both challenging and rewarding. I also enjoyed the international and high profile nature of workload. In the end, I did not have an opportunity to move my career on within the firm."

Lawyer (Former Employee) says

"Linklaters in London has great facilities and environment. The firm has a good learning environment. It is conveniently located in the heart of London."

Associate (Former Employee) says

"Linklaters is a normal law firm with great international opportunities. The partners tend to care about their associates and the work is interesting. Cons: Unpredictable working hours."

Associate (Former Employee) says

"Linklaters is a fun and challenging place to work, with a generally good office culture. That being said, management varies dramatically from group to group however."


"I worked at Linklaters Cons: The work environment can be difficult. Non-professional behavior is often overlooked. There is a tolerance for dishonesty at all levels of the firm."


"I worked at Linklaters Cons: UK focus impedes US development"

Legal Executive Assistant - Assistant says

"I worked at Linklaters for more than 5 years Cons: Too Many clubs. In order to get along there you have to be part of a clique."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Linklaters full-time for more than 3 years Cons: I was not allowed to work. No training given when it was requested time and time again"

Former Employee - Associate says

"I worked at Linklaters full-time Cons: The culture is an absolute mess, absolutely no respect for you time, expectation of cancelling plans, even holidays, to accommodate work. Principals which are actual bullies, obsessive work culture, cult of 'utilisation,' If you're going to be this miserable, go to K&E and get paid double for it."

Former Employee - Project Manager says

"I worked at Linklaters full-time for more than 3 years Cons: - Awful "culture": often heard partners swearing and complaining loudly about their employees. Lawyers are expected to be available 24/7, and lots are asked to cancel planned holiday and work until all hours of the day and night - Most lawyers are antisocial and extremely rude when approached - if you aren't a partner, lots simply ignore you or dismiss you when you walk into their office - Not introduced properly to the business upon joining - HR in most departments is absolutely useless - most lawyers see HR as part of the wider problem as opposed to the solution and don't trust them as HR always passes on confidential chats to partners - No clear objectives for job, and the project aims always change so you can never track progress - Heard that a whole group was demoted for no valid reason (and not informed about this!) because HR simply decided the team hierarchy wasn't working for them - Senior leadership would often voice their disapproval at the role and mention how they didn't think the project would achieve its objective - Told there were zero chances of promotion or progression in role"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Linklaters full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Linklaters is extremely supportive of bullies, it seems to me across the board that if you have been working here for more than 10+ years you are automatically exempt from any sort of discipline, it’s so pathetic that you have to laugh. I’ve seen people being bullied first hand and no one bats an eyelid. Racism prevails and no one cares, as long as they keep getting awards for being “inclusive” they don’t care. Partners think because they have a 2.1 degree from Oxford or Cambridge they can treat everyone else like second class citizens. It honestly baffles me such a place even is allowed to exist in this day and age full of pompous strange people. Management needs a compete overhaul, if you are a lawyer this place will be great as you can basically do what you want. Anyone else join with caution, you are replaceable and you will see the huge divide between lawyers and the rest of the teams in terms of everything, only certain people who are “liked” will be allowed to work from home and given perks while another doing the same job is told no. It’s disgraceful."

Current Employee - Associate says

"I have been working at Linklaters full-time for more than a year Cons: the numbers of trainings are ridiculous high. I've heard it's because the L&D team needs to prove their value (Business Teams - cutting cost) so they have to present the numbers to UK head office. Not a friendly place to work, many incompetent people. IT couldn't even fix a conf call problem."

Current Employee - Systems Management Engineer says

"I have been working at Linklaters full-time for more than 3 years Cons: There were many cons. but I wont mention names"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Linklaters full-time for more than a year Cons: Incompetent senior managers in the firm who are very "loyal" to the firm but not very intelligent. They are managers only because they work there for "quite some time" (10 yrs +), it has nothing to do with their skills and competence."

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