The Linklaters Training Contract
We believe what makes us stand out as an employer, is the attention we give to our training, development and support. We offer the fully rounded programme you need to develop your understanding of commercial law and build your skills. This is why our trainees choose to stay with us year after year – in September 2020 we retained 87% of our trainees.
Linklaters is the first law firm to establish a truly global development programme for its trainees across the firm; the New Lawyer Programme. The three-day programme is designed to educate and inspire our new lawyers while giving you the opportunity to form a tight network with your global colleagues. It focuses on four fundamental areas: our firm, our work, our clients and our culture.
Our London Trainee Induction is a five-day programme, which will prepare you for work as a trainee solicitor in our London office. The programme is designed to introduce you to the more practical elements of life as a trainee, such as becoming familiar with our IT systems and knowledge on typical trainee-tasks. These sessions are delivered by our experienced associates, who make the training as practical as possible.
Alongside department specific training, you’ll get to develop your business critical skills (influencing, presenting, time management) through our Equip programme. Your Principal will also have undergone training to ensure they can fully support and develop you. And it doesn’t stop there. You can look forward to continuous training and development throughout your career at Linklaters with a tailored curricula available at every stage.
We place great value in the opportunities our people have to broaden their horizons, be this through pro bono work, volunteering with our Corporate Social Responsibility partners, or getting involved in our clubs and networks. This extends to our future trainees as well, and so we have created the Renwick Horizon bursary to provide you with financial assistance for activities to expand your horizons prior to joining the firm. Future trainees can apply for a bursary which gives up to £1,500 towards language lessons, volunteering or community work.
We have an array of both international and client secondments that we advertise to our trainees for each seat. Typically, you’ll go on secondment in your 4th seat, however, there are sometimes opportunities to go earlier on in your training contract. We have around 33-36 international secondments, which include roles in Europe, UAE, Asia, and New York, as well as the opportunity for trainees to be seconded to Allens in Australia. We currently offer up to 15 client secondments, with such clients as Lloyds Banking Group, BP, Centrica, Carlyle, Credit Suisse, and Citibank. We also have several pro-bono secondments, which include Mary Ward Legal Centre, Free Representation Unit, and Plan International.
In each department you’ll sit with a Principal, who is on hand to train and supervise. A Group Trainee Solicitor Partner will also give you additional support. With ongoing feedback, you’ll have ample opportunity to discuss progress with the Trainee Development Team and draw up a training plan. As you define your interests, you’ll have the flexibility to change your preference as you go. You’ll also benefit from specific seminars and training modules relevant to your seat.
Implemented in 2019, the trainee mentor programme pairs first seat trainees with a Partner or Counsel. The relationship is continued throughout the duration of your training contract and provides you with invaluable networking opportunities. As you progress throughout your training contract, you’ll also get the chance to mentor junior trainees as they join the firm.
Clubs, Networks and Socials
With over 18 sports and social clubs at Linklaters, there really is something for everyone! Ranging from running, football, netball, yoga and sailing, to our award-winning choir.
We have a range of employee-led networks to celebrate the diversity of the firm including the Gender Equality Network, With Pride and Allies Networks, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Network, Social Mobility Network, VisAbility Network, Family and Carers Network and Faith and Secular Networks.
Social events are an important part of life at Linklaters and practice groups organise a range of activities including bake offs and cake trolleys, away days and ski trips, quizzes and drinks trolleys. On Thursday evenings, our Silks café turns itself into Sunset Silks – a bar offering a range of drinks and pizzas from our wood fired oven! You can also sign up to be part of the Trainee Social Committee which organises social events for trainees. Finally, our trainees regularly host and arrange junior networking events with established and future clients.
Innovation runs through everything we do at Linklaters – our legal advice, the way we deliver our services to clients, and the way we run our business. We channel our ideas and resources through three streams to design and develop products, processes and initiatives in the most impactful way.
As a firm we pride ourselves on embracing new ideas, technologies and tools to help us push boundaries and stay ahead of the curve, enabling us to challenge the present and shape the future. You can find out more here.
We continually develop new products and processes that enable us to maximise the service delivery to our clients and run our business in the most efficient way.
Bespoke Legal Tech: Nakhoda is our proprietary in-house contract automation and digital negotiation technology platform. Platform users have access to structured data contained in their documents that is otherwise inaccessible in Word and .pdf formats.
Process Improvement: We continually evaluate our internal processes and systems via a process improvement programme in order to enhance efficiencies in everything we do.
Emerging Legal Tech: Our dedicated LegalTech team are on-hand to support the deployment of the smartest solutions and ideas in the market, from machine learning to automated legal logic.
We’ve been working across the global innovation community to develop partnerships and collaborations and to share learning and experience.
Innovative Lawyers Forum: We have a collection of forums across the globe designed to bring together senior lawyers responsible for driving forward the innovation agenda within their respective organisation.
Crowdcube & TechLinks: We have an exclusive legal partnership with Crowdcube to provide innovative start-ups access to cutting edge legal advice while giving us exposure to exciting new tech and fintech companies that have the potential to disrupt their industries. TechLinks is our innovative platform, aimed at helping tech entrepreneurs turn their small business into a company with potential to grow.
The LawTech Delivery Panel: We are assisting the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce in clarifying legal status of cryptoassets and smart contracts.
Our people are alive to the changes and challenges around them and are a key part of the solutions. We strive to empower them to make change and provide them the tools, skills and environment to effect that change.
Practice Innovation & Efficiency (PIE) Teams: Our engine of change, these teams of lawyers are empowered to make change in their respective practice groups and offices.
Ideas Pathway: This is our ideation technology platform which allows us to crowdsource, capture, share and implement the best ideas from our teams across the globe in the most efficient way.
Global Coding Club: Coding has become an increasingly relevant skill in our industry. We launched the club so that our people better understanding underpinning legal technologies and can work with developers to design and build tech-enabled solutions.