Why join

More rewarding

We expect a lot from our people. Real commitment and excellent performance. So it's only fair that our benefits package reflects your dedication, rewarding you personally, professionally and financially.

Our starting salaries

Our pay is highly competitive. You'll also be eligible for a performance-related bonus after each trainee seat. And when you qualify, you can expect a total cash potential (basic salary and performance bonus combined) of up to £90,000.

  • £43,000 Trainee starting salary
  • £49,000 Trainee second year salary

LPC and GDL grants

We pay the course fees and provide a maintenance grant for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC).

  • £8,000 Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), London
  • £7,000 Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), outside London
  • £7,000 Legal Practice Course (LPC)


We’re flexible to the ever-changing demands of our clients and our people. Crucially, we’re changing in response to the way they both want to work.

By offering flexibility to our colleagues, they’re more able to deliver a bespoke service our clients. Clients who are themselves increasingly working remotely and choosing their own hours.

One of our strengths is our ability to attract, retain and develop excellent talent from all walks of life. This reflects the rich diversity of our clients and communities. And our flexibility is one more thing that helps us to fulfil this promise.

At Linklaters, colleagues are empowered to work in a way that best suits their needs. We do everything we can to help them discover their own approach. 

Rewards and Benefits

Life after work

You'll automatically join our pension scheme. Although retirement arrangements might not be top of your priorities right now, you'll be grateful further down the line to you've safeguarded your future.


We provide income protection, life assurance (valued at five times your gross annual salary) and a worldwide travel insurance policy.


You're entitled to 27 days' annual holiday, on top of bank holidays, and an extra day off for your birthday. By sacrificing salary, you can also buy up to five further holiday days. Then at the end of your training contract, you'll be able to take qualification leave. And, you can take four-week sabbaticals later in your career.

For parents

Maternity/paternity/adoption/surrogacy/shared parental leave

Travel insurance for you and your immediate family

Back-up childcare

Childcare vouchers

Time off in lieu scheme

Considering the nature of our work, unpredictable hours are a way of life. But that doesn't go unnoticed. We proactively monitor and review working time and there's a formal scheme in place, to makes sure you receive additional annual leave following particularly intensive work periods.

Voluntary work

We're committed to pro bono, charity and community activities and as such, you're entitled to take time off for voluntary work.

Health and wellbeing

As well as a free in-house fitness centre, which offers classes, you'll receive corporate membership discounts with a range of health club providers. We also currently have more than 19 clubs, including football, hockey, choir and sailing. Private medical insurance is also available, and through the firm's employee assistance programme, you and your family can access a free, confidential, counselling and advice service.

Eating and drinking

Our popular subsidised restaurant, Silks, provides a variety of dishes from around the world. The across the road from the office are famous lunchtime destination Whitecross Street Market isalong with restaurants including Pham Sushi. The Jugged Hare and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, both next door, are our after-work favourites.


You're entitled to free entry to paying exhibitions at venues such as the British Museum, the National Gallery and Tate Modern. For movie fans, we also offer discounted cinema tickets at the local Barbican Centre.

Additional benefits

Interest-free season ticket loans and new joiner loan

Cycle to work scheme

Employee assistance programme

An employee referral scheme

Discounted shopping portal

On-site and extras

Fitness centre

Subsidised restaurant, coffee bar and shop

GP service including health assessments

Occupational Health Nurse



Sports teams



Diversity networks


BAME (Black, Asian, minority ethnic) Network

LGBT Network

Christian Fellowship

Hindu Forum

Islamic Society

Jewish Forum

Family and Carers Network

Ally Network

VisAbility Network