What is your background?
I'm Alex Beidas, I'm a Managing Associate in the Employment & Incentives team here in London.
I actually trained in another firm and I joined the mainstream Corporate team in London when I was two years qualified. And I stayed there, I was a corportate lawyer for six years and then I actually moved to the Employment & Incentives team where I am now.
My focus is mainly on incentives and pay arrangements that executives are subject to.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
One of the biggest highlights for me has been the opportunity to speak on the BBC, on Radio 4's Today programme and BBC News amongst other things, because bankers’ pay is real hot topic at the moment so there's been a lot of interest from journalists and it's just given me the opportunity to demonstrate that I'm an expert in the field and it has allowed me to develop skills that I didn't really know I had but I actually really really enjoyed doing it. It's a bit of a coup, that as a Managing Associate I've managed to do that but it shows that it is a meritocracy here, that they let you do things if you're prepared to do them, they will give you the support to do it and you don't need to wait until you're Partner to have that kind of exposure - it has been great fun.
Future at Linklaters
What development opportunities are there at Linklaters?
I recently was part of the Women's Leadership Programme and it's been a brilliant opportunity to network with people from various offices, actually broaden my network of peers but also get to know Partners at a really senior level around the firm and tell them our views about how we can help more women get to the top. And I really enjoyed that actually; being able to sit next to very senior Partners and tell them what I think and actually having them listen to me and debate the solutions has been great fun.
What is the career path at Linklaters?
The career path at Linklaters is pretty well trodden. You qualify into a team, you will spend a few years as a junior associate and you will become a Managing Associate. And then there will be a period of years where you'll be building on your expertise, you're becoming a technical expert in your field, you're really improving the relationships you'll have with clients to become one of their main contacts in the firm. You will probably have done a secondment for a client or to another office and you will be supported by a number of people in the firm to make that next step up to partnership.
How is the work-life balance at Linklaters?
It is possible to balance family life and working at Linklaters; I have two young boys. My typical day is probably to get in at around 9am, it can be earlier depending on work but that would be the average time, and then I will try to leave the office at around 6.30pm so I can get home and put them to bed. It doesn't always happen but I would say most of the time it does happen and I think more and more people are doing it nowadays; it has become a much more common approach.
What made you choose Linklaters?
One of the things that drew me to Linklaters is its community investment team. There's a real push at Linklaters to do what we can for the communities that we work in and I think that it really stands out among all the law firms. That is really one of the things that drew me here and I have got involved on all sorts of things since I've been here.
The thing I'm doing at the moment which I really enjoy is called Pop Up Projects and it's a community interests company that's set up to improve children's literacy in the UK. So I'm on the board of that - there's about six of us on the board from all different walks of life. Linklaters is actually a sponsor for the company and has given a certain amount of money in the last few years and it's just been a great learning experience for me - it's helped me to broaden my skills.
What would you advice future applicants to work for Linklaters?
I would really encourage people to work for Linklaters. It's a really interesting place to work and you will test yourself every single day. There are really friendly people to work with and we have brilliant clients whose deals are often in the news so it's high profile, demanding, hugely rewarding. There are lots of facilities at Linklaters that make life really easy; there's a gym, there's a doctor and physio on site. There's also a shop which I find very handy when I'm late to meet a friend and it's their birthday and I haven't thought about buying a birthday present or a card. There's a cafe and a great canteen.
Does Linklaters allow flexible working?
The firm as a whole has been thinking of ways to encourage more flexible working. One of the ideas they've had is to allow everybody whether they're male or female, whether they have dependants or not, to have a day working from home a week. And they can choose that day - obviously it depends on clients’ demands and on client meetings but I think the uptake actually has been really good across the board. It's not just limited if you have children or dependants or anything like that and it's been really successful and I think that sort of approach, thinking outside the box, working out ways to make it something that is flexible across the board, is great way of retaining talent in the firm.
Partner, Employment & Incentives
Alex was previously a Managing Associate, since this video she has been promoted to Partner in the Employment & Incentives team.
- What is your background?
- What has been the highlight of your career so far?
- Future at Linklaters
- What development opportunities are there at Linklaters?
- What is the career path at Linklaters?
- How is the work-life balance at Linklaters?
- Choosing Linklaters
- What made you choose Linklaters?
- What would you advice future applicants to work for Linklaters?
- Does Linklaters allow flexible working?