What is your role at Linklaters?
My name’s Rachel Knipe, I’m a PSL in the Financial Regulatory team. I studied Law at the University of Sheffield.
What seats did you do as part of your training contract?
My training contract was FRG (Financial Regulation Group) in my first seat, Banking, Derivatives and Structured Products and then Corporate in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was amazing it’s a really great city, obviously, very vibrant, lots of cultural differences and there’s just a great team out there so I had lots of fun.
What work do you carry out in the Financial Regulation Group?
FRG is quite a broad practice. It’s historically an advisory practice, advising our clients on the rules that they need to comply with as part of being regulated firms. That can spread from memorandums to corporate deals – what they have to do to make sure that their deal will go through from a regulatory stand point – to, ‘there’s a new law coming out so what do’ - we need to do something more researched based, finding out market patterns and things just to help our clients any way we can.
How would you explain the international reach that Linklaters has?
I think everything currently we’re doing now has some sort of international reach. As an associate now I have a lot more responsibilities so I’m running a few matters by myself where I have partner supervision but the day to day is me, which at the beginning is quite daunting but you learn how to deal with that and gain experience. At the beginning when you’re given some client work it can be quite difficult to work out exactly the kind of questions they want answering so one of the best ways to understand that is to go on client secondment, I’ve been lucky enough to do three in my short time at Linklaters. I worked at an investment bank in London, an investment bank in Hong Kong and I also worked at an exchange and clearing house in Sweden. International secondments are obviously exciting but it can be quite a big thing to move your life to the other side of the world but Linklaters makes it really easy for you. So, for Hong Kong and Stockholm I had flats organised for me, you have a relocation agent who you can call if there’s any problems and you’re given the information and the numbers of the people who can help you when you’re there. It’s not that you’re abandoned there, everything’s all sorted for you.
What is the training like at Linklaters?
Once you’re an associate the training doesn’t stop, the training can differ slightly but we often have knowhow lunches as a regular thing in FRG, which we have on a monthly basis just to chat about new rules and regulations coming through.
What are the facilities like?
There’s so many facilities at Linklaters both professionally and just to help you with everyday life. Professionally we have print room, we have support service desk which can help you after hours if you’re having any problems, we have night secretaries, anything just to make your life a little bit easier when you’re trying to get client work done. On a day-to-day setting there’s the shop, there’s the gym, there’s the beautician, so there’s lots of really great facilities here.
How did you find the move to London?
I moved down to London to do the LPC at the University of Law. Actually when I moved to London I didn’t know a soul in London. It was a big move for me but I knew this was where I wanted to be, this was where the work was so the University of Law and the LPC was a really great way to make friends, meeting other Linklaters lawyers to be and also lawyers from the other firms who were also going through the similar training procedures. So now I’ve got quite a nice group of friends in London, I know people who are everywhere which is great.
What makes Linklaters different to other firms?
I think Linklaters is different to other firms that I’ve dealt with in that it’s just such a friendly place to be. The people are great, super helpful and obviously very, very intelligent. We work on some really complex cross border international deals and you need to have a really good friendly team around you when you’re working in such a complex environment so I would say it’s the work and the people that make Linklaters.
PSL, Financial Regulation Group
- What is your role at Linklaters?
- What seats did you do as part of your training contract?
- What work do you carry out in the Financial Regulation Group?
- How would you explain the international reach that Linklaters has?
- What is the training like at Linklaters?
- What are the facilities like?
- How did you find the move to London?
- What makes Linklaters different to other firms?