What is your role at Linklaters?
My name’s Richard Hodgson, I’m a Partner in the Restructuring and Insolvency Group which is part of the Banking department and I work in the London office. I studied Law and I went to the London School of Economics.
What work do you carry out in the R&I Group?
In the R&I Group we act for administrators of companies, we act for corporates who are in distress; we act for lenders and other stakeholders to have an involvement in businesses that are suffering financial difficulties. Some of the matters that I’ve worked on during my time at Linklaters include acting for the administrators of companies like HMV and Game, the retailer. Also acting for the buyer of Habitat the retail group that went into administration and also acting for the administrators of Lehman Brothers which is the world’s largest ever insolvency.
What makes Linklaters different from other firms?
I think one of the things that makes Linklaters really different actually is the strength that we have across all of our practice areas, so we’re strong in Corporate and in Finance and in our Commercial practices as well and we’re really the only firm that has that strength across practice areas. In terms of how that translates for me, I think it’s about the fact that when I’m working on a matter and certainly in the R&I team, we deal with colleagues from across the firm in terms of different offices and practice areas. The fact that I know I can pick up the phone and speak to an expert in the relevant field it really improves my ability to help clients with their problems.
How are deal teams structured?
One of the responsibilities of a Partner in the department is to help build teams and to put together groups of individuals to work on a particular matter, to obviously take responsibility of the overall delivery of whatever that matter is, whatever the issue is that the clients come to the firm for assistance with, and that team will often include managing associates, associates and also trainees obviously. The Partner will have relationships with each of those people and will be building that team and ensuring that everyone feels part of that team and understands what their role is within the team. The Managing Associate may take a more hands-on approach in terms of actually running the transaction and then discuss things with the Partner, but there’ll be a lot of communication between each of the team members, whatever level they are to ensure a proper delivery of whatever the issue is.
What else can you get involved in outside of transactions, at Linklaters?
So there are a whole range of things you can get involved in at Linklaters aside from just the fee earning aspect of what we do. I’m actually the co-chair of the LGBT network at the firm and there are lots of other things that you can get involved with in terms of sporting activities and sports teams within the firm. There are also a number of charity based initiatives that you can get involved in at the firm. One of the firm’s chosen charities is the Albert Kennedy Trust and I recently did a 10k run with a couple of colleagues from our HR team to raise money for that charity.
What do you enjoy the most about working at Linklaters?
I think the thing that I enjoy most about working for Linklaters and one of the things that’s really kept me motivated and really passionate about working here is the fact that actually I do something different pretty much every day, so despite the fact that I’m now a Partner we’re still doing new things, cutting edge deals, new experiences, new challenges from clients and getting to work with, really, a fantastic team of people and dealing with those challenges is the reason why I love it here.
Partner, Restructuring and Insolvency group
- What is your role at Linklaters?
- What work do you carry out in the R&I Group?
- What makes Linklaters different from other firms?
- How are deal teams structured?
- What else can you get involved in outside of transactions?
- What do you enjoy the most about working at Linklaters?