Vision & values

To achieve our own ambitions as a firm, as well as those of our people, we rely on a clear set of values and a strong future strategy.

Welcome from our Graduate Recruitment Partners

"We would like to assist you in deciding whether Linklaters is the right place for you to start your career."

"When asked why they enjoy working here, one of the attractions for our lawyers is that we do the most complex work for the world's most demanding clients. We are a truly global firm, operating across borders and time zones through an integrated approach that allows us to deliver a seamless service to our clients, which is of the highest quality. But more than that, our lawyers tell us that they enjoy working with great people. There is an incredible sense of teamwork at Linklaters. People like working here. We attract individuals from many different backgrounds but there is a strong sense of shared ambition that runs through the firm."

"The culture is based on teamwork and meritocracy. We work together to inspire confidence in colleagues and clients across the world. We like doing complex work and we enjoy solving problems. To be able to provide the highest level of expertise, we need to offer our people the best legal and commercial training. The spirit is enthusiastic, bold and entrepreneurial. A key part of our job, as Graduate Recruitment partners, is to convey that spirit to you. We hope you'll sense it in every contact you have with us – on campus, at interview or perhaps on a vacation scheme. We look forward to meeting you soon."

Richard Hodgson

Richard specialises in restructuring and insolvency matters, having worked in the field for over 10 years. He is particularly experienced in advising clients on situations where companies are, or are likely to become, subject to formal insolvency proceedings and, for example, he recently advised on the administration of HMV. Alongside being a Graduate Recruitment partner, Richard is Co-Chair of the firm's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) Network.

Tracey Lochhead

Tracey Lochhead is a partner in our Corporate practice, and advises on a wide range of corporate, corporate finance and commercial matters. Her main focus is on the Banking and Financial Institutions and Mining sectors. Tracey has been on secondment to the Royal Bank of Scotland and previously worked as a solicitor in New Zealand.  

Firm history

Linklaters can trace its roots back to 1838 and we have been a leading firm in the City of London pretty much ever since.

In the 1970s we started to develop a network of overseas offices. Then in the early 1990s deregulation opened up the markets and globalisation really took off. We had to decide if we were going to remain a UK-focused firm operating in English law in the UK market, or become a global player aligned with the world's major companies and financial institutions. In 1996 we made the decision to go global and created an alliance with other leading firms in Europe called Linklaters & Alliance.

Our first merger happened in 2001 and we tripled in size within just 18 months. It was a phenomenal challenge but it allowed us to evolve as a true global player. We’re now leaders in Europe and Asia and have a very strong presence across Eastern Europe and the Middle East. We have offices in 29 cities, from which we advise on multi-jurisdictional projects and transactions around the world.

In Australia, we operate an alliance with Allens and together have an association with Widyawen & Partners in Indonesia. Our relationship in South Africa with Webber Wentzel complements and strengthens our pan-African offering and we work closely with Talwar Thakore & Associates in India.

Our values

Our ambition is to be the number one global law firm. We do this by adhering to our values:

  • Excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Imagination
  • Determination
  • Commercial judgement
  • Integrity

This way of working has brought us to where we are today – building our reputation and capabilities, giving us access to the most interesting markets and deals, and allowing us to work with a range of high-profile clients across every sector. More than that though, it informs every aspect of our culture – influencing how we make business decisions and treat our people.