Diversity and inclusion

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer and we do not tolerate discrimination in any form. We want to make sure that we attract talent from the widest possible pool.

Being a global organisation means much more than having offices around the world. If we are to be the leading global law firm, we have to have a team that reflects the cultures and values of the communities in which we work. One of our strategic priorities is to create a truly inclusive culture. Our goal is to foster a working environment in which individual differences are respected and valued, and everyone has the opportunity to excel. We strive to attract and retain a diverse mix of people from a variety of different backgrounds, although we know that there is still much work to be done. We publish our diversity statistics, which can be accessed here.

In April 2014, we were delighted to be named as one of the Top 50 Employers for Women in research conducted by The Times and Opportunity Now. In 2014, we also became the first ever firm to achieve the National Equality Standard.

London diversity networks

Our staff network groups provide opportunities for people at Linklaters with common interests to get together. The nine diversity networks we have in the London office organise social activities and enable people to network and identify role models and mentors.

Each network is open to everyone within the firm – allowing all our people the opportunity to share views on diversity and the forum to implement change. If anyone feels there’s a group that hasn’t been represented, they’re encouraged to set one up.
Our current London networks are:

  • Women@Linklaters
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) Network  and Linklaters Ally Programme
  • Belief@Linklaters consisting of four distinct faith groups:  Christian Fellowship, Hindu Forum, Islamic Society and the Jewish Forum
  • Family & Carers Network

Examples of recent network activities include:

  • A series of employee and client-focused events profiling ’Inspiring Women’ from the field of business, law and politics, including Karren Brady and Lady Justice Hallett.
  • An extremely successful ‘Inspired to Succeed’ speaker series hosted by the Linklaters BAME Network, in association with the City branch of the Black Solicitors Network.
  • A mentoring programme organised by the LGBT Network and a charity 10km run for the Albert Kennedy Trust.
  • An international Women’s Day event, in conjunction with the Jewish Forum, with guest speaker Gena Turgel MBE on her experiences during the Holocaust.
  • A range of practical and informative seminars on topics such as childcare, bullying and dementia, for the members of the Family & Carers Network.

Social mobility

Linklaters supports schemes that aim to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background, has the same access to a career in law. Together with 22 other law firms, in September 2011 we launched PRIME – a UK profession-wide initiative that aims to give fair access to quality work experience for young people from less privileged backgrounds. We’re working hard in this area and were recently awarded a 'Big Tick' as part of the prestigious Responsible Business Awards 2014 for our Realising Potential programme. We appreciate that applicants come from a variety of backgrounds, so if there is any additional information or circumstances that you think we should know about when reviewing your application, please ensure you include this on your online form.
To read about PRIME and other programmes we sponsor and support, please follow the links below:

We also support the development of employability skills through our community investment activities. We are helping to raise literacy and employability levels amongst children in over 40 Hackney schools through ‘Linking Work With Learning’. This community investment programme is the first community investment programme designed to develop employability skills in all schools in one London borough: a unique partnership between Linklaters and Hackney. More directly linked to our legal expertise, we also provide free legal advice to the parents of children with special educational needs in conjunction with The Independent Panel for Special Education Advice (IPSEA).

In 2014, we were nominated as one of 12 Social Mobility Compact Champions in the UK, a recognition by the government of our efforts to ensure that young people have a better chance of success within the job market. 

Disability

One of our strategic priorities within the firm is to create a truly inclusive culture. Our goal is to foster a working environment in which individual differences are respected and valued, and everyone has the opportunity to excel. This includes those who have a disability or a long-term health condition.

Linklaters supports programmes that raise awareness on the subject of disability and the workplace. For the last four years, we have participated in the OPEN careers event and are members of the Graduate Recruiters Disability Café Club. We are featured on www.greatwithdisability.com. As part of our corporate social responsibility activities, we have built up a relationship with the Disability Law Service and have provided secondees as well as regular volunteers to help deliver free legal advice to people with disabilities. If you consider yourself to have a disability, you should feel confident to disclose this at any point during the recruitment process. There may not be the need to disclose your actual disability as long as we can provide the right level of support based on the information you give us. If you are not sure what adjustments you require, we will work with you to establish the most suitable adjustments at each stage of the recruitment process and beyond. One candidate who took part in our selection process made the following comment about his experience:

"Linklaters was one of the easiest and most straightforward firms to deal with when it came to extra-time for tests... which eliminated any fear I had... In comparison to many other firms they were also by far one of the friendliest!"

If you would like to talk to a member of the Graduate Recruitment Team in relation to any queries you may have on disability or long-term health issues, including any requirements you may have in respect of our application process, please email graduate.recruitment@linklaters.com and we will arrange a time to contact you. Please note that our online application forms include a section in which you can tell us of any extenuating circumstances that we should consider when reviewing your application.

If you have questions that you would prefer to raise with someone outside Linklaters, please contact Helen Cooke at My+ Consulting on 01753 360 018 or at info@myplusconsulting.com.

Health and wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of our people is recognised as a critical business issue for the firm globally. Creating a working environment that supports and encourages good health and wellbeing is a key part of delivering on our promises to our people.

A comprehensive programme, promoted across the firm, ensures that all our employees have access to a range of resources designed to encourage each individual to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and recognise the signs of ill health. Each month focuses on to a new topic of wellbeing: from nutrition to stress, personal safety to exercise.

In October 2013, Linklaters was a founding member of the City Mental Health Alliance and continues to promote discussion and openness within the firm.