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Linklaters LLP

Equal opportunities and diversity

United, not uniform
People, not offices, define a global organisation. 

Our focus is on attracting, recruiting and retaining the very best talent from all walks of life, regardless of background. And we nurture a working environment where difference is valued.

Why do we do this?

Not just to reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate, but to foster an environment that reduces ‘groupthink’ – the phenomenon of everybody thinking and acting the same because they’re from similar backgrounds. 

We seek to deliver the most innovative, effective and relevant solutions to our clients’ greatest business challenges. Diversity is the key to unleashing the creativity we need to meet those challenges head on. 

We want to harness the energy and inspiration that comes from a diversity of thought, because it’s this that will help us to remain agile and stay one step ahead in an ever-changing environment. 

And that’s why we're proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

What does this mean?

Simply put, we won't tolerate discrimination in any guise. 

As a first step, however, we recruit people on merit – irrespective of gender, race or ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or socioeconomic background. 

Our selection criteria and tests simply focus on your ability to do the job. And our colleagues who are responsible for recruitment are trained to understand and challenge bias. 

We actively support candidates and colleagues from diverse backgrounds , investing in schemes that level the playing field and give everyone an equal access to a career with us. We're delighted to have been named a Top 20 Social Mobility Index firm in the UK, a Top 50 Employer for Women by The Times and Opportunity Now, a Stonewall Top 100 Employer – and we’re thrilled to be the first firm to achieve the National Equality Standard. 

As an additional step, we try to ensure that everyone who joins the firm is able to bring their whole self to work and we support this by ensuring that our people learn about the experiences that may influence others’ differing outlook or approach. That’s why, here in the UK, we run ten diversity networks for all our people. 

Thinking about applying for a role with us but would like to talk to someone from the firm about an aspect of diversity which is important to you? Get in touch with us by email to arrange a chat. 

Do you have a disability that requires reasonable adjustments to be made as part of the selection process? We understand this is personal and complex. Please talk to the recruitment contact who invited you to meet us, so we can make the changes you require in plenty of time.

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