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Live your ambition at Linklaters. Whatever career goals you have, as one of the world’s most prestigious law firms, we can help you to achieve them. We’re committed to maximising potential in all of our people. So, we’ll give you a training contract that plays to your strengths, plus a wealth of dedicated support – allowing you to develop a long and rewarding career in law.

Linklaters is the only firm to have market-leading teams across the globe covering a full range of practice areas. This, combined with the breadth of our client base (including leading financial institutions, governments and high-profile companies), sets us apart from our competitors. Our lawyers work on the most high-profile and complex work and are recognised as being leaders in their areas of practice.

Each year, we offer around 110 training contracts to people from a range of subject disciplines and backgrounds who are talented, motivated and expect a lot from themselves. What they all have in common is a desire to achieve their full potential through a career in commercial law. In return, we offer a wealth of opportunity, entrepreneurial freedom and incredible rewards.

You can find out more by spending time with us on one of our insight programmes or on a vacation scheme. To find out which programme is most suitable for you, please visit our website www.linklatersgraduates.co.uk

Please visit our events page http://www.linklatersgraduates.co.uk/events to keep up to date with the different and exciting events we are running.

Our commitment

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 and arenas in which we work. One of our 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 have been putting a great deal of effort into attracting and retaining 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 at the following website.

Disability

One of our 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. This includes those who have a disability or long term health condition.

Linklaters supports programmes that raise awareness on the subject of disability and the workplace. For the last two years we have participated in OPEN careers event and are members of the Graduate Recruiters Disability Cafe Club. 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, through our London Litigation Department, to assist with the provision of free legal advice to people with disabilities.

During the recruitment process

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, or if they are needed, we will work with you to establish the most suitable adjustments at each stage of the recruitment process and beyond.

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 inform us of any extenuating circumstances that are relevant for us to consider when reviewing your application.

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

Upon gaining employment

Where necessary the HR department may refer you to Occupational Health or the Health and Safety team who work closely to identify any adjustments required for each individual and will endeavour to ensure that any reasonable adjustments are made to meet your needs.

Financial concerns

The cost of any reasonable adjustments required for you to carry out your work will be met by the firm and where necessary we are able to investigate if an individual is entitled to additional financial support by external organisations.

Adjustments

There are a number of adjustments that can be made to meet each individuals needs. We work to best practice by offering workstation assessments for staff to ensure their comfort and safety and will ensure that all reasonable adjustments are implemented.

Our disclosure policy / Point of contact for disclosure and implementing adjustments

The firm does not operate a policy on disclosing disabilities. We encourage individuals to disclose whether they consider themselves to have a disability at the recruitment stage, and to liaise with their relevant HR contact about any assistance that might be needed. We also regularly ask people to complete a diversity questionnaire on an anonymous basis to ensure that our statistics are up to date.

Both our Occupational Health and Health & Safety functions operate an ‘open door’ policy whereby any of our employees can speak to a member of the team and discuss any concerns that they may have. If there is anything further needed, they will liaise with the relevant HR contact and the individual to arrange any reasonable adjustments. We also have GPs available onsite for further support who are able to liaise with Occupational Health/Health & Safety and/or HR with the permission of the individual.

We also have AXA PPP health cover that is available to all (as a taxable benefit) which covers pre-existing medical conditions, and an Income Protection benefit that insures individuals should they become too ill to work.

Confidentiality

The Health and Safety team record any adjustments that are made for an individual and all workstation assessments carried out. All information is treated in the strictest confidence by our Health and Safety, Occupational Health and HR teams.