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Catherine Russ

Truly international experiences

I joined Linklaters because of the firm’s strong international reputation. I was interested in working abroad, and I got the feeling that it would happen a lot sooner here than anywhere else – and it did.

I spent my summer working with the teams in New York Antitrust and London Capital Markets. The summer was a great way to gain experience in practice areas that I knew I had an interest in, as well as exploring the possibility of working in different offices.

Building on my summer experience, I was seconded to the Hong Kong Capital Markets group for my second year, which was a great opportunity to work with our Hong Kong team and Asian clients. The work we do in the Hong Kong office is somewhat different from the work in the New York office, so I was exposed to different aspects of the Capital Markets practice.

Training to be part of the team

Working in Capital Markets has been a positive challenge, and I’ve had a lot of training that has equipped me to handle it. We have frequent in-house trainings and lunchtime seminars. I also went on a week-long training course in London during my first year. The training brought together junior Capital Markets associates from all over the world, and helped me to further build my internal network. So now, if I need support, I can reach out to colleagues in other offices who can provide legal advice from their jurisdiction.

I’m given responsibility and respect

I think Linklaters is a really good place to work. Even though it’s a big law firm, we’re a bit of a smaller office compared to some of the other firms in New York. For that reason, I feel like I have had more responsibility early on in my career. I also feel respected and really comfortable with the people I work with, including senior partners. I’ve never felt bad for asking ridiculous questions.

I feel respected and really comfortable with the people I work with, including senior partners.