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Patrick Ashby

One of the best for global training

I joined Linklaters primarily because of the international profile and the types of clients we repeatedly represent due to our reputation for handling complex, cross-border disputes. While here I have found that our training programs are better than those of many comparable firms. We have locally based in-house and external trainings, as well as global sessions that focus on core skills and give us the opportunity to network with our colleagues from other offices. It’s a great way to put faces to names and to build comradery with the people that you’re working with on a regular basis – whether they’re in London, Hong Kong, Paris or beyond.

Exciting and varied work

To succeed here, you need to be intellectually curious and have a global perspective. My work is pretty varied, which keeps it exciting. I have been heavily involved in global regulatory investigations, large-scale arbitrations, and litigations in federal and state courts of all levels. Compared to many of my peers from law school, I have had professional opportunities that are advanced for my level – from drafting substantive motions early in my career, to arguing those same motions more recently, to even arguing appeals before the Second Circuit.

Perhaps one of the more unique and, to me, appealing aspects of working at Linklaters is that the firm strongly embraces employee development opportunities with clients and within its global network. So, for example, in 2011 I spent seven months on secondment to the Royal Bank of Scotland in their U.S. headquarters. Opportunities such as these are invaluable for learning about your clients so that you can provide the best service possible. Similarly, in 2013 I was seconded to our Litigation practice in London, working in close coordination with our Financial Regulatory practice to help manage a very large and significant contentious regulatory investigation for one of the largest banks in Europe. From a client-relationship and development standpoint, to a professional networking and technical growth perspective, the opportunity was tremendous; not to mention that it afforded an unexpected opportunity to live in Europe for the better part of a year.

 

Working hard in good company

Another thing I enjoy about the firm is that there are a lot of genuine friendships amongst the people that work here. We have an open door policy, so you can talk to partners without feeling the need to set up a special appointment. Walking down the hallways you will see people interacting, both about their cases and about everyday things. Like at any firm doing work at this level, the lawyers here work hard, but it is also a very collegial environment. If you’re interested in not only working hard, but also in working collaboratively, you’ll do well here.

We have an open door policy, so you can talk to partners without feeling the need to set up a special appointment.