Linklaters can trace its roots back to 1838.
In the 1970s we expanded beyond our London origins and started to develop a network of overseas offices; our New York office opened in 1972. Then in the early 1990s deregulation opened up the markets and globalization really took off. We had to decide if we were going to remain a UK-focused firm operating in English law in the UK market, or become a global player aligned with the world's major companies and financial institutions. In 1995 our U.S. practice was launched with the hiring of our first U.S.-qualified partner, and in 1996 we made the decision to go global and created an alliance with other leading firms in Europe called Linklaters & Alliance.
Our first merger happened in 2001 and we tripled in size within just 18 months. It was a phenomenal challenge but it allowed us to evolve as a true global player. Our latest expansion in the U.S. saw the opening of our Washington, D.C., office in 2012. We now have offices in 29 cities, with our global U.S. practice in 12 of those locations, from which we advise on multi-jurisdictional matters and transactions around the world. We’re leaders in Europe and Asia, and have a very strong and growing presence across the Americas, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
In Australia, we operate an alliance with Allens and together have an association with Widyawen & Partners in Indonesia. Our relationship in South Africa with Webber Wentzel complements and strengthens our pan-African offering, and we work closely with Talwar Thakore & Associates in India.
Our ambition is to be the number one global law firm. We do this by adhering to our values:
- Commercial judgment
This way of working has brought us to where we are today – building our reputation and capabilities, giving us access to the most interesting markets and deals, and allowing us to work with a range of high-profile clients across every sector. More than that though, it informs every aspect of our culture – influencing how we make business decisions and treat our people.