After scrutiny by the firm's audit committee on Monday 2 July, Linklaters was finally ready to reveal its year-end figures. See story.
And they're good, of course. Profit per equity partner is up by nearly 22 per cent to £1.29m. Meanwhile – as revealed by The Lawyer last month – turnover was up by 19.9 per cent to £1.12bn, a fraction behind Clifford Chance's figure of £1.19bn.
But Links managing partner Tony Angel nearly combusted when we asked whether he was disappointed not to have overtaken Clifford Chance.
"We don't care," he riposted. "We don't give a damn. We have no target in that respect at all."
“Our aim is to do the right kind of work for the right kind of client – we're not trying to be an accounting firm and grow the top line just like that. It's about getting the right profitability and doing the right kind of work for clients.”