In one of the biggest recruitment coups of recent times Linklaters has hired 21 associates from Australia and New Zealand, just two years after it cut more than 200 jobs in London.
Four Linklaters partners travelled to Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland in March to interview some 50 lawyers at leading firms including Allens Arthur Robinson, Blake Dawson, Freehills and Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Australia, and Russell McVeagh in New Zealand.
They picked up 16 recruits from Australia and five from New Zealand. Of these, 13 are for the banking, capital markets and projects practices, seven for corporate and one for litigation.
The recruitment drive was focused on lawyers with the regional equivalent of between one and three years’ post-qualification experience.