Linklaters in Amsterdam
The outlook is excellent - and not just for your career. The enviable location of our office in the WTC tower gives you an amazing view of the city of Amsterdam.
There are many special things to discover inside the office, too. We have designed an environment which makes concentrating on your career easy. Extensive facilities range from a dedicated client area to sit-stand desks, and from an in-house lunch room to office bikes.
Everything in the office is geared to helping you respond to our clients’ needs. But we recognise that you don’t always have to be here to do great work. That’s why we will help you work flexibly, and also remotely, if and when you need to.
You’ll hone a sharp mind here. But it’s just as important to look after your body. So in Amsterdam you can join the local gym, take part in summer boot camps and enjoy a massage in the office.
The atmosphere in our office is pure Linklaters. Just like any of our offices around the globe, you’ll find open office doors. Whatever your level, your voice will be listened to and you will make a valued contribution. The same is true of everyone. We trust all our colleagues, because each one is a brilliant individual - as you’ll soon discover.
No matter how senior or junior you are when you join us, you can make an impact here. That’s because we are a relatively new office. We are building our team. So everybody is open to hearing new ideas. And those ideas can be acted on quickly.
At Linklaters in Amsterdam, you will enjoy a warm welcome locally, and access to an equally welcoming international network. It all adds up to a hugely rewarding career.
We’re flexible to the ever-changing demands of our clients and our people. Crucially, we’re changing in response to the way they both want to work.
By offering flexibility to our colleagues, they’re more able to deliver a bespoke service our clients. Clients who are themselves increasingly working remotely and choosing their own hours.
One of our strengths is our ability to attract, retain and develop excellent talent from all walks of life. This reflects the rich diversity of our clients and communities. And our flexibility is one more thing that helps us to fulfil this promise.
We're committed to continuous professional development, through both formal and on-the-job learning. The Linklaters Law & Business School offers milestone programmes for every stage of your career, and it starts from the moment you join us as a Summer Associate, Legal Intern or advocaat-stagiair(e).
You'll develop your technical, commercial and management skills. You'll work with, and learn from, leading experts in their fields, all supported by training from the Linklaters Law & Business School. And in return, we'll expect you to seek out opportunities to learn every day, sharing your knowhow with colleagues. Because education is everyone's responsibility.
Practice Diploma Programme
Designed for your first four years as an Associate, this programme equips you with the knowledge to thrive in a changing global economy. It's made up of three core areas:
Global Technical Core Skills (GTCS)
First, is a foundation course. These modules provide the technical legal foundation you need while also introducing you to your chosen practice area.
Global Associate Core Skills (GACS)
GACS 1 is a two-day programme. You'll improve your self-awareness, find out how to manage yourself better, and become an ever-more effective communicator.
GACS 2 is held over three days. Here, the focus is on interaction with clients and colleagues. Topics include issue management and developing others, all under the overarching theme of exceptional client service.
To keep you engaged, a variety of learning methods are put to good use on both programmes. These include internal expert sessions, group discussion, case studies and even roleplays with professional actors. Elective programmes are offered too in areas such as presentation, delegation and influencing skills.
There is also, of course, specific knowledge you'll need that's relevant to your office, jurisdiction and practice. This programme covers the global and local technical training to fill those gaps.
The Managing Associate Diploma Programme
This is a structured training programme that will help you to build your client, business and commercial skills. In particular, it's designed to help you contribute effectively to our expertise as a global law firm. All Managing Associates attend a two-day development centre, where they focus on performance in their current role and get support to plan career progress. In addition, elective programmes are offered to support your individual development needs, ranging from business development to negotiation skills to performance coaching.
The Linklaters Leadership Programme
Over the past four years, almost 300 Partners have attended the Linklaters Leadership Programme – a five-day course run by professors from Harvard Business School. You'll analyse case studies on topics ranging from strategy to crisis management. On the way, you'll get to know what it takes to be a leader at Linklaters – and equip yourself with the skills you need.
We offer tailored programmes throughout a Partner's career. They address your specific needs at pivotal points, whether aiming for election, stepping up to broader responsibilities, considering a firm leadership position or supporting the development of other Partners.
Linklaters places great importance on the quality of our work, supporting clients, nurturing a positive culture and the global scope of our impact. And our secondments, both within Linklaters and with our clients, help us to live up to these values.
First, they help our people to develop their careers, expanding commercial knowledge and building relationships. In turn, the firm benefits through the sharing of best practice and resources, and optimising how we work based on the lessons we learn. And our clients benefit from the diverse team we're able to introduce them to.