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Linklaters to relocate London HQ

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Two minute walk from current Silk Street site

What the new building on 20 Ropemaker Street will look like once complete

Linklaters has put pen to paper on a lease deal that will see it ditch its Silk Street HQ in favour of a brand new office building around the corner.

The magic circle outfit confirmed it will occupy 14 floors (roughly 300,000 sqft) of the 27-storey stone building on 20 Ropemaker Street, Moorgate, from 2026.

The new digs, scheduled for completion towards the end of 2022, will boast not one, but two roof terraces, an auditorium and a Links-branded reception. It is located just a two minute walk from the firm’s current Silk Street office, which scored an A in our latest Junior Lawyer Survey and where it has been based since 1996.

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“This is an exciting moment in the long history of Linklaters and represents an important step into our future”, Gideon Moore, firmwide managing partner, said. “Throughout the selection process, what has been clear to us is the value that our people place on the environment in which they work and the extraordinary benefits that 20 Ropemaker, built by a developer committed to achieving the highest standards and carefully designed to meet our requirements, will bring to the firm and to our clients.”.

YouTube heavyweight turned Links trainee Eve Cornwall recently gave her fans an “unfiltered” tour of the firm’s current office, taking in the on-site gym, coffee on tap and pick-and-mix counter.

Another firm on the move is fellow magic circle player Freshfields, which is due to take over around 300,000 sqft of office space at 100 Bishopsgate later this year.

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24 Comments

Anonymous

YouTube heavyweight turned Links trainee Eve Cornwall lmaoo

Eve C Fan

Dont disrispeck my gal eve

Anon

Considering Barbican is a sh*thole, I think this is a positive move

Anon

You do know it is literally round the corner, right?

Anon

On what planet is the Barbican a shithole you muppet?

Anon

Earth, cock.

Anon

You are probably the sort of person who thinks these generic glass blocks popping up all over the city are in any way original or attractive. Muppet.

Anon

So what if I do? What does it matter to you? Get out of my face and business. Ass hole.

CMS 4th Seat Trainee

Agree, Barbican is terrible, nowhere to park my lambo.

Doc Schwartz

Trumpenkrieg, is that you?

Addleshaw Debt Finance NQ MegaLad Lever-Up

By Lambo you surely mean Ford Fiesta

Chippy from Tunbridge Wells

@CMS 4th Seat Trainee – your chat might be more funny if CMS were actually based in Barbican. Don’t think they have been based there for something like 5 years now…

Barbiecaan

You do know the Barbican has hundreds of parking spaces? As do the luxury residential towers on its corners ! It’s full of expensive cars.

Anon

300,000 sqft? From what I remember of their offices that’s a sizeable decrease in floor space. They must be going (at least partially) open plan. Joining freshfields in the downsizing movement.

Imagine busting your ass to get into the best universities, forcing yourself to keep going so you can get high grades throughout the degree; absolutely nailing assessment days and vac schemes all to get an offer from one of the leading legal brands in the world, only to experience the glamour of a 1500 person call centre?? “I work in the MC but I have the same IKEA desks as the drones at BLM and DWF”. Private practice is circling the drain.

anon

Don’t worry, Links won’t be alone: SPB is going full open-plan once it moves offices this year. It’s gonna be biblical

???

Freshfields isn’t going open plan. Get your facts straight.

Anon

That’s what the news release said when they initially picked up the 100 bishopsgate tower lease. Did they back pedal? If they did, guaranteed there will still be hundreds of floor support in open plan.

Truth

I know that “Imagine the frothing mainstream media rage if Corbyn had done this” is a tired genre, but let’s consider it one more time.

Imagine Corbyn had won the election and then forced his finance minister to resign by pressuring him to sack his advisers at the behest of some shady unelected yet all-powerful adviser.

What’s more the departing finance minister is then replaced by an inexperienced novice with less than a month to go before his government’s first budget.

The mainstream media would obviously be shrieking and howling about the tyranny of it, and the reckless incompetence of leaving the financial budget of the entire nation in the hands of a rookie.

And then there’s the promotion of Suella Braveman to Attorney General to consider too.

Just days ago this far-right ideological fanatic was openly fantasising about disempowering the UK courts in order to make the government all powerful, and unaccountable to the rule of law, now she’s been put in charge of the courts that she wants to neuter.

Imagine if Corbyn had found someone so far to the authoritarian hard-left that they wanted to destroy the power of the courts to prevent government illegality, then put them in charge of the legal system.

The mainstream media would be in all out attack mode (and rightly so), but for some reason Johnson/Cummings regime gets a free pass on behaviour Corbyn would be absolutely dragged for.

The reason behind this disparity is that the establishment of a lawless and unaccountable hard-right tyranny is exactly what billionaire press barons like Murdoch, Harmsworth, and the weirdo Barclay brothers have always wanted, and anyone working for their publications who dared to openly resist would quite clearly be endangering their jobs, their incomes, their living standards, and their future employment prospects.

Autocrats aren’t solely supported into positions of absolute power by the ideological fanatics who adore them and their dangerous ideas, a huge amount of the legwork is done by people who are well aware that the direction of travel is profoundly disturbing, but refuse to object for the sake of their own careers.

The mainstream media hacks who remain silent about Johnson and Cummings ideological fanaticism when they would have been shrieking and howling had Corbyn done anything even a fraction as extreme, they’re every bit as bad as the hard-right ideological fanatics who are cheerleading this march to the ideological extreme-right.

In fact it’s arguable that they’re even worse.

The militant hard-right fanatics are so blinded by their ideology that they simply refuse to even consider the dangers of ideological purges conducted by dictatorial unelected advisers, and overt attacks on the power of the courts to ensure the government respects the rule of law.

The ones who would be screeching their outrage had Corbyn done anything a fraction as bad can see exactly how bad it is, but they’re choosing to remain silent for the sake of their own personal comfort.

In their grim amoral calculus, the looming horrors of unelected dictatorship and lawless unaccountable government being classified as “prices worth paying” in return for maintaining their six/seven figure salaries, fame, and social standing.

The selfish, hypocritical, mercenary bastards.

A

Take this cut and paste rant to somewhere where it is a) relevant and b) the readers might give a fuck.

toke toke toke

Bruh…u high ? Pass me d blunt

Esward Woodward

BUT DOES IT HAVE PARTNER LUNCH ROOMS?

Seyfarth Shaw titan

Lower tier firms are encroaching… •sighs•

Anon

I just saw Linklaters LinkedIn post about this. It said there will be “flexible working space”. This almost certainly means open plan hot desking will be at least partially in place. Have fun, drones!

It’s gonna be a bloodbath watching MC juniors fight for a spot within a sight line of a window haha.

Anon

There’s a pilot going on later this year to trial different types of work space.

Remember that a considerable proportion of law firms’ total floor area is not used by the practice, and so “flexible working space” doesn’t necessarily apply to lawyers (or to all lawyers), it tends to be very suitable for support functions (marketing / IT / finance / partnership admin etc.).

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