There was further evidence of the recovery in the legal sector this week, as it was revealed that Linklaters has been on an Australasian recruitment blitz, resulting in 21 new hires for the UK giant.

UK firms seem to have a fascination with Australia and New Zealand. If they're not setting up shop in the area (and poaching a load of partners in the process), then they're going all out to lure talented lawyers from the two countries to the UK. After Slaughter and May's recent (and somewhat doubtful) recruitment attempts, Linklaters is the latest to get in on the act.

Four Links' partners jetted off to visit Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland to interview around 50 candidates, according to a report in the Lawyer. They targeted top firms, including Allens Arthur Robinson, Freehills, Mallesons and, in NZ, Russell McVeagh. And they found 16 Australians and five New Zealanders, the majority of whom will be heading to London, to bulk up the firm's banking and finance, corporate and litigation departments.

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A spokesman for the firm attributed the hires to "increasing client demand". Although any seers predicting that Links might be the next UK firm looking to open in Australia will be disappointed - the firm has made clear that it has no immediate Aussie aspirations.

So what can this squad of lawyers - swapping good coffee and beautiful beaches for warm beer and rain - expect from their new place of work? Well, Linklaters' lawyers have been known to get a bit worked up over leather trousers, have seen mistakes land them in the national press and aren't averse to posing for spreads in glossy celeb magazines. Enjoy!
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