Age is no barrier at Linklaters

Lastly, here is a victory for youth (not that we are ageist). Linklatersnew managing partner Simon Davies is all of 39, making him the youngest managing partner ever of a magic circle firm. Daviess accession to the top job means that Linklaters has skipped a generation. And he will still be around way after you have qualified.

He is a corporate partner who cut his teeth in Hong Kong, so he has a good grasp of what globalisation means for law firms. But do not expect radical change at Linklaters. Last year average profit per partner was more than 1m. As they say, if it aint broke