He says Linklaters offers its busy lawyers emergency childcare, time off in lieu and even a concierge to go to their houses to “collect the washing machine or meet the plumber”.
Linklaters typifies the paradox confronting many leading law firms: profitability has risen 58 per cent over the past two years, but some of its lawyers below partner level are looking for more than merely a greater share of the spoils.
“What we are seeing is a much greater demand from ‘Generation Y’ for much greater flexibility in their lives ,” Mr Angel says. “It’s not just pressure for pay.”
Mr Angel reckons the proportion of junior lawyers who go on to become partners has fallen at most firms during the past decade. This is partly because it has become harder to be made a partner, and partly because more new recruits may not want to spend their entire careers in one place.