How do international law firm operate ?? Watch
E.g linklaters law firm is in the UK but also in USA.So does that mean that lawyers who are from UK and work for linklaters can work also for linklaters but in USA for like corporate/international law kind of thing,like a business trip or something hahahahahahha.Or there isn’t such a thing and only USA lawyers would work in USA linklaters and UK lawyers would only work for UK linklaters ??
Generally, lawyers aren't qualified to work in other jurisdictions. So an E&W-qualified lawyer may want to work in the US office of Linklaters, but US law won't let them until they fulfil the local qualification requirements (a law degree + passing the state bar exam).
With that being said, where cross-qualification is easy (e.g. E&W --> AUS), you do see some lawyers asking to be moved back home. They try to plan it in advance so that their practice areas are in demand across both offices. Hell, I know of people who have gone from NRF London to NRF Piraeus and other exotic/rare locations.
Most firms do secondments where you're allowed to help out with issues of English law, or do basic tasks that don't require knowledge or qualification in the local law. But these only last six months, and are often used by the firm to develop better relations across offices or with 'best friend' firms. A lot of international firms (particularly US-headquartered ones) also do big global training events, where they invite trainees from all of their offices to a central location (e.g. Jones Day does Washington every year, Milbank has a training thing with Harvard)
International law firms did not arise because of the need to give their lawyers more flexibility to work where they wanted. Most lawyers are very immobile, and become increasingly so as they grow older. Law firms want an office in major client jurisdictions for other reasons.