The Legal Cheek View
It’s easy to forget that one of the biggest names in global corporate law has only been around in its current form since 2010 – when London’s Lovells merged with Washington DC’s Hogan Hartson. At the time of the merger there was much speculation over what the new name would be, with Love Harts and HogLove the most memorable suggestions, but the firm sensibly settled on Hogan Lovells. The combined megafirm now has 49 offices in 26 different countries, including a substantial presence in South America and Asia as well as Europe and the US.
Offering one of the best combinations of scale and quality outside the magic circle – with revenue last year of a whopping £1.27 billion and profit per equity partner at £870,000 – Hogan Lovells specialises in about every practice area you can imagine. This is particularly attractive to students in that it allows them to keep their options open while training and then qualify into a first rate team. There are also opportunities for international secondments across a wide range of offices. Current trainees have spent time in Dubai, Hong Kong, Washington DC and South Africa, among other locations.
In addition, Hogan Lovells also has one of the leading pro bono and corporate social responsibility operations in the City, with a wide variety of clients including the British Paralympic Association.
Junior fee-earning work varies widely, but as you would expect at an elite outfit like this the adminy tasks are interspersed with more challenging assignments. One insider sums up the situation: “This can vary massively – litigation seats can become bundlemania but equally can give rise to opportunities to draft research notes and witness statements. It depends on the team and partners that you are working for.”
Levels of responsibility increase sharply in the associate ranks, with Hogan Lovells boasting a good reputation for promoting its own to partner level.
Meanwhile, the office is one of City law’s more impressive workplaces – and boasts that much-desired feature: an in-house gym (which is apparently pretty good). There is a canteen, too, which is acclaimed for its excellent desserts, and the firm’s meeting rooms are stocked with some of the most delicious cookies in legal London.