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Hogan Lovells keeps 27 out of 28 qualifying trainees in London

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One of the retained rookies is on a fixed term contract

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The London office of global law firm Hogan Lovells has posted its autumn retention score.

Of the 28 soon-to-be associates due to qualify this autumn, 27 have been offered places to stick around, of which all were accepted. One of those places is a fixed term contract. This hands Hogan Lovells a score of 96% or 93%, depending on how you slice the numbers.

Hogan Lovells said its corporate team will receive ten NQs, while litigation, arbitration and employment (which is one department) will gain eight. Six are heading to finance, two to competition/government regulatory, and one to the firm’s intellectual property team.

The firm also revealed its first-ever Birmingham trainee retention rate. Having launched its West Midlands outpost in 2014 and took on its first trainees two years later, Hogan Lovells confirmed a perfect score of 100% (2 out of 2). One newbie joins the Birmingham corporate team, while the other starts life as a lawyer in the firm’s real estate practise.

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The 49-office global megafirm is one of the City’s more consistent retention performers. In the previous three rounds, it has posted results of 78% (25 out of 32), 80% (24 out of 30) and 79% (23 out of 29).

In terms of cold hard cash, Legal Cheek’s Firm’s Most List shows Hogan Lovells’ London lot receive a salary of £78,000. Trainees currently earn £45,000 in year one, rising to £50,000 in year two.

Turning to Hogan Lovells’ performance in our Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, the firm scored A’s across the board and was highly commended in the ‘Most Admired Law Firm’ category at our glitzy awards ceremony earlier this year. The results from the new Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Survey 2018-19 will be revealed next month.

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41 Comments

Anonymous

£75,000!!

For a young person in their twenties, this is more than enough! That’s three times the median wage!!!

We need socialism, now!! Redistribute this greed! Let this surplus wage go towards the NHS, and for the salaries of teachers and nurses!

VOTE CORBYN! FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW!!!

Anonymous

You’re getting rather tedious.

Anonymous

“getting”?

Steven Seagull

So all Labour MPs will guarantee to earn no more than £75,000 a year – in total and from all income sources? For the rest of their lives?

Great.

Anonymous

‘For a young person in their twenties’

So no.

Anonymous

So are you gonna give up any wage over the median to these causes? so generous of you…

Anonymous

Any news on NQ salary raises at Clyde & Co?

Ex Clyde trainee

Still around 63k I think. Peanuts.

Anonymous

Where did you end up moving, ex-Clyde trainee?

Anonymous

An upgrade to RPC or DACB within the insurance world I’m guessing? Money would only be ~ £5k higher, but much better work and career prospects these days. Clydes have really dropped off a cliff. Doesn’t surprise me with what they pay.

Ex Clyde trainee

Apologies for the delay. I had to change my underwear because I soiled myself with laughter when you suggested RPC was an upgrade.

Anonymous

Massive upgrade. RPC are a decent firm. Fair enough it is smaller, but RPC isn’t trying to become a behemoth – it just targets high quality and profitable work. Compare to to Clydes’ lovely collection of regional offices in the UK and some ‘associated offices’ and bare-bone outposts abroad that paints the picture that it is bigger than it actually is. Doesn’t change the face it is a sh*te place to work.

Baffled

Why are you trying to claim that RPC is a solid city firm??

Anonymous

I wouldn’t describe them as a ‘city firm’. They are based in London because that is where the market is. They are not a big firm, but they do good quality, specialised work.

Anonymous

RPC is largely Bristol based and using London telephone numbers to try and claim City rates.

Anonymous

Pretty sure their London office is over 3 times the size of their Bristol office. Can the same be said about Clydes’ London to regions ratio?

Anonymous

LOL at Alex’s trolls promoting his sponsor firm.

Anonymous

Hey I actually enjoy working there.

Anonymous

What does K&L Gates pay these days at NQ? Still 71k?

Anonymous

I believe it’s up to £100k now.

K&L Gates NQ

Wrong, it’s $190k actually, matching Cravath.

Anonymous

Seriously?

There’s not been any announcements that K&L Gates are matching Cravath scale.

Anonymous

Learn 2 reed, dong

Anonymous

According to colleague who trained and worked there after up to early PQE, it’s a crap firm with a bit of a shouty, cog in big machine culture.

Anonymous

I’ve heard the opposite

Anonymous

That’s been its reputation for years though along with Herbies. They say it because it’s true.

HSF future trainee

I’ve heard Hogan Lovells is a good outfit to work at. Great office, free in house gym, NQ pay at a respectable if not sightly below par 75k, very high quality work (your an idiot if you deny it) and international network with secondment opportunities. The 96% retention rate is promising too.

Anonymous

2/10, try harder.

Anonymous

Herbies is a shop chock-full of absolute turbokhunts. HogLove is bad, but doesn’t even come close.

HSF future trainee

Expand?

Anonymous

Hogan Lovells has a serious problem with its massive, massive overgrown business services function, staffed with ridiculous, self important jobs worths. The HR has literally built a state with a state for themselves there. The culture is poor and poisoned with ridiculous “feel-good” initiatives, buzz words and corporate puff. Oh and the partners are just space drivers.

Anonymous

They have cut many many business services jobs and sent others to Birmingham and Louisville Kentucky. So it’s no longer that big. And if it’s so bad how did it get all A’s in the legal cheek trainee survey?

HSF > HL

Because the survey doesn’t cover, explicitly or implicitly, the perceived value for money that business services offer.

Also
>imagine referring to the LC trainee survey for anything

Anonymous

They have dealt with the BS issue. HSF is slightly better than HL but not much

Anonymous

Any news on Addleshaws pay rises?

Anonymous

What’s the bonus policy at HL?

Anonymous

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

No.

Asking for a mate

IM?

Anonymous

Your mate’s f*cked

Anonymous

Name and shame the one person who was not kept on.

1 out of 28 qualifying trainees in London

Sucks to be me.

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