Hogan Lovells

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 £1.53 billion and global profit per equity partner at nearly £1 million (the UK figure is £760,464) – 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 New York, Dubai, Hong Kong and Johannesburg, among other locations. Client secondments are fairly common too, with trainees spending time at the likes of Merck Sharp & Dohme, Prudential and Lloyds.

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Key Info

Training contracts 60
Latest trainee retention rate 80%
Offices 49
Countries 26
Minimum A-level requirement AAA
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Hogan Lovells does not set a minimum A-level requirement, but it does require a "strong academic record".

Insider Scorecard

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Insider Scorecard Grades range from A* to D and are derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18 of over 2,000 trainees and junior associates at the leading law firms in the UK.


Average arrival time 9:18am
Average leave time 7:40pm
Annual target hours 1,700
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £44,000
Second year trainee salary £49,000
Newly qualified salary £75,000
Profit per equity partner £760,464
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £7,000


UK female associates 53%
UK female partners 25%
UK BME associates 14%
UK BME partners 3%

Universities Current Trainees Attended

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