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 £1.27 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.

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Training Contracts

To commence February and August 2019

Applications close: 30 June 2017 (law students)

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Key Info

Training contracts 60
Latest trainee retention rate 79%
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

Quality of work
Peer support
Partner approach-ability
Work/life balance
Social life
Chances of secondment abroad

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.


Average arrival time 9:06am
Average leave time 7:22pm
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 £870,000
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £7,000


UK female associates 56%
UK female partners 24%
UK BME associates 15%
UK BME partners 3%

The Firm In Its Own Words