The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Hogan Lovells has more than 2,500 lawyers based in 26 countries, and counts corporations, financial institutions and governments among its client base. The firm is highly regarded for its dispute resolution, IP, projects and real estate capabilities. Hogan Lovells secured an impressive three nominations for the Legal Business Awards 2016, in the Restructuring, Dispute Resolution and Real Estate Team of the Year categories.
The star performers
Acquisition finance; Asset finance and leasing; Aviation; Bank lending – investment grade debt and syndicated loans; Commodities: derivatives; Corporate restructuring and insolvency; Debt capital markets; Derivatives and structured products; Emerging markets; Employee share schemes; Health and safety; High yield; Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP); Islamic finance; Mining and minerals; Oil and gas; Pensions dispute resolution; Rail; Securitisation; Trade finance.
Advised Vietnam Airlines on its debut $580m financing of four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft provided by Exportimport Bank of the United States; acted for Natixis and ING on the provision of a $530m pre-export facility to Uralkali; advised AlixPartners as administrators and a syndicate of lenders on the asset sale of the Parabis Group; acted for BNP Paribas on its €20bn secured structured products programme; advised Volkswagen Financial Services on its £10bn securitisation programme and the £350m Driver UK deal.
Barclays; Citibank; eBay; Honeywell; London Metal Exchange; News Corporation; Pakistan International Airline; SABMiller; Santander; Virgin Media.
Trainees describe Hogan Lovells as operating at the ‘top of the market’ and a ‘great alternative to the Magic Circle’ because of its enviable ‘international presence’ and ‘friendly atmosphere’. Several trainees were ‘greatly influenced’ by enjoyable vacation schemes at the firm through which they discovered an ‘inclusive working environment’. There is a ‘diverse range of legal departments’, from energy to real estate, which gives trainees the ‘opportunity to try out different areas of the law before qualifying’. Trainee highlights include ‘completing a deal and seeing it make the FT’ and ‘being the main point of contact for one start-up client and helping them to establish their business’. The ‘inevitable grunt work’ of ‘bundling under time pressure’ and ‘working late – whether that is all-nighters or weekends’ can create ‘stressful moments in some seats’. But overall the firm has a ‘human approach’ to working hours and there is ‘no face-time culture, if you are busy you stay late and if you are not then you can go home’. This is a ‘supportive culture’ where everyone wants to ‘encourage and help’ trainees to succeed, and the firm has an ‘ongoing commitment to improving diversity and wellbeing, listening to staff and what makes them tick’. Current trainees loved their international seats including in Hong Kong, reporting it was both a ‘very rewarding’ and ‘fantastically different’ working experience. The firm is a double Lex 100 Winner for international secondments and remuneration satisfaction. Keep Hogan Lovells in mind if you are looking for ‘high-quality work’ in the City and a ‘broad range of clients’.
A day in the life of...
Joshua Reynolds second-seat trainee solicitor, Hogan Lovells
Departments to date: Financial institutions, corporate litigation, investigations, contentious insolvency and fraud
University:University of Birmingham
Degree:Law with French, 2(1)
7.45am: I get in promptly so that I can spend 45 minutes or so in the firm’s in-house gym. Starting my day this way means that I am fully awake and ready to go once I am at my desk.
9.15am: I check my emails and catch up with my supervisor about where we are with an internal investigation we have been working on for a client in the publishing industry. The client had contacted us in light of allegations that a group of its employees had pirated the client’s products and sold them to customers for personal profit. My main role in the investigation has been to gather evidence of impropriety by looking through the employees’ email correspondence with each other and third parties. I start to notice a pattern of emails with large attachments going to random email addresses. The attachments look like cheap knock-offs of some of the client’s publications. I flag this to my supervisor who commends me for spotting the trend. We set up a call with the client to discuss this development.
10.00am: I have a meeting on the top floor of the office with a pro bono client, who I will be representing next week at a hearing. The government recently deemed her ineligible for Employment Support Allowance, a benefit which she has been claiming for over a decade. I spend a couple of hours with her, gathering the information I need so that I can write up my submissions to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. Hogan Lovells strongly encourages trainee involvement in pro bono work. Apart from helping the firm to give back to the community and promote good citizenship, pro bono work gives trainees the opportunity to lead their own matters and gain invaluable experience of building and maintaining client relationships.
12.30pm: A number of our trainee intake have become connoisseurs of the many Mexican lunch venues around Holborn, so we take the opportunity to get out into the summer sun whenever we can and eat together in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
1.30pm: I join the client call with my supervisor and the partner on the matter. The client’s MD mentions how he has recently come into possession of two of the pirated materials. The partner asks him to describe these and it quickly becomes clear that these texts are the same as those which were being distributed on the emails I had seen. The partner moves the phone in my direction and allows me to explain my earlier findings to the client.
2.30pm: I make a start on drafting a report for the client summarising the evidence we have gathered and potential next steps.
3.30pm: An associate asks me to do some urgent research into an area of law I am unfamiliar with. I know all of the other trainees in the department are busy on other matters, so I ask my supervisor if finishing the report to the client on the piracy issue can wait until later. He says it can. Managing your time and the expectations of your clients and colleagues is a key skill for any trainee.
5.30pm: Having consulted hard copy and online sources, I revert back to the associate with my research. I know I have nearly finished my report, so I spend the rest of my day getting it done so that my desk is clear for tomorrow morning.
7.00pm: On my way out of the office I pop my head into a fellow trainee’s office. He is done for the day too, so we head down to the firm’s wine bar for a drink.
About the firm
Address:Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FG
Telephone: 020 7296 2000
Fax:020 7296 2001
Chair : Nicholas Cheffings
CEO : Steve Immelt
Deputy CEO : David Hudd
Other offices: Alicante, Amsterdam, Baltimore, Beijing, Brussels, Budapest, Caracas, Colorado Springs, Denver, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Jeddah, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Minneapolis, Monterrey, Moscow, Munich, New York, Northern Virginia, Paris, Perth, Philadelphia, Riyadh, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, Warsaw and Zagreb.
Who we are: A practical, straight-talking approach to law. Open, honest and deep relationships with clients. Training that keeps on evolving. A global community where everyone is on the same wavelength – but always encouraged to be themselves. All of this gives Hogan Lovells a different dynamic to other global law firms.
What we do: The firm has a reputation not just for the consistently high quality of its 2,500 lawyers, but also for its sense of community. The network of 45 global offices collaborates closely and constructively. Together, our teams of corporate, finance, dispute resolution, government regulatory and intellectual property lawyers tackle some of the most intricate legal and commercial issues that businesses face.
What we are looking for: High-calibre candidates who can demonstrate strong academic and intellectual ability, ambition, resilience, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a professional, commercial attitude.
What you'll do:Six months in four different practice areas, including corporate, finance and litigation. In the second year, there is the option to go on a client or international secondment.
Perks: Benefits include: 25 days’ holiday, private medical insurance, life assurance, private health insurance, season ticket loan, in-house gym, subsidised staff restaurant, access to a dentist, doctor and physiotherapist, discounts at local retailers.
Facts and figures
First year: £43,000
Second year: £48,000
Newly qualified: £71,500
Total partners: Over 800
Other fee-earners:Over 2,500
When to Apply:Non-law by 31 January 2017, law by 30 June 2017.
27 March-7 April 2017.
19 June-7 July 2017 and 17 July-4 August 2017.