The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Hogan Lovells is a truly international law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers based across six continents. The firm acts for corporations, financial institutions and governments, and is highly regarded for its dispute resolution, IP, projects and real estate practices. The firm was a joint winner of Real Estate Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2017.
The star performers
Administrative and public law; Banking litigation: investment and retail; Commercial contracts; Commercial litigation; Commercial property; Competition litigation; Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption); Data protection; EU and competition; Financial services; Fraud: civil; Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP); Insurance: insolvency and restructuring; Islamic finance; M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ Pensions; Private equity: transactions: Large-cap deal capability; Product liability: defendant; Property litigation; Trade finance.
Assisted Brown Forman with establishing an e-commerce platform for selling Jack Daniel's whiskey products online, directly to consumers; acting for Korean Air in High Court claims regarding the cargo cartel; advising The Crown Estate on devolving the management of its estate in Scotland to the Scottish Government; advised Hayfin Capital, Lloyds and Bank of Ireland on the senior term and revolving facilities used to facilitate Exponent Private Equity's acquisition of The Racing Post; advised Ascot on its $1.1bn sale by AIG to the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.
Air Canada; Ares Management; Barclays; Civil Aviation Authority; ExxonMobil; ICG; Mars; NATS; Prudential; Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance.
Renowned for its 'reputation as a friendly firm' and its 'transatlantic presence', Hogan Lovells boasts a 'significant finance practice' and a 'strength in litigation'. The 'comprehensive' training is very 'business/industry-focused' and trainees are 'given client responsibility throughout', allowing them to 'develop legal and non-legal skills early on'. Hogan Lovells has 'offices all around the world' with, in particular, a 'strong US presence'. Little wonder that the firm's international secondments are deserving of a Lex 100 Winner medal. One trainee waxed lyrical about their stint in the New York office: 'I absolutely loved it. I think I was able to experience six months of being an associate'. The 'engaging' vacation scheme also secured a Lex 100 Winner gong. There is an 'amicable, personable approach across the firm', with trainees applauding their 'understanding supervisors' and appreciating the fact that the firm really 'values the people who work there'. Three types of seats are compulsory during the Hogan Lovells training contract - finance, corporate and litigation. Some recruits identified this system as 'well-structured' and a 'definite plus', whilst for others it was perceived as a 'less flexible' aspect of the training. Trainees also had reservations about the retention rates, which 'have not been great for a while' and the lack of transparency over 'where (and how many) NQ jobs are offered'. On the plus side, HL BaSe - a 'programme which sets up a group of trainees with a social enterprise client' received extensive praise. 'Leading a client call on a deal' was a best moment, whilst finding it difficult to 'make evening plans on weekdays' was more frustrating. For 'great opportunities to excel' in a firm which offers 'top quality work without the stress of the Magic Circle', apply to Hogan Lovells.
A day in the life of...
Sabrina Salhi second-seat trainee solicitor, Hogan Lovells
Departments to date: Asset finance, privacy and cybersecurity
University:University of Durham
Degree:Law LLB, First Class
9.10am: I start the day a little early to get a head start on any overnight emails and check my 'to-do' list is up to date. My supervisor gets in just after me, so we have a quick catch up on the relevant data privacy news (there are some interesting headlines today, especially in relation to cyber-attacks and the potential implications of this type of crime for our clients).
9.45am: The team has been assisting with the due diligence for an international acquisition led by the US corporate department. This morning, I work alongside a junior associate to review privacy policies and data processing agreements. We are looking for potential risks relating to the data protection practices of the target and its subsidiaries worth flagging to the client, to assist them in preparing their bid. After reviewing the documents, I start to draft the 'registrations' and 'data security' sections of the due diligence report. The timeline for this transaction is pretty tight, so it's important as a trainee to work efficiently and manage your time well in order to complete work to a deadline.
1.00pm: I usually have lunch in the staff cafeteria with the other trainees in my intake. Today however is choir day, so I grab a sandwich from a local eatery and head across the road where the 'Hogan Lovells London Choir' rehearses. Choir is a great way to meet colleagues from across the firm in a social context, and we often perform together at firm events. Carols in the lobby are particularly fun as the firm really gets into the festive spirit.
2.00pm: It's a really exciting time to be a part of the data protection team as we are providing a lot of advice to clients in preparation for the implementation of a significant new piece of legislation. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to come into force on 25 May 2018, aims to harmonise the data protection regime across EU member states. I work on producing a table of processing activities for a client who has asked for advice on how to comply with Article 30. This provision requires that all controllers and processors maintain a record of processing activities, including for example the categories of data processed and details of any international transfers of data outside the EEA.
3.15pm: I have a conference call with my HL BaSE team, to discuss the next steps for our pro bono client. They are a social enterprise looking for advice on a number of intellectual property issues, so after discussing our initial thoughts on what protection might work best, we arrange a meeting with an associate in the trade marks team to discuss the options in more detail.
4.00pm: One of the counsel is presenting at a seminar tomorrow, providing updates on the current regime relating to data subject access requests (DSARs). She asks me to pull together some slides summarising the key points of note from the recent case law and provide some bullet points to assist with the presentation. This is where all that database training comes in handy! I read and summarise the three key judgments I identify, and work on putting together slides in the Hogan Lovells house style.
6.10pm: I receive some helpful feedback from a senior associate on the GDPR task I completed earlier today, so make the relevant amendments and draft an email to the client attaching my work. It's always good to liaise with clients - and even better when they seem pleased with the advice from your team.
6.45pm: I check that my supervisor has nothing further for me to work on this evening and see if any of the other trainees are keen to have some dinner together.
About the firm
Address:Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FG
Telephone: 020 7296 2000
Chair: Nicholas Cheffings
Regional managing partner: Susan Bright
Total partners: 800
Other fee-earners: 2,700
Total trainees: 120
Other offices: Alicante, Amsterdam, Baltimore, Beijing, Brussels, Budapest*, Caracas, Colorado Springs, Denver, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta*, Johannesburg, Louisville, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Minneapolis, Monterrey, Moscow, Munich, New York, Northern Virginia, Paris, Perth, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh*, Rome, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Shanghai Free Trade Zone, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, Warsaw, Washington, D.C and Zagreb*. (* associated offices)
Who we are: Hogan Lovells has a straight-talking legal approach. Honest, deep client relationships. Continually evolving training. Global colleagues on the same wavelength.
What we do: Together, our 2,500 lawyers tackle intricate legal and commercial issues for prestigious clients, covering corporate, finance, dispute resolution, government regulatory and intellectual property.
What we are looking for: You adapt, think around obstacles with and understand business across borders. Cultural knowledge and commercial acumen are your tools of choice, with a strong academic record to boot.
What you'll do:Trainees take on four six-month 'seats' - practice area rotations including corporate, finance and dispute resolution, with opportunities for international and client secondment.
Perks: Benefits include: bonus scheme, gym membership/subsidy, life assurance, pension scheme with company contributions, private healthcare, season ticket loan, subsidied restaurant, access to a dentist, doctor and physiotherapist, and discounts at local retailers.
Facts and figures
Training contracts available for 2020: 60
Applications received pa: 4,500
Percentage interviewed: 11%
First year: £44,000
Second year: £49,000
Newly qualified: £75,000
What's involved: Online application, online critical thinking test, telephone interview, assessment day.
When to Apply:
Training Contract (law students): Between 1 June and 31 July 2018.
Training Contract (non-law students and graduates): Between 1 October 2017 and 31 January 2018.
Spring Vacation Scheme: Between 1 and 31 October 2017.
Summer Vacation Scheme: Between 1 October 2017 and 7 January 2018.