Experience the new dynamic

Experience the new dynamic

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If you’re looking at a lot of career websites, you may feel that many look and sound the same. So in preparing our site, we asked our people to tell us what they thought made us stand out. Their answer? Our dynamic.

There’s a sense of trust that runs through the firm. A desire to share knowledge and work collaboratively. An emphasis on building deep relationships with clients and with each other. We are an international law firm that feels, to the people who work here, more like a community – one, most importantly, where you can always be yourself. Throughout this site, we’ll try to show you how.

What makes us different

What makes us different?

The strength of our global network. The breadth of our practice areas. The level of trust our clients have in us and we have in each other. The fact we're not fans of identikit careers here, but understand the value of individuality. It's all of these things – and more besides.

Opportunities

There are many ways to experience our firm. Whether you join us on an insight event, vacation scheme or training contract, or as a campus ambassador, you'll get an insider's view of life as a city lawyer.

Your journey

Career path

Our two-year training contract is rich, bespoke and supportive. It will be a springboard for your career. Open to law and non-law graduates alike, it's packed with work that broadens your outlook and experiences that boost your confidence and credibility. Start exploring now.

What makes us different

What makes a Hogan Lovells lawyer?

A quick intellect, an open mind and a keen interest in people. Adaptability and an international outlook. Loads of integrity and plenty of drive. Plus a genuine commitment to changing things for the better. Does that sound like you?

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Helen Poulson

Trainee

  • Degree: Biochemistry, Imperial College London
  • Joined: Feb 2016
  • Practice Area: International Arbitration
  • Office: London
  • Favourite film: 8 femmes
Helen Poulson

For me, what sets Hogan Lovells apart is the people. When the pressure’s on there’s a real sense of the team pulling together. My intake is a diverse group of people, around half are from a non-law background. Everyone takes pride in their work, but without losing their sense of fun. There is a real commitment to pro-bono and citizenship work, which is evident in every part of the firm.

Different practice areas have different ways of working. In International Arbitration it’s very collaborative, where you often work in smaller teams. It's very common for lawyers to pop in and out of each other's offices to discuss certain points.

Before I joined Hogan Lovells, the law was more of an academic concept to me. Now I see it as a toolkit that we use to fix our clients’ problems, and we don't use just one tool at a time! In International Arbitration we must gather relevant facts from witnesses, construct legal arguments, stay focused to the procedural aspects that arise and respond to what the other side is doing. I now have a greater appreciation of how we weave these different types of legal work together to make a whole.

I’ve also learned that different industries have their own internal practices and standards, and it’s our job to recognise and understand them. There's no point giving a business advice if that advice is incompatible on a practical level with the way the business operates.

I learned quite a bit about business on my induction. All trainees take part in the Hogan Lovells BaSE programme, which teaches you about business basics and what’s behind client decision-making. We were split into small teams and each team was given a client to advise over six months. I gained invaluable experience of managing the client relationship and the overall matter.

Though I'm only in my first seat, I've managed to have not one, but two brilliant supervisors who’ve both been very supportive. It's inevitable that the experienced people you work with are going to have a big impact on your career which is why (in my opinion) Hogan Lovells is the best place to train!

Events

Bold. Purposeful. Constantly thinking ahead. That's how we'd describe ourselves. But then we would say that. If you want a better feel for who we are, you need to meet some of our people face to face. See which universities we'll be visiting and find out for yourself.

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