I think an international law firm is an incredible intersection
of law, business, politics and international current affairs
and lawyers are at the centre of pretty much every major international
transaction, case, decision and action which occurs.
The reality is, you get a huge array of work and experience.
I got my own cases as a trainee, in particular in relation to
pro bono work. I got to meet clients on a regular, almost day
to day basis and I got real diverse experience across the firm,
including a secondment to Hong Kong.
As partners we will always try and push all levels of lawyers
in our teams whether they are associates or trainees and give
them as much responsibility as we feel they can deal with. So,
if we think you are competent and capable of running with a
transaction, we will very much want you to do that.
Our trainees get the opportunity to spend time on secondment.
We have a number of oversees secondments to our international
offices including Hong Kong, New York and a number of offices
in Europe. Our trainees also get an opportunity to work at one
of our clients and we have a large range of our big blue chip
clients who take on our trainees for six months, who get a real
experience of working in house.
Hogan Lovells for me is a place where people really can thrive.
They can work on the most complex, the most cutting edge transactions
which really push their career along but at the same time it
is a place which actually supports other colleagues when they
are working and people are really interested in other people’s
My advice to applicants is to first of all work out why they
want to be a lawyer and secondly work out where they want to
be a lawyer.
All sorts of different firms have different characteristics
and I think applicants need to do their research and work out
what they really want for their careers.
First of all you have got to be smart and not just academically
intelligent but I think you have got to be able to think outside
the box and come up with commercial solutions.