Birmingham Training Contracts

Birmingham Training Contracts

Our lawyers are known for being practical, commercial and relationship-driven. They’ve made us a true business partner to our clients while building our reputation as a bold, distinctive law firm. Our two-year training contract will help you develop the same set of skills.

Since opening the Birmingham office in 2015, we have built a consistently profitable and strong qualified lawyer and paralegal capability, handling real estate, real estate finance, corporate and commercial and litigation work. Such is our success that we are now looking to take on more trainees into our new Birmingham hub. 

Applications opened on 17 September 2018 for training contracts commencing in August 2021.

Apply by 31 January 2019.

Our Birmingham office

In 2018 we celebrated our new office space on the eighth floor of the Colmore Building. The new office space has a modern look-and-feel, with the latest technology and more open spaces for collaborative working and for clients to come and work alongside us.  

“Our new work space in Birmingham acts as a significant draw for our clients and our people as Hogan Lovells expands in a vibrant and confident market. We are proud to be a part of the Birmingham community and are investing in and supporting the city, both through providing credible and attractive career opportunities and also through our citizenship and pro bono activities. This move reinforces our commitment to Birmingham."

Partner, Michael Gallimore

Head of Hogan Lovells Birmingham office

Getting the qualifications you need

A good degree might help you land a training contract with us. But you’ll still need one or, if you’re a non-law graduate, two more qualifications under your belt before you start.

Legal Practice Course (LPC) 

All our trainee solicitors take the LPC at BPP University, either after their law degree or when they complete the Graduate Diploma in Law. 

You’ll study in Birmingham and we will keep in touch with you inviting you to attend social events and presentations that we run at our office in Birmingham. 


Financial Assistance

We will pay your course fees and a maintenance grant to help with living costs while you study. However, we don’t offer retrospective funding if you started or completed either the LPC or GDL before accepting an offer from us.

Our maintenance grants are: 

£7,000 for LPC students 

£7,000 for GDL students 

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

If you’re a non-law graduate, your training starts with the GDL. This one-year, full-time conversion course puts you on an equal footing with law graduates and lays an important foundation for your training contract. You’ll be a student of BPP University which has locations in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester. 

Meet our people

So where's the evidence that we're as diverse, collaborative, supportive and forward-thinking as we claim? Right here. In the words of our people in our Birmingham office. Our colleagues reveal their personal experiences working with Hogan Lovells in Birmingham – from their first impressions to their latest deal.

Jennifer Crust, Trainee Solicitor

Jennifer Crust

"I've seen the Birmingham office grow and have been lucky enough to be able to get involved in a number of important projects for the Birmingham team."

Katherine Wood

Trainee Solicitor 

"The Birmingham office strikes the perfect balance of being an integral part of a smaller team, whilst still being a part of a wider network of international lawyers."

Simon Grimshaw, Senior Associate

Paula Inglis
Senior Associate

"Our Birmingham office will provide you with an exceptional level of access to high quality work. The Birmingham Office is integral to the ongoing success of Hogan Lovells globally."

Simon Grimshaw, Senior Associate

Simon Grimshaw

Senior Associate

"We are currently a relatively small office so we have the opportunities and quality of work and clients of a global law firm, within a close-knit office environment."

Your Journey

What we look for

With only two training contracts offered a year in the Birmingham office, competition is tough - do you have what we're looking for?

  • Intellect Intellect

    A quick, enquiring mind is a given. We'll look for a strong academic record that features excellent results from GCSE (or equivalent) onwards. That includes a good 2:1 or above (or equivalent).

  • Commercial acumen Commercial acumen

    Clients want to work with us because we understand their worlds as well as we understand the law. You'll have the potential to talk their language.

  • An international outlook An international outlook

    Globalisation is a fact of life; and an interconnected world calls for outward-looking people. You'll be someone who adapts naturally to new surroundings, responds to cultural nuances and tackles the unpredictable with confidence.

  • Team spirit Team spirit

    We may be one of the largest global legal practices. But we work in small, focused teams – often across borders and jurisdictions – acting seamlessly for clients. You must be happy pitching in, helping out and doing your share to promote our collective success.

  • Resilience Resilience

    Rigorous attention to detail won't faze you. Nor will the pressure of complexity, deadlines or putting in the extra hours to deliver the most professional job possible.

  • Mental agility Mental agility

    The tried and tested way isn't always the best way. We like to challenge conventional thinking here – pooling our expertise to do things differently from others and from what we've done in the past. You'll be able to look beyond the obvious and think around corners.

Life in Birmingham

What’s it like to work in Birmingham? Birmingham is a vibrant and dynamic city, with lots to offer. The youngest city in Europe with over 40 per cent of the population being made up of under 25's there is plenty to see and do. The city centre is a fusion of attractive squares, modern shopping arcades and centres, with food festivals and world-class restaurants, the most Michelin star restaurants in the UK outside of London. 

The city centre is experiencing huge amounts of regeneration. Areas like Brindley Place and The Mailbox are now focal point for cafés, restaurants and bars. Spend an evening in a canal side café, pub or restaurant, take a trip to the cinema, theatre or ballet or laugh the night away at the comedy club. If you like music the Symphony Hall, Barclaycard Arena and the NEC host a wide variety of music concerts and large events, or you can find gigs and other live entertainment at smaller venues throughout the city.

Further afield, based in Birmingham you are well placed to visit other cities and attractions in the UK. Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, is a beautiful place to visit with many other locations easily accessible by train.  

Located in the Colmore district we are in the heart of the central business district, the commercial heart of Birmingham. Close to an array of independent coffee shops, cafes and shops and to the beautiful green spaces that surround Birmingham cathedral.

Meet us

If you want a better feel for who we are, and learn more about training contract opportunities in Birmingham, you need to meet some of our people face to face. See which universities the Birmingham Graduate recruitment team will be visiting and find out for yourself.

How to Apply

Whatever your ambitions, whatever your skills, you'll find current opportunities to suit you here.

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