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’ve built a consistently profitable and strong legal capability, working in corporate, litigation, construction, real estate, real estate finance and asset finance. As a trainee here, you’ll get exposure to all sorts of interesting legal challenges and plenty of high-profile projects, led by some of the most talented lawyers around.

Read more about the our Birmingham office in our graduate brochure.

Applications open on 14 September 2020 for training contracts starting in 2023.

Apply by 31 March 2021.

Our Birmingham office

With its modern look and feel, our new office space on the eighth floor of the Colmore Building boasts the latest technology, plus more open spaces for collaborative working and for clients to work alongside us. 

“Our new workspace in Birmingham acts as a significant draw for our clients and our people as Hogan Lovells expands in a vibrant and confident market. Proud to be a part of the Birmingham community, we’re investing in and supporting the city, both by providing credible and attractive career opportunities and through our citizenship and pro-bono activities."

Gill McGreevy, Partner
Head of Hogan Lovells Birmingham office

Our practice groups

Corporate

We advise on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions, such as: mergers and acquisitions, private equity and secondary fund transactions, and complex commercial contracts including cross-border matters. Who for? Owner managers, listed and privately owned corporates, pension funds and other institutional investors. 

Litigation

Integrated with the London Litigation team, we regularly work side by side with the London-based Global Products Law practice to advise global technology companies and manufacturing giants on product litigation and regulatory matters relating to all stages of the product life cycle. 

Real Estate

One of the largest groups in our Birmingham office, we take on all kinds of legal projects – from advising on investment acquisitions and development transactions to real estate related disputes such as contentious landlord and tenant matters. It’s all part of providing a well-rounded service to investors and funds, as well as developers and significant corporate occupiers. 

Real Estate Finance

Operating at the forefront of the market, we advise on a huge range of transactions, including: investment, development, student accommodation, hotel and structured real estate financings, debt portfolio bids and acquisitions, and financings and refinancings of existing facilities. 

Construction

Because of the growth and success of our Real Estate and Real Estate Finance practice groups, we’ve expanded our offering and built this team – who provide specialist support on the construction aspects of real estate related transactions. 

The work we do

Whichever team you join, expect to get involved in all kinds of headline-grabbing work. Here are just a handful of examples of what each practice group have been up to.  

Corporate

• Acting for Lynwood Investments in relation to its sale of some of its interest in Waterstones Booksellers to Elliott Private Equity. 

• Acting for The Craftory, the US$300 million challenger brand investment fund, in relation to its structuring and equity funding by two of the world’s largest family offices. 

• Advised Lockheed Martin on the due diligence aspects of its US$5bn agreement to separate and combine its Information Systems & Global  Solutions business with Leidos Holdings. 

 

Litigation

• Advising a global products manufacturer on multiple claims issued before the English courts. 

• Guiding a global technology giant through a voluntary product recall spanning over multiple jurisdictions and advising on related corrective action measures and product liability considerations. 

• Advising on product liability laws and associated litigation risks related to innovative products (including IoT and robotics). 

 

Real Estate

• Acting for M&G Real Estate in relation to a number of investment acquisitions and disposals including the purchase of 36 Queen Street London for £55m; the purchase of Gate House, London for £29m and the sale of SABMiller House for £19m. 

• Part of a UK-wide team acting for King’s Cross Central LP in relation to the letting of retail and leisure units at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London – the iconic retail and leisure destination within the King’s Cross Central development, which is one of Europe’s largest ever urban regeneration projects. 

• Advising CCLA, LaSalle, Aberdeen Standard Investments and other investors on their ongoing asset management requirements across a number of shopping centres and other assets. 

Real Estate Finance

• Advising HSBC Bank Plc in respect to their lending of a £150m term loan facility to an SPV set up by HSBC Alternative Investments Limited to refinance the acquisition of certain properties located in Brindley Place, Birmingham. 

• Advising Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and BNP Paribas, London Branch in respect to their lending of a £100m term loan facility to an SPV set up by Capital & Countries Properties Plc to refinance the purchase of the Olympia Exhibition Centre, London. 

• Advising a leading bank in respect of their lending of a total of £125m across two term loan facilities to refinance a portfolio of over 1,800 residential properties across the UK. 

 

Construction

• Acting for Paradise Circus Limited Partnership on the redevelopment of Paradise Circus Birmingham, including advising on contracts for the upgrading of infrastructure and enabling works for the future commercial development. 

• Acting for a US/UK life sciences business advising on the contracts for carrying out works and acquiring equipment in connection with regulatory requirements for premises. 

• Construction due diligence to debt funds and commercial banks in connection with development finance facilities and refinance of existing properties. 

 

Getting the qualifications you need

A good degree might help you land a training contract with us. But you’ll 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 lawyers take the accelerated LPC at BPP University, either after their law degree or when they complete the Graduate Diploma in Law. 

You’ll study in Birmingham and benefit from the social events and presentations we run at our Birmingham office. 

 

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. 

Financial assistance

We’ll pick up the bill for all your course fees. We’ll also pay you a maintenance grant of:

• £7,000 for LPC students 
• £7,000 for GDL students

We don’t offer retrospective funding though if you’ve started or completed the LPC or GDL before accepting an offer from us.

 

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

From autumn 2021, the route to solicitor qualification is changing. In the future, any graduate, no matter what they studied, will need to sit and pass the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SQE is not a course but a centralised assessment taken in two stages: SQE 1 and SQE 2. SQE 1 tests your legal knowledge and SQE 2 assesses practical legal skills. You'll also need to do two years of qualifying legal work experience (like a training contract) and pass a character and suitability test.

There will be a transition period for the introduction of the regime, but whether you do the LPC or SQE, we will support you and continue to work closely with BPP University Law School to ensure that you receive the best training both to pass the assessments and to prepare you for practice at our firm. 

If you have any queries about the SQE or would like to talk through how the proposals might affect you at various stages, please email our Graduate Recruitment and Trainee Development team - Graduate.Recruitment@hoganlovells.com . For more information on the SQE generally, please visit the SRA website.

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
 
Associate

"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

Associate

"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."

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

    An interconnected world calls for outward-looking people. You'll adapt easily to new surroundings, respond to cultural nuances and tackle the unpredictable with confidence.

  • Team spirit Team spirit

    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 isn't always the best. We challenge conventional thinking – pooling our expertise to do things differently from others and from what we've done before. You'll be able to look beyond the obvious.

Life in Birmingham

There’s plenty to see and do in Birmingham. With over 40 per cent of the population made up of under 25s, it’s the youngest city in Europe. The city centre is a fusion of attractive squares, modern shopping arcades and centres, and world-class restaurants. In fact, Birmingham has the most Michelin-star restaurants in the UK outside London. 

The centre of the city is enjoying huge amounts of regeneration. HS2 is due to open in December 2026 with a journey time to London of 49 minutes. 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. 

 

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.

Our office is located in the Colmore district, the commercial heart of Birmingham. We’re close to an array of independent coffee shops, cafes and shops and to the beautiful green spaces around Birmingham cathedral.

 

Meet us

Meet us in person and virtually and get a better feel for our firm and our training contracts. See which universities we’ll be visiting and when.