Our law firm is built on a culture of engagement: a global network where we all support each other, open-mindedly and whole-heartedly. Naturally, encouraging diversity and inclusion is a pivotal part of that.
“I chose to train at Hogan Lovells because I was convinced that its commitment to diversity is genuine, not just a policy document, and that it forms a fundamental part of its ethos. Hogan Lovells understands and appreciates that if everyone in the firm looks the same, sounds the same and thinks the same, then it cannot possibly grow and opportunities could be missed.
I knew I had made the right decision when I joined the firm for a vacation scheme. At no point during the placement did I feel that the fact I am LGBT, have a strong North-East accent, am state school educated and a first generation graduate would ever be a barrier to being a successful lawyer at Hogan Lovells.”
Hogan Lovells is a founding member of PRIME Commitment. PRIME is an alliance of law firms across the UK, committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience. Put simply, because the legal sector should be open to talent from all economic backgrounds – and there’s still more work to do to put things right.
“Coming from the north of England and a comprehensive school I recall being told by a careers advisor that I couldn’t be a lawyer, let alone an international lawyer as I had dared to suggest, and that I should think of something else to do. When I asked why, I was told ‘Your family don’t have connections, your school doesn’t have connections, the cost to train is high and you’re from the north’. At the time I took that as being the truth. But when I got to University to study engineering I socialised with lawyers and thought they weren’t that different to me. And those words ‘you can’t’ motivated me to prove otherwise. Luckily for me, at the time Lovells, now Hogan Lovells offered me financial support through law school – I’ve been grateful ever since. I’m so proud to say that here and also what a great initiative PRIME commitment is.”
David Taylor, Hogan Lovells Partner
To find our more about the work experience programmes offered through PRIME, please click here.