London Training contract

London 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.

Four six-month 'seats', rather than six, allow you to experience four different areas of law fully. You'll gain a broad legal perspective whilst also getting a good idea of the field that inspires you most.

Two of your seats will be in our corporate and finance and litigation, arbitration and employment groups. You'll also have the chance to complete a secondment to one of our international offices or the in-house legal team of a major client.

Applications opened on 16 September 2019 for training contracts starting in February and August 2022.

• Apply by 31 January 2020 if you're a non-law student or graduate

• Apply by 31 July 2020 if you're a law student


Professional development that benefits you as a person

International law evolves constantly. So will you. Our two-year training contract will push, stretch, test, support, guide and inspire you. You'll amass world-class technical skills and build legal expertise in the areas you're passionate about. But that's just part of your learning process. After all, tomorrow's economy won't have much use for lawyers who are only good at law.


Hear Iris outline the support she's had from day one.

The 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. Tailored to the needs of City firms, the course runs for six and a half months and smooths your transition from student to legal professional. 

You will:

• join one of two intakes: August or February

• study in London so you can prepare for working life in the City

• learn in small group sessions and enjoy individual guidance throughout 

• benefit from the presentations and social events we run at our offices

• have all your course fees paid by us

• get a maintenance grant from us of £10,000


Conversion course for non-law students (Graduate Diploma in Law)

If you’re a non-law graduate, your training starts with the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). This conversion course puts you on an equal footing with law graduates and acts as a firm foundation for your training contract.

How long is it?

It’s full time and runs for one year.

Where will you study?

The BPP University which has locations in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester. Ideally, you'd study in London so you can prepare for your working life in the City.

What about financial support?

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

• £8,000 if you study in London

• £7,000 if you study outside London

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


Solicitors Qualifying Examination

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), is being launched in September 2021. It’s a new assessment that will change your path to qualification in both England and Wales. We’ll guide and inform future trainees about what their training will entail. And we’ll work with other City law firms to develop programmes that provide the best training for success in the relevant assessments, and for City law practice. 


Your formal training at the firm starts with a two-week induction that equips you for your first seat. It includes preparation for one of the most critical parts of your role – legal research. You’ll learn how to analyse a case, then find, understand and apply the law that relates to it.

Another key part of the induction is our Business and Social Enterprise programme, HL BaSE. Through MBA-style training, HL BaSE builds your understanding of business – from market analysis and strategy to exit routes for investors. It does more than that though. It also highlights the effect of positive social impact – including customer experience and business integrity – on profits and growth. You’ll start embedding social entrepreneurship into the way you think about business and get a deeper insight into what drives our clients’ business decisions.

Harry explains how HL BaSE works. Take a look.

Watch Ben's video about BaSE


Four seats. Four different practice areas. A new area of law, new experiences and new colleagues every six months. That's what your training contract offers.

Over two years, you'll get your teeth into matters that are complex, high-profile and wide-ranging. We’ll train you how to deliver level-headed advice, and as your understanding of our clients deepens, so will your commercial instincts and sector expertise.


How do we encourage your progress? Emma Preece explains.

Helping you choose

We'll work with you to choose your first seat. Many graduates have no clear top choices when they join us, which is fine. We'll give you information to help you decide and point you in the direction of associates and partners who'll be happy to explain why their practice is more fascinating than everyone else's.

You'll never be short of options to explore. Midway through your first seat, we'll ask where you’d like to sit in seats two, three and four. Then we'll create a seat plan that takes your preferences into account.


International secondments

Few law firms can match our global reach. We work seamlessly across borders and time zones, always moving as one team. For you, that means the chance to spend six months in one of our international offices in your third or fourth seat. As well as experiencing life in a different city, you’ll see the positive impact of a global law team first-hand. Currently we have trainees on secondment in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Singapore.

Hear about Mounir's international secondment.

Client secondments

Another option is to spend your third or fourth seat in a client’s in-house legal department. It’s a great way to sharpen your commercial edge and get a close-up view of business from a different vantage point. By seeing things through our clients’ eyes, you’ll be better able to understand them and give spot-on legal advice. At the minute, our trainees are on client secondment across a wide range of industries, building trusted relationships and growing their own expertise.

Find out what Amma gained from a client secondment.


We'll give you as much responsibility as you can handle. But we'll balance it with rock-solid support. In fact, our supportive culture is a lynchpin of your personal and professional growth.

From the Trainee Development team

The team will guide you from induction to qualification. They’ve helped hundreds of trainees become qualified lawyers, and you'll get to discuss your progress with them regularly.

From your mentor

Full of advice and suggestions based on years of experience, our mentors offer support that can prove invaluable. They’ll prepare you for any new or unexpected challenge and be ready to discuss any aspect of your working life.

From your colleagues

Whether it's a quick issue or a trickier point of law, your colleagues will be willing to help. Our partners and senior associates are invested in your development and have been trained how to coach, motivate and delegate effectively.

From our Trainee Solicitor Liaison Committee

Two trainees from each intake are elected to meet regularly with our Trainee Development Team to voice ideas and give feedback. This committee also plans and promotes social events, a crucial part of the job – we get some of our most valuable feedback from informal chats.

Hear associate Amoe and her former supervisor Malcolm describe the support we give our trainees and what being a global game-changer means to them. 

On-going development

The quality of the organisations we advise. The complexity of the cases we take on. The calibre of the people you'll work alongside. The breadth of exposure you'll enjoy. The encouragement you'll have to be yourself and pursue your passions. These are just some of the reasons why your development – not just professional, but personal too – is assured at Hogan Lovells.

The pace and direction of your progress will be down to you. We'll help you build your expertise with a wealth of resources – including online training courses that boost your expertise in a host of key areas.

What are the steps on your career path to partner? Take a look.

In this video, Becky Wales tells us about her journey from trainee to partner with Hogan Lovells.
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Dispute resolution

  • How the Court Offices Work and Practical Tips
  • Introduction to Pleading
  • Disclosure
  • Evidence and Experts
  • International Arbitration Case Study
  • Product Liability Case Study
  • Fraud and Asset Tracing

Corporate and Finance

  • Structuring Finance Transactions in the Light of Due Diligence, Including Company Searches
  • Guarantee and Security Packages
  • Insolvency Proceedings and Restructurings
  • Due Diligence and Disclosure - Practical Issues
  • Establishing a Company
  • Operating a Company
  • Decision-making by Private Companies
  • An Introduction to Equity Capital Markets Work.

Real Estate

  • The Circle of Property Ownership
  • Sale and Purchase Case Study
  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
  • Lease Negotiation
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Top Tips for Trainees

Other courses

  • Advocacy and Communication
  • Business Education
  • Client Care and Professional Standards
  • Drafting
  • Introduction to Telecom Law
  • EU Research Workshop
  • Finance and Business Skills
  • Improving Performance Workshop
  • Know-how, Legal and Business Research.

Qualification and beyond

Your professional development remains a priority throughout your career. At every stage you'll be in the driving seat, steering your own growth and tapping into the training you need. Here’s how we’ll support you.



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Foundation programme for newly qualified lawyers

This will deepen your understanding of the work of your practice area. There are foundation events too: intensive, practice-specific courses that run for three to five days and bring delegates from around the world together.

Constant feedback

Recently we launched Pathways, a pioneering programme that replaces the annual review process and modernises associate career development. Instead of being evaluated once a year, our associates now get thoughtful input as often as they want. Through tools inspired to open up communication, Pathways empowers associates to continuously seek and give feedback to enhance their development.

“Much of the legal industry focuses on the annual performance review. It’s time to break that outdated and irrelevant mould and give people the information they really need to hear throughout the year – what am I doing well, where can I grow, what is my career path. Pathways helps us fulfil our fundamental responsibility to be candid, supportive and constructive with our people.”

Steve Immelt, Partner (Hogan Lovells CEO 2014-2020)


Workshops and training courses

Workshops and training courses +

Expect skills-based workshops, regional conferences and global programmes that will hone your commercial skills, build your understanding of businesses and industries and enhance your personal development. Here's a selection. 


Legal Knowledge and Communication

• Law Firm Finance

• Practice specific programmes

Drive for Excellence

• Career Planning

• Mentoring

Winning Teams with a Client Focus

• Networking Skills

• Personal Impact

• The Art of Influencing and Negotiation

• Leading and Working with Others


How to Apply

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

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