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.

The structure – four six-month 'seats' rather than six – means you experience four different areas of law fully, gain a broad legal perspective and get a good idea of the field that inspires you most. Two of your seats will be in our corporate and finance groups, and another in one of our litigation teams. 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 open on 17 September 2018. If you're a non-law student or a graduate, apply by 31 January 2019. If you're a law student, apply by 31 July 2019.

Professional development that benefits you as a person

International law evolves constantly. So do we. So will you. Our two-year training contract will push, stretch, test, support, guide and inspire you. In the process, 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 Ed Wallis, one of our associates talk about how we helped him to progress during his training contract.

The Legal Practice Course (LPC)

All our trainee solicitors 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. It has two intakes: one in August and one in February.

All future trainee solicitors study in London so they can prepare for working life in the City.

Much of the teaching is completed in small group sessions. There’s loads of individual guidance throughout. As the course is in London, you’ll also benefit from the presentations and social events we run at our offices.

As with the GDL, we cover the course fees and pay a maintenance grant. For the LPC this is £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?

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is full time and will run for one year.

Where will you study?

You’ll be a student of 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 and pay you a maintenance grant to help with living costs. If you study in London, the grant is £8,000. If you study outside London, it’s £7,000. We don't offer retrospective funding though, if you have started or completed the GDL before accepting an offer from us.

Solicitors Qualifying Examination

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), being launched in September 2020, is a new qualification that will take the place of both GDL and LPC. If you started a non-law degree before autumn 2017, the GDL will still be available until September 2019. If you started later than that, you will take the SQE. Similarly, if you're studying law and graduate by 2020, it's likely you will take the LPC.  Beyond that time, it is likely you will take the SQE. We'll continue to update our website as further information is released by the Solicitors Regulations Authority.


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.

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.

By the end of your seats, you'll be able to operate at the same level as a newly qualified lawyer.

How do we encourage your progress? Emma Preece explains.

Helping you choose

When you join, we'll ask you if there are any practice areas that you particularly want to work in. Then we'll work with you to plan your seats according to your preferences, the business needs of the firm, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority requirements and the range of places available. 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.

The breadth of our practice areas means you'll never be short of high-quality options to explore. So we'll also advise and guide you throughout your training contract. Midway through your first seat, we'll ask where you would like to sit in seats two, three and four. Then we'll create a seat plan that takes your preferences into account.

International secondments

Only a few international law firms are capable of handling the absorbing and complex legal work that crosses continents. We're one of them. In your second year, you'll have the chance to spend six months abroad. It's not compulsory though, so if you'd prefer to stay based at our London office, you can. Currently we have trainees on secondment in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, New York, Paris, Singapore and Washington D.C.

Client secondments

Around half of our trainees go on client secondments during their training contract. These are a great way to sharpen your commercial edge and get an inside, close-up view of business from a different vantage point. You'd spend six months in the client's in-house legal department. Yet you'd still be able to count on our full support and call on our resources if and when you need them. At the minute, our trainees are tackling a huge variety of work at clients who include BNP Paribas, British American Tobacco, Citibank, Exxon Mobil, Ford Credit Europe, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Prudential, and Standard Chartered Bank.


There's no doubt we'll give you as much responsibility as you can handle. But we'll also 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

Throughout your training contract, the team will be there to guide you from induction to qualification. They have helped hundreds of trainees to 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 to our trainees. You'll be prepared for any new or unexpected challenge and be free to discuss any aspect of your working life.

From your colleagues

Whether it's a quick issue or a trickier point of law, your fellow trainees, lawyers and partners 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

Each intake, two trainees are elected to meet with our Trainee Development Team to voice ideas and feedback on a regular basis. 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.

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.

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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

It's not over when you qualify. Far from it. 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.

Our foundation programme for newly-qualified lawyers is the obvious place to start. This will deepen your understanding of the work of your practice area. There are foundation events too: intensive, practice-specific training courses that run for three to five days and bring delegates from around the world together.

There's more to our lawyers than legal expertise. We understand businesses and industries too and we know how to forge deep connections with clients. So expect skills based workshops, regional conferences and global programmes that will hone your commercial skills and enhance your personal development. Here's a selection of the programmes that will keep you moving forward, underpinned by your Lawyer Development Framework.

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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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