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.

Know this: your two-year training with us is packed with all kinds of exciting opportunities. Four six-month 'seats', rather than six, allow you to:

• experience different areas of law fully
• gain a broad legal perspective
• get a good idea of the field that inspires you most 

Two seats will be in our corporate and finance group, and another in one of our litigation teams. For your third or fourth seat, you’ll also have the chance to do an international or client secondment.

What can you expect, salary wise? 

• Year one: £46,000
• Year two: £51,000
• Upon qualification: £85,000

Applications open (for non-law students and graduates) on 14 September 2020  for training contracts starting in 2023.
Applications close (for non-law students and graduates) on 31 January 2021

Applications re-open (for law students and graduates) on 1 June 2021 and close on 31 July 2021.


Professional development that benefits you as a person

International law evolves constantly. So will you. Your training here 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. And that’s just the start. It’s also about personal growth: gaining the confidence to do things differently. To do things like a global game-changer. 

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

Getting the qualifications you need

From autumn 2021, the route to solicitor qualification is changing. In the future, any graduate, matter what they studied, will need to sit and pass the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). Here’s everything you need to know.

First things first: the LPC will cease to exist in the new qualifying process. 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. 

Preparing for the SQE

Yes, the SQE is a big shake up to how things have always been done. But fear not. Together with five other top law firms, we’ve partnered with BPP University Law School to create the market-leading City Consortium Solicitor Training Programme. 

What is the City Consortium, you ask? A group of six leading law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Norton Rose Fulbright, and Slaughter and May. 

For both law and non-law graduates, our bespoke training programme will provide the very best preparation to pass the new SQE assessments, and give you the knowledge and skills you need to start your career at our firm.

There will be a transition period for the introduction of the SQE. We currently intend that the first intake of trainees to have studied our new programme and sat the SQE will join us in 2023, although that timing is subject to further information from the SRA on logistics such as assessment dates. Until we introduce our new programme, our future trainees will continue to study our bespoke accelerated LPC at BP

As always, we take your development seriously. So we'll make sure your training is engaging and thorough, giving you the confidence to hit the ground running. Plus, you’ll be supported by BPP’s expert tutors and state-of-the-art educational technology. The training programme will consist of:

• A law conversion course for any non-law graduates – Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)
• SQE 1 Preparation Programme
• City Consortium Plus Programme
• SQE 2 Test Preparation

Conversion course for non-law graduates: Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)

As part of the City Consortium Solicitor Training Programme, any non-law graduates will be able to study the eight-month PGDL at one of BPP’s centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London or Manchester.

To help you get ready for working life in the City, you'll then complete the rest of the training programme in London and study alongside your peers joining City Consortium firms. It also means you’ll benefit from the presentations and social events we run at our offices. 

We’ll support you financially too. Maintenance grants will be available to help with living costs while you study:

• £8,000 within London
• £7,000 outside London


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.

The induction also includes our Business and Social Enterprise programme, HL BaSE. This MBA-style training will: 

• build your understanding of business and the ever-evolving commercial world
• highlight the effect of positive social impact 
• start to embed social entrepreneurship into the way you think about business 

Harry explains how HL BaSE works. Take a look.

Watch Ben's video about BaSE

Your seats

Over two years, you'll sink 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.

You’ll do four seats across our practice groups – essentially a new area of law, new experiences and new colleagues every six months. We'll work with you to choose your first seat, giving you plenty of guidance, advice and information so you can make an informed decision. From there, we’ll put together a seat plan that takes your preferences into account, alongside the needs of the firm. 

Find out which seats two of our partners, Elaine and Chris, chose on their training contracts, and what they learned from their choices.

How do we encourage your progress? Emma Preece explains.

Your secondments

In your second year as a trainee (for your third or fourth seat), you’ll have the chance to do a six-month international or client secondment. It’s a tough choice – but both offer exposure to all kinds of interesting legal projects.   

International secondments

Learn from supportive experts, experience life in a different city, and see the positive impact of a global law firm 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

Sharpen your commercial edge and get an inside, close-up view of business from a different vantage point. By seeing things through our clients’ eyes, you’ll be able to better understand them and give spot-on legal advice. 

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. We’re always on hand to answer questions and give advice. 

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

We'll help you build your expertise with a wealth of resources – including virtual and face to face training courses to build your skill-set and expertise in a host of key areas. As a trainee solicitor, you will undertake foundation courses at the start of each seat, delivered by the Partners, Counsel and Associates in the Practice Area. This ensures you are set up for success from day one in the seat and are learning from experts in the particular area of practice. The Trainee Development team will support each aspect of your career development and have designed a formal training programme which trainee solicitors complete during their two year training contract. The Trainee Development Programme is designed to develop the interpersonal and technical skills of our trainee solicitors, support their mental health, build their resilience to face professional challenges and fully prepare our trainees in the lead up to qualification as an Associate at Hogan Lovells. We feel strongly that continued development is critical for our trainee solicitors to have the knowledge, tools and skill-set to operate as an Associate level by the end of their training contract.

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 group. 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

Pathways is 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, Senior Partner (Hogan Lovells CEO 2014-2020)


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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