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What makes us different?

A distinctive perspective on the law

It can be hard to tell one top law firm from another. All claim to work with prestigious clients on major international deals. All declare that they offer great training, prospects and support. But look a little closer at Hogan Lovells, and you'll see there are many things that set us apart from the rest.

We're practical with our advice. Bold with our solutions. We connect deeply with our clients and with each other. We bring emotional as well as legal intelligence to the issues. We apply business know-how that's on a par with our technical expertise. It's a distinctive approach that helps us give clients what they want even before they realise they want it.

Then there's the exceptional breadth of our practice areas, the in-depth industry knowledge our lawyers develop and the high quality of our people, across a wide geographical reach. Not forgetting development that gives our people the confidence to do things differently.

A career path that's personal to you

Be yourself at work. Master law, business, entrepreneurship. Grow as a person, as well as a professional. Whether it's day one, week two or year twelve, world-class training and early responsibility will accelerate your development. Being surrounded by experts will hone your skills and instincts. As you progress, you'll share your knowledge with those new to the firm and invest time in helping them develop too. Just like the partners and associates who'll have encouraged and coached you.

The direction you go in is up to you: take the initiative and steer your own path. We're highly focused on personal growth throughout Hogan Lovells. So we'll want you to carry on building your legal expertise, practice knowledge, personal effectiveness and business skills - and we'll give you all the tools you need to do so.

A high quality global network

The figures first. We have some 2,500 lawyers in over 40 offices in around 26 countries across the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia. On top of this, we're the only law firm with strength and depth in both the United States and Europe, the two major markets for legal services.

Collaboration between these offices is part of our everyday life. In fact, we see ourselves as a global community – one energised by the trust we have in each other. Every time we use our collective expertise, that trust is reinforced – and that's how we're able to deliver so consistently and seamlessly across borders.

So you're likely to work with fellow trainees and colleagues from different continents during your training. You'll do work for major global enterprises on some of the most exciting legal projects around. Plus you'll tap into, and add to, our ‘sharing economy' where knowledge and unique points of view are valuable currency. Every contribution you make will earn you respect and recognition.

A culture of shared mindsets

Individuality may be core to our firm – but we still have a great deal in common. Everyone who works here is smart, driven and open-minded. All of us are committed to engaging with one another, with our clients and with wider society. It's the foundation of our culture. It's also our business model.

We also believe it's one of our biggest distinguishing features. Here's what that culture involves:

Relationships built on trust

Trust plays a big role in the way we work together. Rather than shelter you from the cut and thrust of complex client work, we'll trust you to handle your share of it. It means you'll learn faster and feel more empowered. Plus you'll be surrounded by colleagues you can count on and expert advice you can rely on. That includes contact with senior partners to a degree unheard of in some major law firms. The result is a stimulating atmosphere full of opportunities to combine ideas.

Pushing boundaries

Expertise is powerful – and much more so when it's combined. By working together, exchanging views and pooling our know-how, we regularly come up with inspired ways to solve client problems. Our approach builds on already strong client relationships and deepens them even further.

A commitment to diversity

We don't want you to become a clone of anyone else in the firm. Quite the opposite. We believe – and we've proved – that diversity of thinking ultimately leads to better results for clients. A full spectrum of backgrounds, experiences and opinions is one of our biggest strengths. That's why we work hard to make sure individuality thrives here. You can be true to yourself, confident that your colleagues accept you for who you are.

In the London office we've set up multicultural, Pride (LGBT), working families, disability and wellbeing, and women's networks.

Staunch citizenship

This means investing in our people, promoting diversity and giving back to our communities. We embrace ethical business practices and sustainability. We champion fairness too, and are a world leader in advancing social justice and the rule of law by providing legal services at no cost. For instance, we're dedicating 56,000 hours of volunteer time in more than 30 countries and donate at least US$1 million through 2018 to support girls' and women's equality worldwide.

Clear values

We're united even further by our shared belief in a common set of values:

  • clients come first
  • excellence in all we do
  • one team worldwide
  • commitment to our firm's success
  • good citizenship.

“What sets Hogan Lovells apart from other law firms is its genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion. I'm a member of the steering committee for the firm's multicultural network which was shortlisted for the 2015 Race for Opportunity Employee Network award.”

Lookman Rawat, Associate

Deep relationships with clients

We’re able to find practical, commercially-focused solutions to our clients’ problems because we’re good at putting ourselves in their shoes. We understand their industries, their businesses and, as a result, their issues. We spot and respond to risks, demands and opportunities fast.

Our deep-rooted partnerships with clients mean they see us as an extension of their teams – and they trust our recommendations. We advise an array of domestic and international organisations across the full range of their business activities. Our record shows we’ve proven our worth, time and again, on big, international, cutting-edge cases.

Hear how Ben Levy worked on deals that made the headlines while he was still a trainee.

Practice and industry expertise

We operate across a particularly wide range of practice areas and industry sectors. This depth and breadth of expertise means we can offer clients unusually informed advice across all their activities – and give you exposure to a huge variety of high-end assignments. You’ll work with experts in many fields and discover the areas you want to master. You’ll learn how to collaborate across different countries and different legal specialisms. What’s more, you’ll find out how our joined-up approach helps clients handle the impact of everything from globalisation and increased regulation to fast-emerging economies and game-changing technologies.

We have five practice areas:

  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Government Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation, Arbitration and Employment.

And each of these practice areas covers the following sectors:

  • Aerospace, Defence and Government Services
  • Automotive
  • Consumer
  • Education
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Financial Institutions
  • Infrastructure
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Real Estate
  • Sports and Recreational Facilities
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Transportation.

The 2016 edition of The Legal 500, UK recommends Hogan Lovells as a top tier firm in 21 categories and named 66 of our lawyers in its elite “Leading Lawyers” list. Moreover, Chambers & Partner named 131 individuals from our firm, 31 of whom also landed in Band 1 or similar.

Distinctive. Bold. Collaborative. Hear how David Hudd, our Deputy CEO sums up Hogan Lovells.

Distinctive. Bold. Collaborative. Hear how David Hudd, our Deputy CEO sums up Hogan Lovells.