A training contract at Hogan Lovells gives you exposure to the most high-profile, interesting and rewarding legal work available. As a trainee, you’ll work on a range of matters from multi-billion dollar transactions to representing some of the most vulnerable people in our society on a pro bono basis. All these experiences contribute to turning trainees at Hogan Lovells into agile and well-rounded lawyers.
Since starting at the firm, I’ve become a much better critical thinker and I’ve learned to challenge assumptions. I’ve also gained confidence, a tendency to think about tasks properly before completing them, and the ability to be honest but diplomatic.
Even though I’m a corporate lawyer rather than a litigator, at Hogan Lovells advocacy training has been key to my development. It gives you the ability to create arguments, to think critically and to present yourself to an audience. These are all important attributes to develop as a lawyer but also as a member of a business.
That’s vital because whenever we work on transactions we’re at the heart of our clients' businesses. We have to understand their commercial drivers because it ultimately enables us to provide more focussed legal advice. Learning about clients' businesses and what drives them is one of the most valuable parts of being a lawyer.
There’s support to learn all of this too. Junior associates are encouraged to establish relationships with more senior lawyers for advice and mentoring. As a junior associate, this makes it much easier to get on with my work day to day as I know that the support is there if I need it.