I had the opportunity to visit the firm when I attended an event run by the Hogan Lovells Multicultural Network. Despite not being there for an official 'open day', the trainees and associates were very welcoming and spoke to me about the firm and their work. One of the associates even gave me an impromptu tour of the offices. For me this showed that Hogan Lovells has a reputation of being a collaborative firm for a reason, and this experience was a significant factor in me deciding that I wanted a career here.
My initial impression of the firm has for me, proven true. Everyone here is friendly, easy to get on with, and always willing to help. It makes day-to-day life at the firm that much more enjoyable when you bond well with your colleagues. The culture here is so supportive, and as a trainee you experience it from the moment you join.
New trainees have a trainee buddy, a partner mentor, a supervisor and a PA, so you know there is someone at every level who can help you with whatever you need. In terms of easing me into life as a solicitor, I would definitely say that this support network was instrumental.
Being in an environment where all of your endeavours are supported has had a really positive impact on my working life. My superiors take an interest in my professional development, as much as they do with the external projects and initiatives I am involved in. This all helps me to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
In my current seat I’ve really experienced our 'one team worldwide' motto. Having the opportunity to work closely with our associates in ten different jurisdictions has been one of the most enjoyable parts of this seat. Even though we haven’t all met in person, we still feel like one big team because of the way we interact with and support each other.
My advice for someone about to start their training contract would be to go into it with an open mind, even if you are already convinced about the type of law you want to practice. You might surprise yourself with what you end up enjoying once you get here.