James Hotchkiss

Trainee

  • Degree: Law, Durham University
  • Joined: Feb 2019
  • Practice Area: Competition Law / Public Law and Policy
  • Office: London
  • Favourite book: The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

James Hotchkiss's journey

I did an open day, a first-year vacation scheme and a summer vacation scheme here and they gave me a consistently positive impression. What you see is what you get when you actually start working with the firm, so if you enjoy a vacation scheme with Hogan Lovells then you’ll enjoy life as a Hogan Lovells trainee.

I’m a split-seat trainee. That means I work within two teams day to day. I can be researching proposed regulation changes and how they would affect a client in the morning and then helping with a multi-jurisdictional analysis in the afternoon.

I haven’t been here long, but already I’ve come to recognise that Hogan Lovells can and does work across different industries because its lawyers know how to look at businesses from the clients' perspectives, and then figure out how we as a firm can help them grow.

Aside from becoming more commercially aware, I’ve developed much stronger time and workload-management skills. You’re always kept busy as a trainee, and you need to quickly hone these skills if you’re going to handle all the responsibility you’re given.

I’ve found the life of a solicitor very varied; you never know what work you might be given and with what deadline. But fortunately, everyone here is extremely approachable which makes the environment positive and supportive – and not only here in London. Our international network means that, whatever time of day it is, there’s a colleague just a phone call away who’ll be willing to help.