Diversity & Inclusion

Society expects us to set an example.
We need trainees who make the world a better place


Actions not words

We know the only way to live up to our philosophy of Defined by Difference is to practice what we preach. That starts with putting words into action. We do not tick boxes. We seek out different people and different perspectives, and work hard at creating a culture where everyone feels included, no matter who they are, or where they are from.

Diversity makes us better as a firm and is a deeply held commitment by everyone who works here. It’s our greatest strength. We want the best people -  regardless of background - working on our client’s challenges. That’s why you can count on being nurtured, engaged and empowered to be yourself and receive all the support you need to flourish.


The numbers we’re proud of

Creating a truly diverse and inclusive organisation is a continuous process. We know that we’re not exactly where we need to be but we’re proud of the progress we’re making. We’re recognised by leading organisations for our diversity and inclusion approach and we’ve made firm commitments for what we want to achieve next.

  • 39% Black, Asian and ethnic minority trainees recruited in 2020/21.
  • 29% of UK partners are women.
  • 57% Women.
  • 15% Minority ethnic.
  • 5% LGBTQ+ UK lawyer diversity chart for associates, senior associates and counsel.
  • 15% Black and ethnic minority partner commitment by 2025.
  • 4% LGBT+ partners commitment by 2025.

A caring culture

Your wellbeing

Working in law means you’ll often be working in high-pressure environments. It’s an inevitable part of taking on challenging problems and delivering pioneering solutions. At Hogan Lovells, your wellbeing is always our number one priority. We have a comprehensive wellbeing programme to support every colleague, especially when you first join us.

Our Trainee Development team provide pastoral care, guidance and resources to support your mental health and wellbeing to whatever level you require. You’ll also have access to firm-wide wellbeing programmes that cover everything from financial advice to physical wellbeing and we have dedicated programmes tailored to every stage in your career with us.

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The firm makes a huge investment in its people - that investment starts when you join as a trainee and continues throughout your career at the firm. That support is not just to develop technical legal skills, but also the other skills necessary to be successful and reflect the changing nature of your career as you become more senior.

Christopher Hutton, Graduate Recruitment Partner


Our Partners

  • Aspiring Solicitors logo

    Aspiring Solicitors

    We’re working together to make the legal profession more accessible to people from under-represented groups and low socio-economic backgrounds through events, open days, competitions, work experience and mentoring.

  • MyPlus logo


    Since 2011, we’ve collaborated with MyPlus on their "Explore the Law" annual event comprising panels, workshops, skills sessions and networking sessions for students with a disability or health condition.

  • Rare logo

    Rare Recruitment

    We partner with Rare Recruitment to reach out to talented Black, Asian and ethnic minority students and those from backgrounds of low social mobility through their insight events and award-winning content. We were also a founding firm when they developed.

  • The Sutton Trust logo

    The Sutton Trust

    We’re a founding sponsor of the Pathways to Law and Pathways to Law Plus programmes that offer work experience and learning opportunities to sixth form and university students who are the first in their family to go to university.

Achieving inclusion together

Employee Networks

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Recognised for Excellence

Commendations for our D&I approach


These awards aren’t here to celebrate our progress. They’re recognition from expert groups who can objectively evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of our approach and show you that we’re on the right path.


  • 17th

    Stonewall Top 100 Index for 10 consecutive years, 2020

  • Top 20 Employer

    Social Mobility Index for 3 consecutive years, 2020

  • Top 50 Employers for Women

    The Times for 9 consecutive years, 2020

  • Gold Standard Certification

    Achieved Women in Law Empowerment Forum, 2019, 2020

  • Committed to Disability Inclusion

    Member of The Valuable 500