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9.0 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Like most large law firms, the firm is very hierarchical and some partners can be more difficult to approach than others. However, the more junior lawyers are very friendly and the atmosphere is not overly competitive. The social events are very well organised."
Second year trainee, London
"Good office culture. Hierarchy is put in place but work is passed down accordingly. Colleagues are very open to socialising."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is very friendly and quite relaxed. People work hard, but there is no face-time. If you're done with your work, you should go. They are also very good about letting you know in advance if you might need to work on a weekend or during a holiday. I feel like I am able to approach everyone in the department, regardless of seniority or position. We have had a few social events and lawyers at all levels have participated. I also feel like if I need help, I can always get it."
First year trainee, London
"Doors are open, people are approachable and lots of social events are organised – both by the firm and informally by colleagues. Most days I eat lunch together with a large table of other trainees. It's fun."
Second year trainee, London
"Team spirit is very strong in the firm. More senior fee earners constantly support more junior members. For me, this has meant that I have been able to learn more over a shorter time because people supervising me have always spared time to answer my questions and give me tips, even if I did not know to ask about them."
First year trainee, London
"In my current team, the culture is generally quite good. People are friendly and always willing to answer any questions/explain areas that require further information. What I especially like about the team is that even when working late hours/under pressure, there remains a friendly, collaborative culture. People still have a sense of humour during these times, which I like as it makes working the late hours that much easier. Generally, my contact with the partners is limited as most of my work is allocated by associates, though generally the partners are also friendly/have an open door policy. Regular drinks with the team is also nice, and a good opportunity to get to know everyone better."
First year trainee, London
"A diverse range of people who are easy to get along with and exceptional at what they do. The hierarchy is relatively flat and I have worked directly with partners frequently during my training contract. In each of the teams that I have sat in the people have been easy to work with and there has been a strong sense of team spirit and support."
Second year trainee, London
"Most departments are friendly and relaxed with an open door policy. The partners are interested in you as people and have the time to talk when needed. The amount teams socialise tends to vary depending on current work loads and commitments, but generally everyone is happy to chat and wants to help."
Second year trainee, london

2015

"The firm is sociable and warm with a good element of teamwork. Some teams work together better than others. People are very friendly and sociable out of the office."
First year trainee, London
"Culture is friendly and approachable. Hours vary but there is no culture of face-time and it is not unusual to leave around 6:00-6:30pm during quiet periods. There is the usual law firm hierarchy but everyone works as a team and the partners are very approachable. There is plenty of socialising both within teams and among trainees."
First year trainee, London
"There is some attempt at recognising the need for a work/life balance although this quickly goes out the window as soon as a big project comes in. I work with a lot of very approachable, knowledgeable people. Socialising is a part to an extent of the culture with big summer parties and other events on a regular basis."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture is one of the best things about this firm: they are supportive and encouraging without hand-holding."
First year trainee, London
"In terms of socialising, my team usually goes to the pub together on a Friday, although it is rare for partners to come to that. In the office everyone is very warm and always makes time for each other. I would say the team is very supportive of everyone else."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is very approachable, even the partners. There doesn't seem to be a very rigid hierarchy, everyone is working together as part of a team. There are lots of good opportunities to socialise."
First year trainee, London
"In my team the atmosphere is collegiate and relaxed. No one is ever too busy or too stressed to take the time to answer your questions or sit down and explain something to you, which has always really impressed (and surprised!) me. My department has very unpredictable hours but I think that makes the team closer which is nice. There is a lot of socialising with colleagues - Friday drinks, etc. - particularly amongst the associates, not so much with partners although they do come along sometimes."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very collegiate generally although like all City firms, it is quite hierarchical."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is very welcoming and I always feel that I can ask questions if I need to. The trainees within my team are brilliant at helping each other and sharing the work load when busy and I always feel I can ask them for help. How much socialising there is very much depends on how busy both the team and other trainees around the office are, but everyone tries to socialise whenever possible."
First year trainee, London

2014

"There is a high level of cooperation amongst junior and senior members of the team, as well as support staff. The level of socialising depends on the team - some of the teams I have sat in will socialise once a week with each other out of office hours and other teams around once a month."
Second year trainee, London
"Hogan Lovells provides a really good atmosphere to work in. Everyone is approachable. While you are expected to work hard and work late, people empathise if and when they require you to work at anti-social hours."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"Given the nature of litigation, the department has a conservative structure, and so trainees often do not get a huge amount of exposure to partners or clients. When cases come to hearings or trial, then there is a good team atmosphere. Socialising is common although often difficult as so many people work long hours."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is generally very positive and I have never experienced any unpleasant people. Certain partners can be more demanding than others, but they have reasonable expectations and respect the junior members of the team. Partners are happy to socialise with the rest of the team and listen to the team's views on client relationships. I have made some great friends here and we socialise regularly."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture is very open, and most people are ready to give help and advice. We are also extremely sociable outside of work, organising regular drinks and other social events (both within the trainee intake and with members of our individual departments). The environment is really down-to-earth."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a constructive and supportive culture. Other trainees are quick to assist with seemingly unmanageable workloads and there are many opportunities to socialise after work."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm's culture seems to vary between teams but I have found that lawyers are approachable at all levels (including partners). There are good levels of sociability, especially amongst the trainees."
First year trainee, London
"The culture here is supportive and sociable. People work very hard when they need to, but the firm is undoubtedly friendly."
First year trainee, London

2013

"The firm is not particularly hierarchical and you feel like your opinion genuinely counts. Departments are good at organising social drinks/team lunches and generally making you feel welcome even after you move to your new department. Trainees often lunch together and after-work drinks are a regular occurrence although it can be a bit cliquey with trainees who know each other from law school/vacation schemes sticking together."
Second year trainee, Paris
"Everyone from PAs to partners are very approachable in the department where I am currently sitting. There is always someone to ask if you get stuck! There is lots of socialising amongst the trainees and drinks on Friday every week."
First year trainee, London
"This is what drew me to Hogan Lovells. We have a great office culture where we work hard, but have fun doing it. There are lots of social office activities. I have made lots of lifetime friends at HL."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a fantastic culture - a City firm without the same smugness you get elsewhere."
First year trainee, London
"I put in some pretty long hours and had an all-nighter during my second seat and no one ever thanked me. I would have minded a lot less if I'd felt appreciated. There were times when I felt pretty stepped on by associates who were unable to manage their own stress and seemed to have forgotten what being a trainee is like. The Christmas and summer parties are excellent and trainees tend to stick together. I haven't seen any sign of the internal competition or backstabbing that seem to go on at other firms. There's very little sense of hierarchy and I wouldn't think twice about approaching a partner (provided I had a good reason!)."
Second year trainee, London
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