Atlantic House is our London headquarters. We are situated in the City of London near to St. Pauls Cathedral and with the fashionable Clerkenwell area close by.
Atlantic House was designed to Hogan Lovells specification and to cater for the needs of our clients and lawyers, undertaking complex work - often to tight deadlines - when supportive and comfortable surroundings can make a real difference.
We believe in good citizenship. Our commitment is focussed and sustainable. Through direct involvement with individuals, not for profit groups and non-governmental organisations, we work with our local and global communities to influence change for the better. We are committed to a diverse workforce that is inclusive and welcoming. We recognise our responsibility to a sustainable environment and embrace ethical business practice in all that we do.
Good citizenship is one of Hogan Lovells’ core values, and in the London office we are proud of our citizenship activities, including the pro bono work we do and our fundraising for charities.
Our Community Affairs programme in London concentrates on involving members of the firm in projects that benefit the local community. This is achieved through a number of exciting and worthwhile projects, including St Aloysius Mentoring scheme.
All staff are given a day per year to volunteer and are actively encouraged to take part in these schemes.
The firm is committed to reaching out to a diverse range of people through our widening access initiatives.
Ladder to Law
We launched our unique Ladder to Law programme in January 2010, in response to the 2009 report by the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, chaired by Alan Milburn. This report recommended that social mobility be improved through every life stage including schools, universities, internship practices and recruitment processes.
Through our Ladder to Law programme we partner with 10 schools outside the traditional 'City' catchment area, reaching out to students of all ethnic backgrounds at schools where a high percentage of the pupils are on free school meals and are likely to be the first in their family to go to university. We aim to give them an insight in to what studying law would be like through tailored workshops, open days and work experience programmes for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.
Pathways to Law
We are one of the founding sponsors of the Pathways to Law initiative, run in partnership with The Sutton Trust and the College of Law. Its aim is to provide opportunities for students from state schools in England who are interested in a career in law and will be first generation attendees at university. The programme currently runs at seven universities.
The Brokerage Citylink
The Brokerage Citylink is an independent not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with City employers to create a pathway to the City for 14-18 year old students from a high number of inner city London schools.
We host various Brokerage skills sessions each year and work with The Brokerage on the development of our Ladder to Law programme. PRIME Work Experience Commitment
Hogan Lovells is one of 23 founding law firms of a new social inclusion initiative called PRIME that launched in the UK in September 2011. Hogan Lovells led the development of PRIME alongside Allen & Overy.
PRIME is a profession-wide initiative that aims to provide fair access to work experience in the legal sector for school-age students from less privileged backgrounds.
Supported by the Law Societies of England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland and the Sutton Trust, PRIME commits firms to provide quality work experience which gives an understanding of the range of careers available in the legal profession and the potential routes into those careers. We provide work experience places to school-age students who have the least opportunity to access such experience through the Ladder and Pathways to Law programmes.
Social Mobility Compact
In October 2011 we signed up to the social mobility Business Compact initiative, which the Deputy Prime Minister launched in the Social Mobility Strategy, 'Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers', in April 2011.
The Compact asks businesses to commit to support communities and local schools, improve skills and create jobs by providing opportunities for all young people to get a foot on the ladder, and improve quality of life and wellbeing by recruiting openly and fairly.
A case study of Hogan Lovells can be found on the Deputy Prime Minister's website at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/business-compact-case-studies.
Warwick University Multicultural scholars programme
We started supporting the Warwick University Multicultural scholars programme (MSP) in 2010. The scheme is open to UK students of Pakistani, Bangladeshi, African or Caribbean origin whose household income entitles them to a full maintenance grant.
All students are provided with a scholarship towards living and course costs and a Hogan Lovells mentor.
Graduate Disability Event - OPEN
This diversity event took place for the first time in January 2011 and was organised by five City firms - Allen and Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters. We have continued to participate in this annual event since its inception.
The event included workshops, skills sessions and networking opportunities for disabled students considering a career in law who may previously have lacked the confidence to apply or seen their disability as a barrier.
Graduate LGBT Event – DiversCity
Hogan Lovells is one of eight city law firms offering informal mentoring to LGBT students considering a career in law. The mentoring scheme has been introduced following the success of the DiversCity LGBT graduate recruitment event in December 2012 hosted by Allen and Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Olswang and Pinsent Masons. Students took part in interactive workshops, skill sessions, panel discussions and networking sessions regarding opportunities in the legal sector.
Working closely with the Faculty of Law at Birkbeck College, we have developed a bespoke event enabling mature students (many working to support their studies) to gain access to the firm to find out more about a career in law. The programme is also supported by a Hogan Lovells' financial award, which the Faculty Members can make to a student who has shown exceptional academic ability. The programme has proved successful with four Birkbeck college students recruited since it started in 2007.