London corporate to spearhead Hogan Lovells’ staff integration

HOGAN Lovells’ London corporate practice has put in place a series of measures to encourage speedier ­integration between each side of the merged firm.

In the most innovative move, the expanded corporate team is encouraging former Lovells partners to work with ex-Hogan & Hartson associates on new instructions.

The policy is initially being carried out on an ad hoc basis, but partners who bring in new business have been directed to try to
fill their deal teams with associates from the other legacy firm.

Andrew Pearson, who manages the London ­corporate group, said: “It’s ­happening a little bit already. At the moment there hasn’t been a massive amount as the Hogan people arrived with a full workload. The plan is, as people are freed up, they’ll be put on deals with legacy Lovells partners.”

Despite the move towards full integration of the two partnerships, some client relationships will still be managed by their pre-merger teams.
Pearson added: “You can’t do it on every deal as there’ll be occasions where it makes sense to use the old team.”

In London, the corporate practice has seen the biggest shake-up, with seven ­partners among the 20 fee-earners moving from Hogan to Lovells’ former HQ.

Other ways in which lawyers are being integrated include office-sharing between ex-Hogan and ex-Lovells associates. Former Hogan fee-earners have also each been assigned a former Lovells lawyer as a mentor to help them settle into the new office.