Move On Up: Hogan Lovells

The 2010 merger hiked global reputation, but when London figures are taken in isolation, not much has changed in six years

The May 2010 merger between Hogan & Hartson and Lovells should, on the face of it, have created seismic change at the firms.
In London, however, there has been little drama. Lovells was by far the larger partner in the UK, and this week’s Move On Up uses figures from legacy Lovells until 1 May 2010, ­before switching the focus to Hogan Lovells.

The firm’s fortunes have been mixed in the six years since 1 May 2006. While there has been a consistent pattern of both promotion and lateral hiring, Hogan Lovells has also lost a large number of partners to other firms, to retirement and to other destinations. Its net gain of partners in London since May 2006 to date is therefore just 14, and although it has hired or made up 17 women, it has also lost 17.

Ben Higson, corporate partner
Made up in 2009, Higson has led a cross-border team advising Citi Infrastructure Investors on a major Australian deal