Hogan Lovells’ staff in Brussels will be brought under one roof later this year in what will be a test case for the firm’s ongoing integration strategy.
The Brussels team is currently spread across the former Lovells headquarters at Avenue Louise and the legacy Hogan & Hartson office at Rue de l’Industrie.
All 51 staff, including 26 lawyers, will be based at the larger Avenue Louise office by the end of November, and in March they will be relocated to new offices in the EU district. The move means there are now only three cities where the firm is spread across two locations – Paris, Shanghai and Beijing.
The goal is to eventually move all employees to single sites at these locations too, with Paris thought to be the next city on the agenda, but much will depend on leasing arrangements.
Despite employees being divided across two locations, the firm insists that this has not hindered the integration process, as staff were seated according to practice group when the merger went live four months ago.
There were originally 10 cities where the legacy firms overlapped, but in London, Hong Kong, Moscow, Munich and Tokyo staff were moved to single sites on the day of the merger.
The integration process has also seen a policy of office-sharing between former Lovells partners and ex-Hogan & Hartson associates and vice-versa. Where possible, deals are being staffed in a similar way.
The integration policy has also seen personal assistants and other support secretaries moved to different departments.