Hogan Lovells adds 28 new partners in latest promotions round

Proportion of women falls from 60% in 2022 to 43% in round that sees US once again dominate

New London partners Caitlin Weeks and Simon Grimshaw Images courtesy of Hogan Lovells

Transatlantic law firm Hogan Lovells has welcomed 28 new partners in its latest promotions round, with the US once again seeing the largest number of new partners, including eight in Washington DC.  

The cohort is smaller than last year’s 38-strong group and is more in line with 2022, when the firm made up 27 to partner. The proportion of women also fell from 60% last year to 43% this time round, a ratio that nevertheless sees the firm move closer to its target to have 30% of its global partnership be women by 2025. The firm has already exceeded the target in the UK and US, where women make up 33.3% and 30.8% of the partnership respectively. 

Regionally there were 16 promotions in the Americas – 14 in the US and two in Mexico. There were also nine in Europe, including three in London and three in Asia.  

In terms of diversity, the 2,800-lawyer firm noted that 35% of the new UK and US partners identify as racially or ethnically diverse, again a proportion that sees the firm move closer to its goal to have 15% representation among its UK and US partners by 2025. The firm said the proportion currently stands at 13%.

Hogan Lovells also aims to have 4% of its UK and US partners identify as LGBT+ by 2025. Noting that none of this year’s cohort is LGBT+, a spokesperson for the firm commented: “We are committed to achieving our global diversity goals by 2025. Advancement is highly dependent on our talent pipeline and the promotions are reflective of where the talent was ready for promotion in this particular year. 

“As these numbers can vary in any single year, we focus on our three-year average to measure our progress and note that the three-year average for LGBT+ new partners was 9.3%.” 

They added that currently 3.6% of the firm’s UK and US partners identify as LGBT+. 

Each of Hogan Lovell’s practice groups was included in the round, with the global regulatory and IP, media and technology practice welcoming 12 new partners and the corporate and finance and litigation, arbitration and employment practices gaining eight apiece. 

Alongside the eight promotions in Washington DC the US saw two lawyers made up in New York and one apiece in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco. There were also two promotions in Mexico City.  

Meanwhile in London private equity lawyer Simon Grimshaw got the nod alongside M&A specialist Caitlin Weeks in the corporate and finance practice. Louise Crawford, who specialises in compliance work for financial and insurance clients, was also made up in the global regulatory and IPMT team.  

Elsewhere in Europe there was one promotion in Rome and five in Germany across Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.  

In Asia construction disputes lawyer Janice Cheng and international trade specialist Ben Kostrzewa were welcomed in Hong Kong, with the final promotion going to Singapore-based Sylvia Taslim, who works in M&A.  

Hogan Lovells’ CEO, Miguel Zaldivar, said: “I am so pleased to welcome this tremendous group of talented lawyers to our partnership. Ensuring that we are promoting the next generation of talent is crucial to maintaining the exceptional legal services for which we are recognised around the world.  

“It’s particularly encouraging to see that in the UK and US more than a third of this year’s group of new partners identify as racially or ethnically diverse. Globally, women comprise 43% of our new partner group. This is in addition to an encouraging pipeline of talent underlining our continued commitment to the recruitment and advancement of diverse talent.” 

The promotions, effective 1 January, also saw 59 lawyers become counsel. 

A full list of the promotions can be found here.

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