The Education Partnerships Awards: Hogan Lovells

Finalist for Business in the Community’s Education Partnerships Award 2019.

Hogan Lovells: Staff gaining skills volunteering while inspiring workers in Islington, one of London’s poorest boroughs

  • ​Worked with more than 900 students at EGA
  • 89% of staff have gained new skills through volunteering
  • 35% of under-16s in Islington live in low-income households

Hogan Lovells is a top 10 global law firm, with 6,000 staff in more than 26 markets worldwide. Being a good corporate citizen is one its core values, with all staff expected to volunteer 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.
In London, the company focuses its efforts in Islington, a borough that has high levels of poverty and inequality. In fact, 35% of children under 16 live in low-income households (the third highest nationally) and 59.4% of Islington children eligible for any form of pupil premium achieved 5 A*-C grades at GCSE (or equivalent) in English and maths, compared with 74.8% of all other children in Islington1.

“Our education programme has raised the aspirations of the pupils, identifying and meeting the needs of the staff and schools and inspiring our own people. We have also been able to build closer relationships with some of our key clients collaborating to make a greater impact.”

Susan Bright, Regional Managing Partner, UK & Africa, Hogan Lovells

Here, the business has worked to address the skills gap of young people in the community – something it sees as being crucial to developing a pipeline of future workers.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (EGA), an 11-16 girls’ inner-city comprehensive, is one of the schools it works with, giving all students a chance to learn about the world of work. Hogan Lovells delivers three main programmes: 

  • weekly debating sessions to boost self-confidence; 
  • a one-day educational workshop where students learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how to tackle global issues at a local level;
  • mentoring to help school leavers feel inspired about work.

In 2018, the business helped more than 900 students at EGA through 12 educational programmes designed to raise aspirations and address the skills gap. And 95 Hogan Lovells staff spent 695 hours supporting students – something that 89% of staff say has resulted in developing skills relevant to their job.

  1.  Islington Council (2018) State of Equalities in Islington Annual Report 2018, available at –…

Unless otherwise stated the information in this impact story has been supplied by Hogan Lovells.