Hogan Lovells awarded prestigious National Equality Standard

London, 14 July 2017 – Hogan Lovells has been awarded the National Equality Standard (NES), a rigorous benchmark developed for business by business, recognising the work the firm has done to address issues of equality, diversity and inclusion in the UK.

The Standard, which is administered by consulting group EY, evaluates commitment to equality by measuring a broad and demanding set of criteria.

Arun Batra, Chief Executive of National Equality Standard, remarked that Hogan Lovells’ award demonstrates that the legal industry is committed to improving opportunity and equality. He said:

“Hogan Lovells is one of the most impressive organisations we’ve assessed, and one of the leaders in the legal sector. We often advise clients about embedding D&I as business as usual, and Hogan Lovells successfully demonstrates this through its devolved approach to D&I, ensuring that it is driven as a business issue with business leader accountability.”

Participation in the NES assessment process helps to encourage and sustain long-term change, and research confirms that commitment to equality can improve productivity, growth and morale. The NES also creates a detailed roadmap with recommendations to help businesses implement those areas requiring improvement.

Hogan Lovells has a target to reach 30% female partners by 2022, with 24% currently, and 37% women in leadership positions. The firm has also pioneered LGBT+ rights in the workplace and recently launched a global allies network, Pride+, with over 1000 allies signed up globally to date. It has also created one of the largest wellbeing programs of any major law firm in the UK and continues its longstanding focus on widening access to the legal profession.

Commenting on the award, Ruth Grant, partner and Chair of Hogan Lovells Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee, said:

"The NES is a detailed and rigorous benchmark, developed for business by business, which we sought to undertake to assess the effectiveness of our current approach and to help determine our future priorities.  The NES team were a pleasure to work with and we were impressed by the thoroughness of the assessment and feedback given. Being awarded the NES is fantastic, but we recognise there is still work to be done and we will use the feedback we have received to help focus that."

Hogan Lovells is committed to diversity and inclusion, in the UK and globally, as recognised extensively in the market, including by:


  • Recognition as one of the UK’s Top 50 Employers for Women by The Times for the sixth time in 2017
  • Winning Most Inclusive Firm at the MPF Awards 2017
  • Ranked 17th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2017 Workplace Equality Index, the seventh consecutive year that Hogan Lovells has made the Top 100 list, and the fifth time it has reached the top 50
  • Ranked 26th in the first-ever Top 50 Social Mobility Employer Index in 2017
  • Being listed number 18 in the Excellence in Diversity Awards' Inclusive Top 50 List 2016
  • Being recognized by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) with its 2016 Gold Standard Certification for the fourth consecutive year
  • Winning Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm at the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2016
  • Being named a Top 30 Employer For Working Families 2016 by the charity Working Families
  • Being listed by the Asian Legal Business Diversity List 2016 as one of 10 law firms in Asia promoting a more inclusive workplace
  • Being awarded Best International Firm for Minority Women Lawyers at the Euromoney European Women in Business Law Awards 2016
  • Being selected by DELL, Inc. for its Legal Diversity Award for the second time in the award’s five-year history in 2016 (and 2013)
  • Partner and Chair of Hogan Lovells Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee Ruth Grant winning the Diversity Champion award at the Black Solicitors Network's UK Diversity Legal Awards 2016 and Woman Lawyer of the Year award at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2016.

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