Exploring Life at Hogan Lovells with senior associate Ademola Bamgbose

Next in our ‘Exploring Life at Hogan Lovells’ series is the recipient of the 2023 Law.com British Legal Awards ‘Unsung Hero’ award: London-based senior associate Ademola Bamgbose. Recognized for his instrumental role behind-the-scenes on major cases, as well as his contribution to the wider community, Ademola shares insights into his role as a legal professional at Hogan Lovells, his collaboration with the graduates recruitment team, and his mentorship role in ensuring a more diverse environment at the global law firm.

What attracted you to Hogan Lovells?

Two things - the people and quality of international work, especially in emerging markets. As an international lawyer, my work environment is really important to me. I was keen to join a firm where I would thrive and succeed irrespective of my background. I was also attracted to Hogan Lovells’ work in emerging markets. From my interaction with members of the team, I could immediately see how I fit into the firm’s plan and strategy for the future.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

I have a number of things I am very proud of. Recently I won the Unsung Hero Award at the British Legal Award for my role on major cases, as well as my work in helping to advance African business and arbitration. I am proud of my role in cases where I have actively saved clients including governments and businesses significant sums of money. I remember in particular a recent case where my team and I defended an African state against claims arising from a multi-billion dollar contract. I am also proud of the various ways I work with colleagues across the globe to provide opportunities for lawyers, especially in emerging markets. It is always rewarding when I see friends and colleagues get a huge brief or their first arbitrator appointment because of efforts I have contributed to.

What do you find most fulfilling about your job?

It is the opportunity to assist clients in resolving complicated disputes, which many times have far-reaching implications.

How do you contribute to your working environment?

In addition to my active contribution to building the business at Hogan Lovells, I supervise more junior colleagues and contribute to the development of the next set of lawyers through mentorship and trainings with the graduate recruitment team.

I am also a steering committee member of the Africa Future Leaders Group – a group that brings together experienced associates from Hogan Lovells offices across the globe, representing a cross-section of legal practice and industry sectors. Together we leverage our knowledge and talents to support corporates, institutions, and government agencies of all sizes, to ensure that our clients receive the best advice whether they are in a dispute or investing in / expanding into the continent.

Until recently I was also a member of the steering committee of the race and ethnicity network at Hogan Lovells (REAHL). During my time on the committee, I co-led a reciprocal mentoring scheme which paired junior employees from ethnic minority backgrounds with colleagues from more traditional backgrounds. Initiatives such as this provide colleagues with a safe space to discuss issues relating to race, diversity and inclusion, and create an environment that allows lawyers to thrive.

What motivates you?

I do what I enjoy. Additionally, the fact that several people have huge faith in me and have invested in me, in one way or another.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

With my daughter – I call her my little boss.

What do you find most challenging about being a lawyer?

Working with clients and colleagues in different time zones. It is always exciting until I have to wake up at 3am in the morning for client meetings.

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