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Social Enterprise Associate


Department Overview

The social impact practice, HL BaSE, harnesses the strength of a global, full service law firm to support entrepreneurs to scale their social impact and secure a balance between financial, societal and environmental sustainability. The practice is an alignment between our commercial practice and our engagement with communities in which we live and work.

In 2017 we invested over 5,500 hours of advice worth more than $2.68 million, involving more than 350 lawyers from across the firm.  We supported over 80 social businesses and worked on deals attracting more than $20 million of impact investment.

HL BaSE works in 3 key areas:

HL BaSE Legal: a thriving legal practice advising our impact economy clients on the full spectrum of legal issues that they face.  The practice is run on a not for profit basis, offering low bono or pro bono support to its clients.
HL BaSE Catalyst: a programme of pro bono support for social enterprises which enables us to work with our private sector clients to advise social entrepreneurs. 
HL BaSE Training: a mini-MBA style course for trainee and junior lawyers, training them in commercial skills and social impact.  The programme runs in London, Hong Kong and New York and has trained over 800 lawyers.
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Signol builds on cutting-edge behavioural science with a proprietary platform, promoting sustainability in the aviation sector.  Signol's work has shown enormous potential for fuel efficiency by providing a seamless digital service to feedback data in proven ways, leading to savings which carry high commercial and environmental value.  HL BaSE advised Signol on corporate structure, tax, IP and on an investment round.

IIX is a Singapore-based impact enterprise committed to building pathways that connect the backstreets of underserved communities to the Wall Streets of the world through impact investment and innovative finance.  It constructed the Women's Livelihood Bond, a US$8 million bond for impact enterprises and microfinance institutions to grow their businesses, focusing on empowering women to transition to sustainable livelihoods in Southeast Asia.
Abianda supports gang-affected young women by combining a solution focused and competence based approach with participatory principles and techniques.  HL BaSE has assisted Abianda with its employment and commercial contracts, corporate structuring and by running a day of training on business basics for some of the young women it supports.


The Social Enterprise Associate will work within the HL BaSE team to manage support for and advise social businesses looking to scale their social impact.

They will help to market, manage and develop both existing and new HL BaSE programmes to support social entrepreneurs.
They will work to support a growing social enterprise and social finance practice administratively, creatively and legally.

Candidate Profile

We are looking for a qualified lawyer to join our Social Enterprise practice, HL BaSE. The ideal candidate will have up to three years post qualification experience (or equivalent experience). Candidates must have experience of providing general corporate / commercial advice, a knowledge of social enterprise and an understanding of the role of corporates in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Candidates will ideally have previous experience advising social businesses and/or NGOs on their legal issues.

In return, Hogan Lovells offers excellent training and development, a superb working environment together with a competitive salary and benefits package.

Equal Opportunities Policy

It is the policy of Hogan Lovells to provide equal opportunities for all employees in relation to recruitment, training and promotion. Decisions in these areas will be made only by reference to the requirements of the job and shall not be influenced by any consideration of ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability.

Agile Working Statement

Our goal is to embed flexibility across our business by giving everyone the opportunity to work in an agile way, whether as a regular pattern or on an ad hoc basis, and we will be happy to discuss this further.