Hogan Lovells pays female partners more than men, as Latham data highlights bonus gap

Hogan Lovells paid its female UK partners almost 3% more than their male counterparts in total compensation last year, the firm’s gender pay gap data has revealed.

The figures show female UK partners at the Anglo-US firm received on average 2.8% more than their male counterparts during the last financial year.

For non-partner lawyers in the firm’s UK arm, the data shows there is no pay gap.

In contrast, looking at the overall employee ranks, including lawyers as well as support staff, the firm has a 48% mean bonus gap. More women received a bonus during the year, with 54% of female employees taking home a bonus, compared to 47% of men.

The average hourly pay difference between male and female employees at the firm for the year to April 2017 stood at 15%.

UK and Africa managing partner Susan Bright (pictured) said: “We are an equal pay employer, ensuring fair and competitive reward for equivalent work. We are committed to workplace equality and to recruiting, retaining and advancing a diverse workforce where all our people can be themselves and feel empowered to succeed. We are proud to be a family-friendly employer and promote agile and part-time working opportunities for all.”

She added: “In relation to our partner data, we have long been regarded as a firm with a strong female partnership. The results are not surprising but they do underscore the culture and diverse range of talent we have at our firm. Women make up a quarter of the UK partnership and hold a wide range of senior management positions in the business, as well as leading major client relationships and market initiatives. We are working hard to increase further the proportion of women in our partnership.”

As of 1 January 2018, women held 34% of partner management positions globally within Hogan Lovells, while 24% of the global partnership was female, nudging up to 25% in the UK.

Hogan Lovells has followed the lead of a number of other firms by choosing to reveal partner data in addition to meeting the compulsory reporting requirements for employees. The move has come amid calls for law firms to be more transparent about pay disparities among their senior ranks.

Other firms opting to reveal partner figures in their gender pay gap data include Dentons, Eversheds Sutherland, Reed Smith, Linklaters and Clifford Chance.

A&O and CMS have confirmed to Legal Week that they are also considering issuing revised figures.

US leader Latham & Watkins also unveiled its gender pay gap data earlier today, with its figures showing that female associates and counsel in London took home 21.2% less in bonus pay than their male colleagues last year.

The report shows that the average pay gap for this group stood at 14.8%, with the overall gender pay gap for all employees and lawyers rising to 39.1%.

The firm’s average bonus gap for all staff and lawyers stands at 52.3%.

Sixty per cent of those in Latham’s lowest pay quartile are women, as are 80% of those in the lower middle quartile. In contrast, women make up 49% of the firm’s highest earning quartile and just over half of the second highest.

Laura O’Flaherty, Latham human resources director for Europe and the Middle East, said: “Although the differential in average salaries between genders is significantly impacted by a number of factors, including roles within an organisation, demographics, expertise and seniority, it is nevertheless a useful tool for evaluation. We remain committed to creating a law firm as diverse and as dynamic as the world we live in, and we will continue to expand our efforts to increase diversity at our firm and in the legal industry at large.”

Other US firms in London have also reported significant gender pay gap figures.

Latham’s gender pay gap is higher than its key US peers including Weil & Gotshal (38.1%), Kirkland & Ellis (33.2%) and White & Case (24%). However, its bonus gap is eclipsed by Kirkland which stands at 62.3%.

The deadline for companies to report data to the government website is tomorrow (4 April).