Hogan Lovells triples Birmingham office space ahead of support roles restructure

Hogan Lovells is to more than triple its office space in Birmingham, as the firm gears up to move support roles away from London.

The firm has signed a lease to move into 23,388 sq ft space on the eighth floor of The Colmore Building in January 2018, more than three times the 7,620 sq ft it currently occupies on the 10th floor of the building.

Hogan Lovells’ head of Birmingham Michael Gallimore said: “We have outgrown our existing space in Birmingham through the natural growth of the business and our increasing support for our other offices globally, advising on complex corporate and commercial, finance, litigation, real estate and real estate finance matters.

“Birmingham is an active and vibrant community and we are proud to be a part of it. We are investing in and supporting the city, both through providing credible and attractive career opportunities and also through our citizenship and pro bono activities. This move reinforces our commitment to Birmingham.”

Last week the firm announced that it is restructuring its global support function, with about 90 London roles cut or moved to its business services centres in Birmingham and Johannesburg, which currently house about 70 and 110 staff members respectively.

The review will affect about 78 business services roles and 12 legal support positions, which will either be cut or transferred to the firm’s support centres, both of which were announced in 2014.

The firm has said about two thirds of those roles will be transferring to Johannesburg, but declined to specify whether everyone affected is being offered the choice of moving to either Johannesburg or Birmingham.

Meanwhile, the firm has also offered voluntary retirement to hundreds of its US support staff, in a bid to shrink the ranks of its senior business services staff across the Atlantic.