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DLA Piper is one of the world's leading business law firms. As a trusted advisor to clients, it delivers quality, consistency and value, helping them achieve their goals. With over 90 offices across more than 40 countries, the firm provides seamless local and cross-border advice.
DLA Piper's ten sector groups cover the full range of business law services, and provide insight on industry trends, opportunities and challenges. Clients include multinationals, emerging companies, public sector bodies and governments. Across the two leading legal directories, the firm has over 2,400 lawyer rankings, and over 1,200 practice group/sector rankings
DLA Piper is progressive, innovative and responsible. Through its global non-profit initiative, the firm contributed over 200,000 pro bono hours in 2017 alone, supporting under-served regions on access to justice, social and economic development, and women's advancement. The firm has also pledged US$6.5 million to UNICEF to improve child justice.
People are the heart of DLA Piper. By making diversity and inclusion core principles, the firm fosters a culture of mutual respect, where everyone is valued as an individual.
DLA Piper is looking for ambitious, capable and forward-thinking graduates from any degree discipline to join its journey. Graduates will be based in one of the firm's seven UK offices: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.
DLA Piper has the following practice groups: corporate, employment, finance and projects, intellectual property and technology, litigation and regulatory, real estate restructuring, tax.
To find out what it is like to work at DLA Piper UK LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Where training contracts are secured prior to course completion, we fully fund the LPC and the GDL. We also offer maintenance grants of up to £8,000.
There are 100 internship places offered by DLA Piper across the firm's seven UK offices. The scheme is three weeks in duration, commencing with a week-long induction programme in the firm's London office. The induction programme gives students the opportunity to hear from the firm's senior leaders, to participate in professional skills training, to attend networking events and to participate in responsible business activities.
Students spend the second and third weeks of the scheme undertaking work experience placements in two of the firm's practice groups. The scheme also has daily practice group insight sessions and thought leadership seminars.
During their two-year training contract, graduates will complete four six-month rotations, and the majority will undertake an international or client secondment. As part of DLA Piper's future, all graduates are given the resources and opportunities to build an exciting, fulfilling career.
- Finance & projects
- Intellectual property & technology
- Litigation & regulatory
- Real estate
- Client secondments
- International secondments
- Corporate & Commercial
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
Phone: 020 7349 0296
|Number of work placements:||100|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree, any discipline|
|Start salary:||£45,000 (London), £28,000 (non-London)|
|Profit per partner:||£766,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||3,900 (2014)|
|Retention rate:||83% (2012)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Bar Pro Bono Unit
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
- PILnet (Public Interest Law)
- Prince’s Trust
- The Manuel Bravo Project
- TrustLaw Connect
- York Law School Clinic
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Pathways to Law
- Rare Recruitment
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Sutton Trust
- Urban Lawyers Careers Conference