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DLA Piper


Survey results

 

If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Sully (Monsters Inc) - “monstrous” in size but friendly by nature


The Verdict

The Verdict

DLA Piper is a 'leading global business law firm with fantastic clients and international opportunities', which makes it popular with trainees. Not only is the firm 'truly international' (it has lawyers located in over 40 countries) but it is also 'commercially-focused' and has 'ambitious objectives'. Indeed, it is the 'continuous motivation to continue expanding its presence' which attracted many trainees. The quality of the 'international secondment opportunities' is second-to-none, which has no doubt led to the firm deservedly earning a Lex 100 Winner medal in this category. Trainees feel that 'it is a huge incentive to be able to complete a seat in a firm abroad or with a client' and many recruits cited undertaking stints in international offices everywhere from Dubai to Sydney as their best moment. Whilst there are many benefits to training at a firm of DLA Piper's size and stature, there can be 'less client contact due to our clients being so big' and it can also be 'easy to get lost in the machine'. Another struggle is the 'long and uncertain hours' which can 'impinge on work/life balance', an example of which is 'the stress to close several matters before Christmas'. On the up side, trainees were quick to praise the 'very well-rounded training' which is overseen by 'supervisors who are genuinely interested in our development'. Such is the trust placed in trainees, that 'since starting my third seat I have been treated as an associate rather than a trainee' and this level of responsibility 'helps young solicitors grow'. The firm has 'a global mindset and vision, as well as the atmosphere and friendliness of a regional firm'. If this sounds good to you, apply to DLA Piper.