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DLA Piper UK LLP


Survey results

 

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Derice Bannock (Cool Runnings) – underestimated but when he joins the race people realise he is a worthy competitor

The verdict

The verdict

DLA Piper offers ‘unparalleled client secondments’ and their international secondment offerings are pretty impressive too. In fact, the firm is a Lex 100 Winner in this category and respondents didn’t hold back when it came to rating their placements in destinations such as Madrid and Moscow: these were ‘excellent’, ‘extremely positive’ and provided ‘great exposure to challenging work’. DLA Piper has a ‘breadth of expertise’ and ‘excels in multiple various areas’; as such, newcomers enjoy ‘exposure to a variety of interesting work’ and have ‘more opportunities to take greater levels of responsibility’ than their peers at comparable firms. That trainees ‘can be based in a regional office but still work with top-quality clients doing international work’ was also a determining factor in recruits’ decision to join the firm. Many newcomers say they work better hours than their peers, however, it should be noted that ‘there can be more demanding hours, particularly in the transactional teams’. ‘Training is structured’ and rookies report that supervisors are ‘pastoral and check-in on trainees regularly’. The social events throughout the year makes the firm ‘a fun place to work’ – ‘I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else’ declared one respondent. What trainees took issue with was ‘the lack of female partners’, ‘imbalances between the London and regional offices’, their salary, ‘poor IT’ and ‘poor communication with the graduate recruitment team’. But the opportunity to work a ‘full-time pro bono seat’ and ‘working with a senior associate on an M&A transaction from start to finish’ were real highlights. To work with ‘sociable employees’ on ‘high-profile and unusual deals’, apply to DLA Piper.