Survey Results - Trainee feedback on DLA Piper UK LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on DLA Piper UK LLP

The verdict

DLA Piper’s expansive ‘international office network’ gives it an inescapable ‘global footprint’, which excites trainees. The firm offers training contracts across England, as well as in Edinburgh, and several recruits voiced their appreciation for the opportunity to ‘work in a regional office and still undertake market-leading international work’. Client and international secondment opportunities were also a big draw, with the latter earning DLA Piper a Lex 100 Winner medal. One reality of the overseas placements is that regional and London remuneration is not matched, so that two trainees on the same secondment can be paid different salaries. Nevertheless, respondents in offices outside of London do feel that ‘the pay is generally better than at other firms, although the hours are longer’. Despite being very large, DLA maintains a ‘nice, inclusive feel where you can speak to anyone’. Encouragingly ’employees are treated well; the firm wants its lawyers to be happy and comfortable’. Clients are ‘high-profile’ and ‘exciting’ and the new London office – which ‘grows micro herbs in the canteen’ – also deserves a special mention! Complaints tended to centre on the ‘unpredictability of the hours’, which can be ‘lengthy’, occasionally requiring trainees to ‘work a 22-hour day’ or ‘until the early hours to meet deadlines’. But work highlights such as ‘going on secondment to a renowned drinks manufacturer’, ‘assisting with work for the Afghanistan embassy’ and ‘delivering good news to a pro bono client’ (on which we were told ‘there is a big focus in the firm’) were impressive. If you’re looking for a firm which has a ‘regional as well as a global presence’, which is ‘inclusive, exciting, challenging and fun’, DLA Piper might well be the place for you.