Survey Results - Trainee feedback on DLA Piper
The Lex 100 verdict on DLA Piper
DLA Piper ‘strives to be the leading global business law firm’. The ‘international aspect’ of the work and clients was one of the main motivations for applying, as were the multiple training locations in London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh. A ‘supportive and collaborative culture’ pervades and trainees at DLA ‘feel like valued members of the team’ and are ‘generally given a lot of responsibility with a good amount of supervision’. The people are ‘very nice and easy to get along with’, although it was noted that it is currently ‘hard to get to know people because of working remotely’. The work/life balance has also suffered for the same reason. Nevertheless, DLA Piper has scooped up two Lex 100 Winner awards this year for international secondments and vacation scheme. The firm’s ‘commitment to diversity and inclusion sets it apart’ and deserves a special mention. ‘Working on a deal concerning a national government, which was all over the news’, ‘going on client secondment’ and ‘running a signing meeting on a large deal with another associate’ were some of the tasks which trainees savoured the most. Worst moments included ‘being given the task of producing a big electronic bundle at 5pm which needed to be done by the next morning’, ‘working consistently past midnight in the run-up to a closing’ and ‘the induction to the firm and to my team having to take place virtually because of Covid’. On the upside, at least recruits are ‘having catch-up sessions every week to make sure we maintain the social aspect of being a trainee’. For a firm with a global footprint without compromising on a collegiate atmosphere, consider DLA Piper.