Conflicts Assistant

DLA Piper
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
21 Feb 2018
29 Mar 2018
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type


  • This role is a shift based role with various shift patterns
  • Conflicts Assistants are assigned to shift patterns which are  essentially split down to Day and Evening shifts. Actual shift hours will be clarified upon application and will be dependent upon vacancies
  • Performing legal and commercial conflict searches using the Firm's Global Conflicts Database on behalf of lawyers throughout the International Firm's offices (excluding the US)
  • Analysing the resulting information in order to identify potential conflicts
  • Ensuring that the firm's client matter intake protocol is followed in approving new clients and matters
  • Working efficiently as part of a team and assisting with other tasks as allocated from time to time


  • Reviewing conflict search request information submitted by lawyers in the International Firm, for accuracy and completeness
  • Liaising with lawyers throughout the International Firm in connection with queries arising from conflict search requests
  • Carrying out conflicts searches against information held within the firm's Global Conflicts Database
  • Analysing resulting information for conflicts purposes and identifying the existence of potential conflict issues and bringing them to the attention of relevant lawyers throughout the International Firm
  • Taking ownership of building own technical competence to fulfil the role
  • Maintaining information held in the firm's commercial and sensitive matter database
  • Working closely with the Seniors and in-house lawyers and US Firm's conflicts teams to ensure a prompt and accurate service to lawyers
  • Performing other tasks associated with the role of the team in relation to conflicts checking
  • Escalating new matters as and when appropriate under the firm's client and matter intake criteria


  • Previous experience working in a commercial/law environment would be beneficial but not mandatory
  • Experience in a compliance/risk management role would be an advantage and candidates with extensive research and analysis experience will also be considered
  • Candidates should ideally be educated to degree level but non-graduates with previous compliance or conflicts search experience will also be considered
  • Analytical skills are an essential element of this role
  • Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines
  • Ability to exercise initiative
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members and over the telephone and by email with lawyers and members of staff throughout the International Firm
  • Ability to solve problems in a methodical and practical way
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to adapt to new processes and technology
  • Knowledge of computer systems including Windows-based PC software
  • Proficiency in use of internet (as a research tool) and internet based applications


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.  Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. 
We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering  practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.
At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.
We offer exceptional career opportunities to our lawyers, aspiring graduates, and business services professionals in a truly challenging and rewarding environment.