Associate, Commercial Litigation (1-5 PQE)

DLA Piper
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
19 Jul 2019
17 Sep 2019
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE


We are currently looking to recruit a bright and ambitious commercial litigation associate to join our team in Sheffield.                                        

The role will focus on involvement in high value, complex UK and cross border litigation disputes.  Acting for a diverse client and sector base, the successful candidate will gain direct experience in all aspects of disputes avoidance, management and resolution of high quality highly complex disputes. The team led by Richard Norman specialises in many sectors including IT and Telecoms, Manufacturing, Mining, Construction and Financial Services.                       

The role will be based in our Sheffield office, the candidate will be part of a One UK Team but will also be required to travel to our other offices from time to time.   
Clients include Atos, Tata Communications, Telenor, CBRE, Boots, Bosch, Arqiva and Primetals, among others.

Recent work has included:

  • Acting for a major satellite supplier against a company in Egypt

  • Acting on an international arbitration in respect of a business critical dispute against a company in the Netherlands

  • Undertaking a mediation for a major retailer

  • Undertaking an expert determination in respect of an IT dispute

  • Providing a managed international litigation and arbitration service to clients throughout the Globe


Candidates will have a broad diet of work, that will include, but not be limited to:

  • Advising on all aspects of disputes avoidance, management and resolution of high quality highly complex disputes across a range of sectors

  • Management of disputes and preparation of strategies for dealing with claims be they by international arbitration, litigation, adjudication, expert determination or mediation

  • Drafting, reviewing and amending a range of dispute related documents (ranging from pleadings to pre action letters)

  • Strategically advising clients and managing client expectations and project delivery appropriately

  • Liaising and taking instruction from clients

  • Attending client meetings

  • Business development - development of a personal plan, assistance with and implementation of business development campaign

  • Legal research       


Technical skills:

  • We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies.  We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants. Candidates who have between 1 to 4 years PQE are likely to have the right level of knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to undertake this role

  • Candidates will have strong litigation experience gained in a leading regional or City firm

  • Be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the technical issues that are key to our clients

  • Drafts documents using a commercial, client focussed style

  • Complies with professional standards and all relevant regulatory obligations

  • Complies with the firm's systems, policies and procedures in all matters - including compliance, financial systems and time recording

  • Knows and understands how to best utilise information and research resources

Behavioural skills:  

  • Commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news

  • Excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working

  • Provides a professional, quality service in a timely manner, and responds effectively to requests from internal and external clients

  • Understands positive client support

  • Creates confidence in the team and the firm

  • Works co-operatively in a team, sharing information and knowledge

  • Manages time effectively and efficiently

  • Seeks to manage own utilisation wherever possible in order to meet individual and team targets

  • Takes ownership for achieving agreed objectives

  • Recognises and seizes opportunities for the firm, including repeat business

  • Builds and develops own network of internal and external contacts

  • Awareness of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute

  • Maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure

  • Exhibits behaviour consistent with the firm's values and builds relationships based on respect, trust and integrity


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.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully

  • Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in

  • Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big

  • Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations


At DLA Piper we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse. 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.

We know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued and that's why we strive to be a business where everyone can thrive, develop and succeed based on their talent.  Our aim is to build an inclusive and supportive culture where all our people feel they belong and can achieve their best.


We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly.  That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we may conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.

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