Associate, Litigation & Arbitration

DLA Piper
Birmingham, West Midlands
10 Nov 2020
23 Dec 2020
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE


Our growth. Your Future.

DLA Piper thrives on complex challenges and delivers exceptional results to clients. We're a team of trusted advisors, innovators and game-changers, going above and beyond to challenge the status-quo.

This is your opportunity to join the only Litigation & Arbitration team ranked in Tier 1 for Litigation in Birmingham and the Midlands in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

We are recognised for our global reach and our ability to undertake work of the highest quality and complexity.

Globally, nationally and in Birmingham, the team has ambitious plans to grow further and to increase its ability to deliver practical and innovative legal solutions to help its clients succeed

This is your opportunity to play a central role in the development of the team, both in servicing an existing, high quality case load and by supervising and guiding junior lawyers within the team.

This is a truly exciting time to join a diverse team where every voice is heard and your success is recognised. So find out more about being valued for who you are as well as what you do, in a global law firm that commits to you and your career


We are looking to recruit an Associate to our Litigation & Arbitration team in Birmingham. 

The role will be heavily involved in support on high value and complex litigation and arbitration, both domestically and on a cross-border basis. 

We are looking for a highly motivated individual, who will be able to work across the whole team.

The role will be based in our Birmingham office, but will involve working on a portfolio of cases on a national basis as well as working with DLA Piper offices worldwide. The role may also require travel to our other offices from time to time. 

Key areas of responsibility: 

We are looking to recruit an Associate into DLA Piper’s market-leading Litigation & Arbitration team in Birmingham. This is an opportunity to join a highly successful and growing team, and to play a key strategic role future development. The successful candidate will: 

  • Work on a diverse portfolio of complex and high value, domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration cases
  • Contribute to the delivery of the highest technical standards of client service
  • Work closely with the other members of the team on the execution of key mandates
  • Assume responsibility for the running of lower value cases
  • Have excellent prospects for personal career development and advancement


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 0 and 3 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 are expected to have:

  • Strong litigation and/or arbitration experience gained in a leading regional or City firm is preferable
  • A commitment to technical excellence, both in respect of procedure and black letter law
  • The ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively in a team, sharing information and knowledge
  • The ability to provide professional, quality service, executed in a timely manner and to respond effectively to requests from internal and external clients
  • Commercial awareness and understanding of current key legal and business issues
  • Experience of business development initiatives and the ability to identify ways to contribute collaboratively to the development of the team’s relationships with clients
  • A desire to develop an effective network of internal and external contacts
  • Strong personal motivation, and a desire to manage and develop their own career path


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, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required


We know 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 will 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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