Conflicts Assistant

DLA Piper
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
23 Dec 2020
21 Feb 2021
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type


Conflicts Assistant:

As a Conflicts Assistant at DLA Piper, you will perform legal and commercial conflict searches, analyse results, contribute to the preparation of conflicts reports, assist in the new business intake process as well as with other activities related to the Conflicts Department’s responsibilities.

Building trusted, collaborative relationships within our teams is at the heart of our success and will be natural to you, too – working efficiently as part of a team and assisting with other tasks as allocated from time to time, ensuring that the firm's protocol is followed in approving new clients and matters as a key member of our conflicts team.

Successful candidates will not only be provided with an outstanding job opportunity and welcoming environment, but will also be provided with a generous compensation package and platform to grow and develop. 

Can you do it? Yes, you can - if you combine commercial acumen and personal initiative, together with your knowledge of compliance hot topics and of the market as a whole.

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The Conflicts Assistant will:

  • Perform 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)
  • Analyse the resulting information in order to identify potential conflicts
  • Ensure that the firm's client matter intake protocol is followed in approving new clients and matters
  • Work efficiently as part of a team and assisting with other tasks as allocated from time to time. 
  • This role as 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
  • Review conflict search request information submitted by lawyers in the International Firm, for accuracy and completeness
  • Liaise with lawyers throughout the International Firm in connection with queries arising from conflict search requests
  • Carry out conflicts searches against information held within the firm's Global Conflicts Database
  • Analyse resulting information for conflicts purposes and identify the existence of potential conflict issues and bringing them to the attention of relevant lawyers throughout the International Firm
  • Take ownership of building own technical competence to fulfil the role 
  • Maintain information held in the firm's commercial and sensitive matter database
  • Work closely with the Seniors and in-house lawyers and US Firm's conflicts teams to ensure a prompt and accurate service to lawyers
  • Perform other tasks associated with the role of the team in relation to conflicts checking
  • Escalate 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
  • Multi lingual skills are desirable (but not mandatory)


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.


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.