Associate, Corporate

DLA Piper
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
5 Mar 2022

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Real Estate
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE
Role Classification
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DLA Piper is the global market leader in M&A, for the eleventh consecutive year, DLA Piper earned the top legal advisor ranking globally for overall M&A deal volume according to the 2020 Mergermarket league tables. Over the last decade, we have handled more than 5,000 reported M&A transactions globally, valued at a total of more than US$1 trillion. 

The size and technical expertise of our market-leading Corporate Group is unrivalled. The strength of our teams across the UK is borne out by our long-standing top tier rankings in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories.

In the real estate sector, our global M&A practice combines with our market-leading real estate offering – operating across 80 offices world-wide to advise a wide range of clients (including private equity real estate investors, sovereign wealth funds, global institutions, pension funds, listed property companies, real estate developers and operators) on significant single and multi-asset investments and divestments, joint ventures and co-investments across a number of jurisdictions. Our dedicated private equity real estate (PERE) team led by Jo Owen and Rob Salter specialise in advising some of the largest owners and managers of real estate assets in the world on their high-value complex cross-border real estate transactions. Such is the firm’s presence and offering, our team has won Global Real Estate Firm of the Year at the International Who’s Who Business Lawyers Awards every year since 2005.

We advise our clients across all asset classes within the real estate sector, from data centres to offices and from logistics to retail. Our team has extensively advised on operational real estate, including across the hotel and leisure sector as well as across co-working & co-living, self-storage and student housing.

This is your opportunity to work with some of the leading private equity real estate investors, property companies and asset managers globally with all stages of their most significant PERE and Corporate Real Estate transactions.

Here, personal growth goes hand in hand with professional development in a supportive culture. Find out more about joining our team and progressing your journey in a global law firm that's redefining the possible.


As part of a global Corporate Real Estate team, you will focus on acquisitions and disposals of large-scale / pan-European real estate portfolios and/or trophy assets as well as joint ventures and co-investments involving real estate assets.
You will deliver exceptional results to clients on a broad range of complex issues including:

  • Cross-border M&A involving pan-European real estate portfolios and/or trophy assets
  • Corporate wrapper sales and acquisitions 
  • Drafting and advising on joint venture documentation (including by way of LP, LLP and shareholders’ agreement) 
  • Transaction structuring 
  • Knowledge of real estate finance
  • Knowledge of the various real estate asset classes


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 2 and 6 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 at the more junior end of the range can expect to receive excellent training from “hands on” partners with leading profiles in the PERE and Corporate Real Estate markets. Candidates at the more senior end of the range can expect to lead on the documentation and negotiations for some of our clients’ most significant investments.  

  • Solicitor or barrister, ideally qualified in England & Wales or a Commonwealth jurisdiction
  • Experience across private equity and M&A transactions, ideally within the real estate sector 
  • Experience working across jurisdictions 
  • 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
  • Builds and develops own network of internal and external contacts
  • Awareness of business development initiatives and identifies ways to contribute
  • Maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure
  • Proactive and innovative


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.


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, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients, and we achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed.

We’re proud to serve an international client base that includes more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 companies. We help the world's top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Our lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. We have strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and have developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology

As a firm we are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive culture for all of our people, where differences are genuinely valued. 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.

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