Associate, Intellectual Property & Technology

Employer
DLA Piper
Location
Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
5 Mar 2022

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Permanent
Practice Area
Intellectual Property, Technology / Media / Telecoms
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE
Role Classification
Lawyer
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The role

THE OPPORTUNITY

Our Success. Your Opportunity. 

DLA Piper thrives on complex challenges and delivers exceptional results to clients. We operate globally across more than 40 countries, a team of trusted advisors, innovators and game-changers who go above and beyond to challenge the status-quo. 

This is your opportunity to become an integral member of the global IPT Group, and to assist on high profile and pathfinding transactions across the UK and internationally. You will work with our global team to drive change, open new opportunities and accelerate growth for both our clients and our people. 

If you have a commercial mind and a keen interest in activities that promote business growth, this is a tremendously exciting opportunity to develop your career with the world’s largest global law firm - reaching your full potential by exploring the opportunities and choices that shape your individual career journey. Find out more about how to progress your career with us.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Working as part of our market leading global team, candidates will enjoy a broad diet of work that will generally involve working as part of a multi-jurisdictional team and candidates will have the opportunity to explore all of our core services including:

  • Major sourcing and outsourcing transactions
  • Advisory work in respect of technology innovation projects involving cloud computing, open source, blockchain and artificial intelligence
  • Business-critical commercial and supply chain projects
  • Data protection and privacy matters, including GDPR compliance, investigatory matters
  • Cyber security and risk management projects
  • IP advisory and strategic research & development; and
  • Transactional due diligence and related commercial, technology and data support on corporate matters

Our expectation is that the successful candidate, as they became more senior, would focus in on certain areas of specialism within the range of work undertaken by the team. 

ABOUT YOU

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 - 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.

You will: 

  • Be a qualified Solicitor, ideally qualified in England & Wales
  • Be internationally oriented
  • Have a non-contentious focus, but experience in contentious work may be an advantage
  • Have strong IPT experience gained in a leading regional, national or international firm or as part of an established in-house legal team in one of our key focus sectors
  • Be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the technical and business issues that are key to our clients
  • Have experience drafting documents using a commercial, client focussed style
  • Be able to demonstrate a commercially focused approach
  • Recognise and seize opportunities for the firm, including repeat business
  • Build and develop your own network of internal and external contacts; and
  • Comply with professional standards and all relevant regulatory obligations

ABOUT US

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.

OUR VALUES

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

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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.

AGILE WORKING

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.

PRE-ENGAGEMENT SCREENING

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.

Company

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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Telephone
+44 (0)20 7349 0296
Location
160 Aldersgate Street
London
EC1A 4HT
United Kingdom
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