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Contentious Cyber Senior Associate

DLA Piper
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
30 May 2023

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Experience Level
5+ yrs PQE
Role Classification

Job Details

The role


At DLA Piper, we have a global client base that faces an ever growing exposure to cyber risk.  Our Corporate Crime & Investigations team is led by Partner Laura Ford and forms part of the Litigation and Regulatory Group.  Our global multidisciplinary team of lawyers and operational consultants advise on all issues surrounding cyber security, from building cyber resilience, through to incident response, and post-incident remediation, providing a holistic and tailored client service. The team works closely with the non-contentious regulatory cyber security/data protection team, and as a firm DLA Piper provides a market leading Global offering in this area.

We now seek to appoint a Senior Associate at between 5-8 years’ PQE.  You will join to support the contentious data and cyber practice led by Partner John Gollaglee and assisted by Legal Director David Cook, both experts in this specialist field. You will support existing clients with new data breach of ransomware attacks as part of a reactive caseload, whilst continuing to develop a proactive, cyber “assurance/resilience” offering to our clients.  You will have the opportunity to assist in the embedding of DLA Piper as key and trusted business advisers.

This is your opportunity to become an integral member of the Litigation and Regulatory Group and to assist with a broad range of high profile and complex Cyber Security and Data Litigation issues arising 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.  

The team is regularly instructed in contentious data and cyber matters being reactive and able to respond to security incidents swiftly on a global level.  The role will be heavily involved in high value and complex disputes including contentious data privacy, regulatory enforcement, cyber security, major incident response and investigations and artificial intelligence regulation.  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 role can be based in any of our UK offices but will also require travel to client sites and our other UK and international offices from time to time.


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

  • Advising multi-national clients on a range of cross-border cyber security incidents and global data breaches
  • Advise on all issues surrounding cyber security, from building cyber resilience, through to incident response, and post-incident remediation, providing a holistic and tailored client service
  • Advising clients on their obligation to report to the data protection regulator
  • Working closely with the non-contentious regulatory cyber security/data protection team to offer a full service to our global client base
  • Supporting clients to mitigate the impact of claims or other liabilities resulting from an incident


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 5 and 8 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. The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister, ideally qualified in England & Wales or a Commonwealth jurisdiction
  • Have strong experience focussing on cyber litigation gained in a leading regional or City firm
  • Have experience working across both contentious and non-contentious litigation matters
  • Have proven experience of assisting in complex multi-jurisdictional matters
  • Have experience of supporting a broad client base on cyber security and data litigation
  • Be able to display excellent technical legal drafting skills
  • Drafts documents using a commercial, client focused style
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of technical issues that are key to clients
  • Recognise and seize opportunities for the firm, including repeat business
  • Build and develop own network of internal and external contacts
  • Be commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news
  • Have excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working
  • Be aware of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute
  • Maintain a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure
  • Be proactive and innovative
  • 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

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals 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 are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding 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 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 and where relevant, 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 work-related references.


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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