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Aviation Associate

DLA Piper
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
20 May 2024

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE
Role Classification

Job Details

The role

This is an opportunity for an Associate (NQ level) to join our fast-growing Aviation team in London. 

You will be heavily involved in business-critical aviation regulatory matters and high value, complex international aviation disputes. Acting for a diverse aviation client base, the successful candidate will gain direct experience in all aspects of aviation regulatory analysis and resolution, disputes avoidance, management and resolution of high quality highly complex disputes. 

The role will be based in our London office but may require travel to our other offices from time to time. 


Candidates will have a broad diet of work, which will include, but not be limited to:

  • Advising airlines, lessors, manufacturers, airports and other aviation stakeholders across a wide range of business-critical international and domestic regulatory matters.
  • Drafting ACMI, charter, cargo, airport slot exchange and other commercial agreements. 
  • Representing airlines, manufacturers, aviation service providers and (re)insurers in the defence of claims arising out of incidents and accidents globally. 
  • Supporting on complex commercial litigation on behalf of airlines, reinsurers and other aviation service providers in the English Commercial Court, and worldwide
  • Advising on and representing aviation clients and/or their insurers in inquests, criminal investigations and public enquiries arising out of serious incidents, accidents and manufacturing issues.


New qualified candidates with an enthusiasm for aviation will ideally have all or most of the following experience: 

  • Litigation experience gained in a leading City firm (or one of their international offices)
  • Experience within aviation is preferable; interest in aviation is essential.
  • Have experience and interest working across both contentious and non-contentious matters
  • Have experience of supporting a broad, cross-border client base
  • Drafting documents using a commercial, client focussed style
  • Complying with professional standards and all relevant regulatory obligations
  • Understanding how to best utilise information and research resources
  • Commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news
  • Eager to support on business and practice development matters to help grow and support the team
  • Excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working.

The Department or Practice Group

The Litigation and Regulatory Group comprises dispute resolution lawyers and regulatory specialists in more than 40 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas. 

Our full service offering is unique in its coverage, and we can provide a complete solutions to our clients global dispute and regulatory needs, through political lobbying, risk assessment, investigations, defence, crisis management, media relations, regulatory representation, mediation, investment treaty arbitration, dispute resolution and strategic litigation.


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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+44 (0)20 7349 0296
160 Aldersgate Street

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