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DLA Piper UK graduates

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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2018)
"DLA Piper is friendly, approachable and driven."
8.1 / 10
Formal Training
7.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.2 / 10
6.9 / 10
8.1 / 10
7.5 / 10
Pro Bono
8.7 / 10


  • Teams within the firm are friendly and approachable, which gives the firm an excellent culture.
  • Having a wide client base means there is a real range of work for trainees to experience.
  • High-quality international and client secondments are offered to trainees in all offices.
  • The firm has a very active outlook on pro bono and trainees are given minimum targets.


  • In some departments, working long and unpredictable hours is unavoidable.
  • The large size of the firm can lead to it feeling a little impersonal at times.
  • Salaries for regional offices are noticeably lower than London.
  • High expectations and early responsibility can make some trainees feel pressured.

What insiders say about...

"There is a summer scheme and an assessment day (half day) or you can have an initial..."

"There's good team camaraderie and the office gets on very well as a whole."

"There was extensive training at the beginning of our time at the firm. This was held..."

"I cannot speak highly enough of the network of support in our office from the top..."

"It's a very nice office that's open-plan, always clean and aesthetically welcoming...."

"It varies from department to department. Last seat was generally 8.30am – 6.30pm,..."

"Pay is competitive in the regions but doesn't compare very well with the London salary..."

"Daily living allowance on secondment in addition to pay."

"After completing an extensive application form, I had to go through two rounds of..."

"I was asked what I thought the future of the firm looked like, who our main competitors..."

"There is paper shredding and recycling and all the lights turn off automatically..."

"Flexible working is encouraged and many women with children work from home one day..."

"This varies between departments. I was given tasks of real importance and allowed..."

"We are, I believe, the only firm in the City to have a dedicated pro bono partner..."

"The huge client base allows for a wide variety of work and some extremely interesting..."

"At the junior end, it's sometimes hard to get exposure to the big picture of a deal..."

"The good-quality work with the potential for international experience without having..."

"Generally good but figures can be slightly skewed. All but one of the trainees qualifying..."

"We have free drinks in the office on the Friday after payday."

"Friendly, approachable and commercially astute."

"Offer more international secondment opportunities."

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