DLA Piper UK graduates

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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2018)
"An ambitious and friendly firm that invests a lot in both clients..."
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...

"The firm actively looks to hire a diverse range of trainees, of all backgrounds,..."

"In my experience the firm lacked a truly social culture. There are few social events..."

"The volume and quality of training can differ somewhat between departments. By and..."

"Depends on the atmosphere of the department and who your supervisors are. One of..."

"Most departments operate a dress code where you don't need to wear a tie unless going..."

"This varies greatly depending on the department both in terms of the hours you are..."

"Probably market standard by North West standards, but a little frustrating given..."

"Private medical insurance, free breakfast, the firm pays for tickets to events like..."

"I was interviewed to achieve a place on the firm's vacation scheme. For the TC, I..."

"I was asked about DLA's sector approach and the future of the legal sector. I was..."

"There doesn't seem to be as much of a drive on this as there once was. I'm not aware..."

"The firm has just established an LGBT group that will help to raise awareness."

"The quality of work that I deal with on a day-to-day basis is usually very high...."

"Over eighty hours of pro bono work is undertaken across the traineeship. Projects..."

"The firm work with a wide breadth of clients on a global footprint."

"Scottish trainees are not able to express a preference for a particular Scottish..."

"I chose the firm because of its international nature, and the fact that when I met..."

"As long as you're prepared to move to another location (around the UK), there are..."

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

"An interesting and friendly firm; filled with incredibly smart and hard-working people...."

"I think that there should be more flexibility to move within the offices throughout..."

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