DLA Piper UK graduates

Culture

8.1 / 10

(based on 19 ratings in 2018)

2018

"People are often friendly and approachable during work time, with many people going out of their way to assist each other. There's a lot of teamwork and collaboration among partners and other employees alike. Socialising is still mostly among junior staff, but the offices hold many events that encourage all levels of staff and support staff to get together and socialise. There's lots of encouragement to take part in extracurricular activities with the firm such as touch rugby and five-a-side football."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"There are certain teams that seem more friendly and down to earth than others, and some teams do seem to have a face-time culture and expect longer hours from their trainees. I have been lucky to be in lovely teams for both of my seats. The majority of members of the team, at all levels, are fun and down to earth. There are plenty of office and team social events to get to know people, we've even had a cheese and wine night and a trip to Blackpool fair."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Socialising is good. We have a lot of events with free food and drinks that bring the office together. People tend to work extremely hard and, as a result, not everyone appreciates going out after work. I am captain of the football team, am attending a family BBQ with work on Saturday and I am going on a charity walk in Wales the following Saturday. There is a lot to get involved in should you wish to."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm's culture differs widely between departments in this office. The working culture in my current team is fantastic and every member of the team feels genuinely engaged and valued. However, I have experienced much more hierarchical and less supportive working practices in other departments."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Colleagues work hard but are also very sociable. I have a very good working and personal relationship with my supervisor and with the other partners and members of the team."
First year trainee, Leeds
"DLA Piper is a very inclusive and sociable firm that makes your working life extremely pleasant. There is an open-door policy between fee earners at all levels of seniority that fosters a very co-operative and teamwork oriented environment. DLA Piper runs various firm-wide, departmental, inter-office and trainee level events, which means that there are plenty of opportunities for socialising."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"There is a pleasant atmosphere in the firm with the more senior fee earners being approachable and often taking time to give some background to the task assigned. I have been made to feel like a valued member of the team. There are monthly after work drinks and a host of charity and social activities. There is also yoga and a number of sports teams to get involved with."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"The teamwork and socialising between all people is great, everyone makes an effort to be inclusive and make you feel welcome."
First year trainee, Leeds
"It varies across offices and teams. There are a host of after work drinks including both team- and department-specific as well as just trainee drinks. The trainee cohort forms a tight unit and we often help each other by sharing large-scale tasks (particularly less thrilling ones) and dispensing advice on our current teams for trainees who aim to rotate into them."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a really collegiate environment in London as the office culture is open and there are regular social events to catch up with colleagues. Of course there is an element of hierarchy (as at any law firm) but partners are generally willing to engage with juniors and take a genuine interest in their development."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is largely collegiate in its approach and tries hard to incorporate and welcome the trainees into the fold. For the most part there is an open-door policy and most teams are very keen on socialising outside of working hours."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"There's good team camaraderie and the office gets on very well as a whole."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Our office is very friendly and there is very much an open-door policy. Teams pull together and help each other out when needed, you are never left feeling alone or out of your depth. The social life is good as we regularly have drinks and go to events together."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Everyone is friendly at all levels and I am not afraid to knock on anyone's door. On the occasions when I have had to work late the senior fee earner has always been there as well so I have never felt like I've been on my own. There is a good social atmosphere with office drinks once a month."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"People are all very friendly and welcoming, there's usually a welcome and leaving social for trainees in the department (with a few more in between). Litigation has a drinks trolley every few weeks. It's not very hierarchical and I am happy to chat to partners as well as associates in a social setting. We're also free to knock on their door to ask for clarification on work etc."
First year trainee, London
"There is a non-hierarchical structure and an open-door policy in the office. Teams work well together and the trainee cohorts definitely get along well so you have lots of colleagues and friends for support. There is a strong focus on socialising outside of the office, whether it be formally organised events for the entire office or more ad hoc, team-based events."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"It's a very supportive, cooperative and sociable office. I have made good friends at the firm."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"There's little feeling of hierarchy as everyone is approachable and friendly. People are always happy to chat or advise and pitch in on each other's work when required. There's not a huge amount of socialising past a couple of annual firm-wide and department-wide events. This varies by department though."
First year trainee, London
"Open-door policy from associate to partner level. People are very social and often want to head to the pub or take time out to enjoy the drinks trolley that gets brought up to the department once a month."
First year trainee, London
"Even though the firm is one of the largest in the world, the office culture on a day-to-day basis is personable and inclusive. The work allows you to build relationships with trainees and fee earners in other offices in the UK and abroad. The induction week at Crewe gives you the chance to get to know your national intake of trainees."
First year trainee, Birminghham
"I have not faced any suggestion of face-time. If I have finished my work for the day I'm free to go home. You are given a high level of independence in that regard."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Very good social life and good support for social activities such as office (and inter-office) football, netball, choir etc. There are regular social events as well."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The office has a great atmosphere and a very positive culture. I am able to speak to any person in the office, whether that be a partner or fellow trainee."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Great socialising and opportunities to network within the firm and across offices and jurisdictions. From team or office drinks to more formal events and informal out-of-office events. We have a down-to-earth culture with a work hard/play hard mentality. But don't underestimate that this is a top five firm with high expectations and you will have to sacrifice some of your social calendar. If you can accept this early on you will have a much more enjoyable training contract. There is a natural hierarchy that can be more prominent in some departments such as corporate. When compared to other firms, I believe, this is much more relaxed and seniors/partners are generally approachable."
Second year trainee, London
"Great culture at the firm. I find it really friendly and felt included from day one. Great after-hours culture too, some of my closest friends are the people I work with."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"There is an open-door policy operated throughout the firm and all levels of fee earners are approachable and willing to help. Outside of office hours, departments are sociable and encourage a good work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"Open door policy with a firm team-work spirit both inside and outside of the office. All fee earners (notwithstanding their level) are extremely approachable."
First year trainee, Manchester

2015

"Like any other law firm there is a hierarchy, however there is no one I would hesitate to approach. All partners adhere to their open-door policy. Following long hours and big deals we tend to go out for celebratory lunches and dinners. This means that we end on a high note, and allows us to get to know people outside of work."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"In the Leeds office I found that there doesn't seem to be a culture of staying any longer than is necessary, there is always a social event in the calendar, and there is a lot more emphasis on cooperation and teamwork than on hierarchy."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Our office in Edinburgh is open plan which is fantastic: it is very sociable, and allows people to mix with all levels of the firm on a daily basis. We have office drinks at least once a month, as well as other events such as summer and Christmas parties, which give everyone the opportunity to get to know one another on a social level."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"While this may be different at other offices, I have found that everyone at the office I work in is exceptionally friendly. So while there is a hierarchy in place, it is appropriate and you do not always feel it. Overall, the firm consists of team players who are easily approachable. There are a lot of social events that are attended by all fee earners regardless of their status."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"There is a friendly and sociable culture at the firm. All levels of lawyers are encouraged to socialise, and partners put a real emphasis on creating a happy working environment. This in turn makes late nights easier and you feel appreciated by more senior members. I would feel happy talking to the vast majority of partners, and the firm encourages a genuine open-door policy."
Second year trainee, London
"In my experience the firm lacked a truly social culture. There are few social events with team-mates that are not organised by the trainees themselves, and associates seldom go out with trainees, but this could be a reflection of the firm's commitment to its work."
Second year trainee, London
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