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Perks

2016

"We have a drinks trolley on Fridays in the cafe. There are great social activities and local charity initiatives to get involved with."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm is happy to cover any expenses associated with work or attending networking events. We have drinks in the office every Friday following payday and lots of internal social events (also paid for by the firm) including yoga in the office on Thursday evenings."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Free access to Tate Modern exhibitions. Discounted cinema tickets at the Barbican cinemas. Subsidised gym membership."
First year trainee, London
"Pension and other benefits including optional healthcare. Perks at local businesses. Office yoga sessions and Spanish lessons."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"Taking part in the European corporate games representing DLA playing netball was fun. This involved a free stay in a hotel, trains and a meal on the Friday evening."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Taxis home after working late is always good. The firm provides an advance on your first month's salary, which is really useful if you have just finished your legal practice course and need money for a tenancy deposit."
First year trainee, Manchester
"All taxis are paid for when working late. DLA provides lots of drinks and some dinners throughout the training contract (and takeaways when working late)."
Second year trainee, London
"Daily living allowance on secondment in addition to pay."
First year trainee, Leeds
"They provide funding for the Scottish diploma in legal practice and also a grant for living expenses during the diploma. Trainees are given a work mobile phone."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"The social committee put on some great events, such as the free private cinema screening of James Bond with free snacks and drinks for 130 staff members. DLA also offer a number of employee-linked benefits with phone companies and a gym."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"Perks of working for DLA Piper include receiving reduced/free entry to the Lowry art gallery in Liverpool, various free tickets to sporting events, theatre tickets if they are not needed for hospitality and the fact that there is a subsidised Starbucks in the cafe!"
First year trainee, Manchester
"There is a generous events budget at the firm, so frequent social events are a perk of working at the firm. Not only this, but if a particular team (or the trainees as a group) want to do something outside of the official events calendar, the budget can often be found for this."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Perks include taxis home when you are working late, dinners after large completions and a pension scheme."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I recently volunteered at the DLA Piper election night party with a number of other trainees. As a thank you, all volunteers were taken to a gin bar for free gin cocktails followed by free tickets to see the To Kill a Mockingbird theatre production in the Barbican."
Second year trainee, London
"DLA Piper works on a 'one UK' basis, so we are all treated as one firm and location is irrelevant. This means that people have opportunities to travel around the UK for various reasons, and it means that we get to know other trainees and solicitors working across the UK. In the past nine months I have been to London, Newcastle, Sheffield, Liverpool and Glasgow for work."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"We receive reduced Barbican tickets, a subsidised gym membership and a season ticket loan while working for DLA Piper."
First year trainee, London
"The firm offers a suite of health support packages, including private health care and support for dental treatment."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"As trainees, we are encouraged to attend young professional networking events which are subsidised by the firm. The firm also support us in organising our own events. The firm also offer a wealth of international and client secondments which provide a rare opportunity to experience something new and see how our clients do business and what they want from their advisor."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"One of the best perks for me is an international secondment. I will soon be going to Australia and the firm will pay for my apartment and flights."
First year trainee, Birmingham
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