I decided to apply for the DLA Piper International Graduate Programme directly rather than going through the firms Summer Internship route. At the stage of application, I had completed numerous vacation schemes and legal placements, therefore I was well-informed about the field of law I wanted to enter into. I was fortunately successful in earning a position within the International Graduate Programme, and I believe one of the key reasons for this was my passion for the firm. Not having completed the summer internship meant that I had to obtain insight about the culture of the firm from alternative mediums. I attended a “Champagne & Chocolates” networking event hosted by Manchester University Law Society which was sponsored by DLA Piper. At this event I was able to “mingle” with trainees and associates working at the firm. The relaxed environment put us students at ease and also meant that we could easily approach representatives from DLA Piper to network, learn more about the firm and also socialise. Attending this event was the moment I realised that securing a position at DLA Piper would be an invaluable turning point within my legal career. I researched about the firm’s clients and position in the market, as well as its values and working culture, which further confirmed my passion to be a part of a leading global law firm.
Having completed my first rotation in the Projects team, I am currently undertaking my second rotation within the Real Estate team. My role involves handling my own case load of matters and dealing directly with clients in relation to commercial real estate transactions and matters such as drafting licences, negotiating leases and progressing sale contracts. I also assist fee earners within my team on larger and more complex transactions, which can include submitting and monitoring searches, drafting reports on title and responding to enquiries. I enjoy the type of work that Real Estate transactions bring, as it quite often leads to a physical result that can be conceptualised i.e. the opening of a new retail premises within a building.
I have also had the opportunity to be heavily involved with Mosaic, the firm’s cultural heritage and ethnicity people network that was formally launched in September 2020. Inclusion is an increasingly business-critical topic not only for our firm and our people but also for our clients. Being part of Mosaic has also allowed me to build my presence and confidence as a trainee, as I have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with people across the firm including trainees, partners and the marketing and communications team amongst others.
A highlight of the work I have completed during my time at DLA Piper so far has to be the huge variety of clients I have been able to progress matters for. The client portfolio of the firm is extremely impressive, and as a trainee the opportunities to get involved are countless. Enthusiasm to contribute to matters is welcomed and the teams are keen to provide trainees with a variety of involvement. The support provided by fee earners is endless and us trainees are truly viewed as the future leaders of the firm.