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Practice groups

Corporate Employment Finance & Projects Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation & Regulatory Real Estate Restructuring Tax

Learning and development

All our people have access to formal training courses – ranging from technical courses, business, systems and skills training, to continuing legal education.

Our award-winning International Career Academies provide our lawyers with an opportunity to learn and enhance professional skills at key stages of their careers, while developing their internal networks across the firm.

Diversity and inclusion

At DLA Piper, we know that diversity and inclusion isn't just about each and every one of us having a voice. It's about the collective power of bringing those many, varied and different voices together. Harnessing the differences in who we are, what we've experienced and how we think, for the better. Promoting equality and progressing because of it.

Wherever you are from, wherever you join and however long you stay, by joining our firm, you join our family. DLA Piper is striving to achieve a culture where everyone's voice is heard and counts and where everyone can be themselves.

To support with building an inclusive culture, DLA Piper has a number of people networks. These networks are internal communities with an interest or focus on a particular topic and are open to everyone. These are:

LAW (Leadership Alliance for Women):

LAW, our gender-balance network works internally and externally to strengthen the influence, leadership and voices of women at our firm. LAW also plays a key role in helping the firm review processes that improve gender equality.

IRIS:

Iris is our LGBTQ+ network for employees and allies. In addition to providing welcoming support to its members, the group serves as a forum and advisory body on matters of concern to DLA Piper's LGBTQ+ employees. The network, through 'Iris represents' delivers pro-bono outcomes specifically aligned to LGBTQ+ NGOs, individuals and organisations.

Mosaic:

Mosaic is our ethnicity and cultural heritage people network. The overall aim of Mosaic is to ensure all DLA Piper employees, regardless of their heritage, culture, ethnicity and background feel valued, supported and able to achieve their full potential.

PACT (Parents and Carers Together):

PACT is our people network for anyone with caring and family responsibilities of any kind, and anyone who wants to find out more about how to support those who do.

Ability:

Ability is committed to ensuring people with disabilities, and those who care for someone with disability, feel they belong.

Visit the blog section to read more about how DLA Piper trainees get involved with the firms people networks.

Visit our Diversity and Inclusion page to learn more about why this is important to DLA Piper.

A day in the life of an associate

So what's life like at DLA Piper? Maggie – an Associate in Intellectual Property & Technology – takes us through a typical day.

  • Arrive: We officially start at 9.30am, but I like to come in a bit earlier to allow time to grab a cup of tea. After that, I head back up to my desk and begin compiling my to-do list for the day while going through my emails.

  • Briefing: I have a quick catch-up with the Partner in my department. This allows me to confirm if there is anything urgent I need to focus on. It’s also a good opportunity for me to keep him informed of my activities and to clarify any issues.

  • Drafting: I work on a franchise agreement for a worldwide hotel chain. Not only do I get the opportunity to draft the agreement and advise on various contractual clauses, I also get the chance to go through it with the client under the Partner's supervision.

  • Lunch: I usually go out for lunch with other associates. Our office is located in a prime area of Hong Kong and we have many great restaurants to choose from.

  • Finalizing details: Working with the marketing team, I finalize the details for an article I have worked on. It’s titled 'Protecting Your Brand in China' and explores the importance of trademark protection and related issues.

  • Pro bono work: I carry out some research for PILnet, one of our pro bono clients. I am working with them to explore innovative ways to provide community legal services in Hong Kong, with a focus on certain disadvantaged groups.

  • Client meeting: I leave the office for a quick check-in with a client. It relates to the franchise agreement I worked on earlier that morning. We go through the agreement to get the client’s instructions on certain commercial considerations.

  • Yoga: I grab a drink on my way to yoga class. After a busy day, it's a great way to clear your head and recharge.