What kind of work have you been involved with at DLA Piper?
As a law clerk I rotated between the Corporate and the Finance, Projects and Restructuring teams and I have since moved to full time with the Corporate team mostly working in the Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) space. My work in IPT varies from day to day and involves advising clients on privacy and data protection issues, drafting and negotiating customer-side software as a service agreements and software implementation agreements, and providing due diligence reports on the IT, IP and commercial aspects of M&A deals.
What do you enjoy about working at DLA Piper?
DLA Piper has done a great job of recruiting people who are forward thinking and excited about the opportunities that working for a global firm offer. Working with a like-minded team has been so important to my experience as a young lawyer and I really value the support I have received. I also really value working for a firm with such great a track record with female partnership.
What has been the most challenging part of working at DLA Piper?
The transition from law school to work life is always difficult. Initially, it can be hard to understand how a law graduate contributes to the firm while you are still developing a lot of the more practical skills required as a solicitor but you learn so much so quickly and with time you settle into this new way of learning.
What sets DLA Piper apart from other firms?
Our global network. Working in IPT provides a lot of interesting work from international offices and really highlights the advantages of a global firm. We have an established reputation with our global clients and the ability to leverage insights from our international colleagues.
“If you want to become a global lawyer you’ve come to the right place. DLA Piper is a global business law firm located in more than 40 countries positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.“
About the firm
The whole legal industry is changing. The old establishment is gone, and there’s a new establishment in town. It’s an exciting and dynamic future, which we at DLA Piper are leading.
It’s a new business world, with new client needs. Clients want more than legal advice, they want strategic business advisers that cross borders and geographies. They want global insights with local savvy. And so do we.
DLA Piper is a firm built for this rapidly globalising world, and we’re looking for people to join us on this mission. We’re looking for people who see the world differently, who listen to clients, and who solve their problems, not just give advice. Being well read is good, but being able to read the room is great. We’re looking for people to help make business better for our clients.
DLA Piper is a global powerhouse, consistently ranked in the top five most powerful law firm brands in the world. As the first global business law firm in New Zealand, we offer clients a unique competitive edge on local and international stages. Our clients range from some of the world’s most renowned global brands to the most influential businesses in New Zealand that are defining the future.
One of our key differentiators is the ability to apply international thinking and experience to the work we do for all our clients, wherever they do business. Across every major sector and specialist practice, the firm provides pragmatic, commercially astute advice.
Working at the firm
We are a values driven business, and everything we do is connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:
- Be Supportive – we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
- Be Collaborative – we give, we share and we join in
- Be Bold – we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
- Be Exceptional – we exceed standards and expectations
Diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our firm where everyone can bring their authentic self to work. We welcome the unique contribution that each person brings to our firm which is why over a third of our people are active in one of our five D&I committees. Our people own our D&I journey.
Our commitment to pro bono is unparalleled and engrained in our culture. Our approach to pro bono is consistent with our vision to be “truly local, truly global” and we have a strong pro bono practice that is appropriate to the local circumstances and cultures in which we work.
Here in New Zealand we have a 26-year pro bono legal relationship with the Starship Foundation, the philanthropic arm of New Zealand’s national children’s hospital,Starship. We also support The Prince’s Trust NZ, StarJam, Oxfam, Canteen, Community Law and a large range of other organisations.
Our global pro bono initiative, New Perimeter, provides long term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world and our New Zealand lawyers are actively involved in this programme.
Our Global Scholarships Programme is the first of its kind. We support students from the world’s least developed countries to access funding, mentoring and placements across our global practice over a two-year period, helping to develop the next generation of leaders.
We are committed to providing and maintaining a workplace that is supportive of both work and life arrangements. With a global reach unlike any other law firm in New Zealand, we are able to offer international secondment opportunities to selected employees. This is a valued offering which provides great development opportunities for our people.
Opportunities for Students
We offer a handful of sought-after summer clerk and law clerk openings in New Zealand. This means you will experience a first-class journey, with full participation in real work. Partners and senior lawyers will support you with genuine help and encouragement. Applications are open to students in their penultimate or final year at University. We do not look for any specific subjects when recruiting, but seek commercially minded students, who have gained a broad platform of understanding from their studies. Courses dealing with core skills such as legal research and writing are very valuable and important.
In addition to clerkship opportunities, we also run an Insight Programme for students not yet eligible to apply for clerkships. The Insight Programme is open to students in their antepenultimate year of study. This equates to the 3rd year of study for students completing a 5 year degree.
For more information visit: https://www.dlapiper.com/nzgrads
Location: Auckland, Wellington
Areas of Expertise: Global business law firm providing full services in corporate, employment, finance, intellectual property, technology, international trade, regulatory, government affairs, litigation, arbitration, investigations, projects, infrastructure, real estate, restructuring and tax. DLA Piper are sector experts in financial services, government, hospitality and leisure, insurance, life sciences, media, sport, entertainment, real estate, retail, and technology.
Staff: 23 partners, 62 lawyers
Contact: Kirsty Katzin, Recruitment Manager, email@example.com