DLA Piper

The Legal Cheek View

The tale of how DLA Piper rose from humble regional outfit in Sheffield to become, via a series of bold mergers, one of the world’s top three biggest law firms is one of the great business stories of recent times.

Inevitably the success has bred some snarkiness, with the now ubiquitous DLA sometimes referred to as the ‘Coca-Cola of the legal world’. With 80 offices in over 30 countries, it’s certainly hard to miss. But even the firm’s harshest critics concede that its dizzying growth over the last two decades has in general been remarkably well-consolidated. Particularly impressive is the way that the firm has managed to carve out, simultaneously, a reputation for high-end legal expertise and volume work prowess.

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Key Info

Training contracts 75
Latest trainee retention rate Undisclosed
Offices 80
Countries 30
Minimum A-level requirement ABB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
B
Perks
B
Office
B
Canteen
B
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
A

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 8:47am
Average leave time 7:03pm
Annual target hours 1,600
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £44000
Second year trainee salary £49000
Newly qualified salary £75000
Profit per equity partner £1,190,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000

The figures above are for London. First year trainees in the English regions receive £27,000 and those in Scotland £24,000. Second year trainees in the English regions are paid £30,000 and £26,000 in Scotland. Newly qualified solicitors get £41,000 in the English regions and £38,000 in Scotland.

Diversity

UK female associates 54%
UK female partners 19%
UK BME associates 13%
UK BME partners 5%