DLA Piper Ireland recruits first team of trainees as part of International Graduate Programme


22 December 2020 – DLA Piper today announces the recruitment of trainees to its Dublin office, the first intake as part of the firm’s International Graduate Programme, announced last January. Trainees will join the two-year programme and will work across the firm’s practice areas, including Finance, Projects and Restructuring (FP&R), Employment, Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT), Tax, Real Estate, Corporate and Litigation and Regulation.

At DLA Piper, trainees will be given the tools to forge a successful career as a lawyer. The firm’s buddy and mentoring programmes mean that each trainee will have a support network to help them find their feet within the global network. Practically, trainees will join our diverse teams, working alongside people at all levels of the business in various different practice groups, learning through practice and observation, gaining an understanding of how to deliver legal advice, and acquiring first-class sector knowledge with global depth. Trainees will also be encouraged to do pro bono and community work which will help develop skills in leadership, teamwork and communication.

As a global law firm, DLA Piper trainees will have the opportunity to undertake client and international secondments as part of their traineeship and will also be able to rotate between practice groups as part of the programme’s six-month rotations. The programme is scheduled to begin in August 2021, and trainees will join the firm annually in subsequent years.

Country Managing Partner for DLA Piper in Ireland, David Carthy, said: “This is our first group of trainees and we are absolutely delighted to welcome them to DLA Piper Ireland. As part of the programme, our team of trainees will experience working with brilliant lawyers in Ireland and around the world, develop industry expertise working with large multinationals across multiple jurisdictions and have the opportunity to experience life in a different culture.”

“At DLA Piper, we pride ourselves on giving new lawyers a truly unique experience when starting their career with us. We have recruited candidates with a diverse range of backgrounds, who are naturally inquisitive, have plenty of drive, and can show a genuine commitment to their chosen career path. We understand that this programme was particularly attractive because of the firm’s global reach and the opportunities for international secondments in one of DLA Piper’s offices around the world. As well as experiencing life in a different country, successful candidates will develop legal knowledge in other jurisdictions and grow professional networks across the firm.”

Carthy added: “Since we launched our business in May 2019, we have grown to 60 people servicing clients in Ireland and across the world. The launch of the International Graduate Programme is part of our growth strategy and, after a rigorous assessment and selection process following our first virtual summer internship, we are delighted to have had a 100 percent acceptance rate for the first year of the programme from a cohort of quality candidates. We are really pleased with our continued growth and are delighted to meet clients’ demand for a law firm in Ireland with a truly global reach. We are committed to creating innovative solutions and delivering seamless client service through our globally integrated platform. We look forward to welcoming the new trainees to an environment that is challenging, rewarding and, we believe, truly different from our competitors.”


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