Senior Associate, Construction Disputes

DLA Piper
13 Jun 2019
11 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Competitive Salary and Benefits Package

Role Location: Manchester

Role opening date: 11/06/2019

Role closing date: 11/07/2019


As part of continued growth within the team, we have a new role for a senior associate with a contentious construction, engineering and infrastructure specialism to join our market leading specialist team, which sits within the firm's wider Litigation & Regulatory practice group.

The team at DLA Piper has developed and grown considerably over the past 3 years and is in need of ambitious and dynamic senior associates to help drive the business forward.


The role will take on domestic and international construction/engineering disputes. Acting for a diverse client and sector base, the successful candidate will have direct experience in all aspects of disputes avoidance, management and resolution of high quality highly complex disputes in the construction and engineering sector. The role will be based in one of our northern England offices, but will also require frequent travel throughout the UK and to our international offices.

Whilst we do not specify PQE for any of our vacancies, someone operating at Senior Associate level (or equivalent) is the ideal candidate - someone who is able to lead significant cases, is comfortable with responsibility and is looking to take their career to the next level.


Solicitor or barrister, ideally qualified in England & Wales or a Commonwealth jurisdiction

Strong academics

Relevant contentious experience or interest in construction disputes

Well-developed professional and interpersonal skills

Ambition to develop quickly in a fast growing, dynamic team

Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and legal technical skills

Ability to work in a team environment and develop internal and external client relationships

Organised, with an ability to manage projects

Proactive and innovative

Appreciation of the issues that are key for clients within the sector

Good knowledge of PC applications, including MS Office


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


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At DLA Piper we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual.

We know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued and that's why we strive to be a business where everyone can thrive, develop and succeed based on their talent. Our aim is to build an inclusive and supportive culture where all our people feel they belong and can achieve their best.


We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we may conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.