Senior Associate, Public Law & Procurement
DLA Piper
United Kingdom-Sheffield
1d ago


Highly Competitive Salary and Benefits Package

Location : Leeds

Role opening date : 22 / 08 / 2019

Closing date : 22 / 09 / 2019 THE OPPORTUNITY We are currently looking to recruit a bright and ambitious specialist procurement / public law litigator to join our national team.

The role will focus on high value and complex matters, often including acting for government departments or major corporates, such as Hitachi Rail and BAE Systems.

Acting for a diverse sector base, the successful candidate will gain direct experience in all aspects of disputes avoidance, management and resolution of high quality and highly complex disputes.

The team is involved in many of the leading procurement cases and has considerable experience acting for both the public and private sector and working with the leading barristers in this field.

The role can be based in any one of our UK offices but will also require travel to client sites and our other UK and international offices from time to time.

The current team is predominantly based in Leeds and London, so they would be our preferred locations, although for the right candidate any national location could be agreed.

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.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Candidates will have a broad diet of work that will include, but not be limited to :

  • Advising on all aspects of disputes avoidance, management and resolution of high quality, highly complex disputes across a range of sectors
  • Management of disputes and preparation of strategies for dealing with claims, be they by international arbitration, litigation, adjudication, expert determination or mediation
  • Advising and supporting non-contentious colleagues on procurement and public law issues including providing early strategic advice to minimise the risk of challenge or preserve rights
  • Drafting, reviewing and amending a range of dispute related documents (ranging from pleadings to pre action letters)
  • Strategically advising clients and managing client expectations and project delivery appropriately;
  • Liaising with and taking instruction from clients
  • Attending client meetings, mediations and court hearings
  • Business development
  • Legal research
  • ABOUT US 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. OUR VALUES In everything we do 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 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.

    AGILE WORKING 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.

    PRE-ENGAGEMENT SCREENING 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.

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