Data Protection Associate / Senior Associate

Intellectual Property & Technology

Job Reference



Intellectual Property & Technology




Dublin 2, Ireland

The role


DLA Piper is one of the most widely recognized providers of a full range of commercial, intellectual property law, privacy, sourcing and technology law services for leading businesses worldwide. Our IPT team operates globally across more than 40 countries which means our clients benefit from a valuable combination of global insight and local knowledge that allows us to handle complex transactions and multi-party, high-value project work across multiple jurisdictions.  

This is an opportunity to join our growing team of Intellectual Property, Technology and Privacy lawyers around the globe whilst based in Dublin.

You will be responsible for providing innovative advice to clients across a range of sectors and with a particular focus on data governance and privacy law compliance, cyber and data security risk management and regulatory investigations.


Our IPT team has successfully worked together in recent years to assist a large number of multinational organizations in the design and implementation of global privacy and security programs including carrying out audit and risk assessments, developing global policies, implementing effective international data transfer strategies, negotiating cloud and other complex international data transfer agreements, and regulatory investigations. 

Working as part of our market leading team, candidates will undertake a broad diet of work that will cover our core  services including:

  • Audits and data mapping
  • Compliance programs and policies
  • Data subject access rights
  • Data security, data loss prevention and data breaches
  • Online and mobile tracking and consumer protection regulation 
  • E-discovery and investigations management
  • Global data transfer management (transfer agreements, BCRs, etc.)
  • Cyber advisory
  • Cyber and data incident Response Planning and Execution 
  • Lobbying and government liaison 
  • Supervisory authority relations (notifications, authorizations, investigations and enforcement actions)
  • Whistle-blowing hotlines, employee monitoring and suspect persons screening


We pride ourselves on having a collegiate environment and we are looking for down-to-earth but confident lawyers with strong leadership potential. 

We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies. We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants. Candidates who have between 3 to 6 years PQE are likely to have the right level of knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to undertake this role. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have strong commercial and data protection experience gained in a leading firm
  • Experience advising on privacy, data security breach, and data security laws, ideally in an international context 
  • Have strong technical skills, ideally with an international awareness and focus to their work
  • Be able to demonstrate an excellent academic record and the ability to manage more junior lawyers
  • Be able to create and deliver sustainable, high quality client service whilst also considering client’s wider business objectives
  • Be keen to get involved in business development and help drive the Dublin practice forward
  • Our IPT practice group is a truly international practice with an established track record of growth and development. Career prospects for the right candidates are excellent. 

This job description is not designed to be exhaustive and can be varied as required to develop or fulfil this role.

The firm offers excellent training, learning and development programmes, as well as a genuine opportunity to experience a wide range of work and clients in a friendly, supportive environment.

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals 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.

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations

At DLA Piper, 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 know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

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 and where relevant, we will 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 work-related references.