Life Sciences Regulatory Senior Associate

Intellectual Property & Technology

Job Reference



Intellectual Property & Technology




Sydney, Australia

The role


This is an opportunity to join our expanding team of Intellectual Property lawyers in Australia.

Working directly with a highly regarded team of partners, lawyers, and paralegals you will have the widest platform to progress your career, in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of intellectual property. Our team act in major intellectual property disputes in a broad range of sectors, including life sciences. We also advise on complex regulatory issues relating to therapeutic goods, healthtech and healthcare.


Working as part of our market leading global team, candidates will enjoy a broad diet of work, including but limited to:

  • Act for international clients from a wide variety of sectors, including technology, pharma, healthcare and consumer goods
  • Advising on a broad range of contentious matters, including:
  1. patent infringement and patent opposition proceedings
  2. trade mark and copyright infringement proceedings
  • Advising major multinational clients on complex regulatory issues relating to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, cutting edge healthtech and healthcare.


We do not set upper or lower limits of post admission experience for any of our vacancies. We have, however, given an indicative as an approximate guide for applicants. Candidates who have between 5 – 8 years post admission experience 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:

  • Be a qualified Solicitor, ideally qualified in Australia or in another commonwealth country
  • Have gained exposure to both contentious and non-contentious IP matters
  • Have experience advising clients on complex intellectual property matters, ideally with exposure to patent and broader IP litigation 
  • Have experience in regulatory work in the life sciences sector
  • Have a strong business development instinct and ideally a track record in identifying and winning new business
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the technical and sectoral issues relevant to our clients
  • Draft documents using a commercial, client-focussed style
  • Comply with professional standards and all relevant regulatory obligations
  • Comply with the firm’s systems, policies and procedures in all matters – including compliance, financial systems and time recording
  • Recognise and seize opportunities for the firm, including repeat business
  • Build and develop own network of internal and external contacts
  • Be commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news
  • Have excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working
  • Be aware of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute
  • Maintain a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure and
  • Be proactive and innovative.

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 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 support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.


We know 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 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 references from previous employers.