Competition Senior Associate

Litigation Regulatory

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Litigation Regulatory




Melbourne, Australia



The role

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Associate to join DLA Piper’s global Litigation and Regulatory team to be based in Melbourne.

As one of the largest practices in the World, DLA Piper’s network of regulatory, compliance and disputes lawyers across more than 40 countries, provides unrivalled multijurisdictional coverage and experience for our clients.  It also provides you with an exceptional opportunity to develop your career, in the specialist practice area, working on high- profile mandates and leveraging our global platform. Our growth in the sector is directly linked to our clients’ growing needs – we have expanded to support our clients who want consistent, high-quality advice everywhere they operate.
By joining us you will have the widest platform to progress your career, acting as a trusted advisor to our diverse client group on both domestic and cross-border competition, consumer law and regulatory matters. 

As part of our market leading global team, candidates will enjoy a top tier range of work as well as taking day to day responsibility for the full range of competition and regulatory matters including:

  • Advising our clients on a wide range domestic and cross border competition and regulatory matters ranging from merger clearance to access issues 
  • Manage competition and regulatory matters that go to litigation before the Courts, Australian Competition Tribunal and State based economic regulators
  • Representing clients before the regulators in antitrust investigations, appeals, market studies and merger control reviews
  • Working closely with the global DLA Piper teams and as a trusted business partner for clients
  • Taking a proactive approach to business development opportunities

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 upwards of 4 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 a Commonwealth jurisdiction
  • Have experience advising clients domestic and cross border transactions 
  • Have experience advising on competition, consumer law and regulatory matters
  • 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
  • Have excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working
  • Provides a professional, quality service in a timely manner, and responds effectively to requests from internal and external clients
  • Builds and develops own network of internal and external contacts
  • Awareness of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute
  • Proactive and innovative

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.