Knowledge Development Lawyer (International IPMSE)


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Business Professionals


Dubai, United Arab Emirates



The role

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Knowledge Development Lawyer to join our team in the Dubai. You will have the opportunity to flourish within our fast-paced environment and have the opportunity to advance your career within our global firm.

Our Growth. Your Opportunity.


The IPT Group at DLA Piper is an important part of the firm with an impressive global footprint.  The IPT Group is divided into 5 specialised sub-groups:

IPMSE, Patents, Commercial Contracts, Tech and Sourcing and Data/Cybersecurity. The IPT Knowledge team underpins and supports the Group’s success through a number of experienced Knowledge Development Lawyers working together as a team, each supporting a particular sub-group within the practice.

Our IPSME sub-group covers the full spectrum of soft intellectual property law issues. Recognized as having considerable strength acting for market-leading clients in the media, sport and entertainment and consumer goods, food and retail sectors, our IPMSE sub-group is skilled in handling a range of complex and strategic contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters.

As part of the firm’s commitment to quality, training and knowledge development, the Group wishes to recruit an additional IPMSE Knowledge Development Lawyer. This role will support the Head of Knowledge (herself a qualified IP lawyer), the IPMSE practice and the wider IPT Group to maintain its profile with clients and in the market generally


  • Support the IPMSE team in the UK and internationally
  • Support the International IPT Group’s overall business strategy
  • Monitor legal and technological developments affecting our IPMSE clients including the metaverse
  • Help to develop new products for our clients and internal efficiencies
  • Enhance the quality of the IPT team’s legal advice and be a role model for technical knowledge, skills and practice in the IPT Group
  • Champion the firm’s vision for Knowledge in IPMSE and across the International IPT Group
  • Assist in the development of thought leadership and internal and client training
  • Maintain, develop and update standard documents and precedents


  • Working closely with the Head of Knowledge for IPT and the IPT Knowledge Team, the IPMSE partners, the IPT Knowledge Partners, and our Marketing and Business Development function to identify issues affecting our IPMSE clients and produce forward thinking thought leadership and client alerts
  • Ensuring that our lawyers are kept aware of legal, regulatory and commercial developments and providing analysis of the impact of significant developments and how they will affect the IPMSE practice’s business and its clients, and developing ideas as to the kinds of activities which the group should be undertaking to capitalise upon them
  • Identifying, developing and maintaining the knowledge resources required for the IPMSE practice to deliver high quality services to its clients efficiently, such as standard documents, precedents, automated documents (where appropriate), technical advice memos and practical know-how guidance
  • Capturing and promoting sharing of Knowledge and expertise from the team’s lawyers through the firm’s Knowledge Hub
  • Supporting the Group’s training programme, which will include preparing and updating training materials, delivery of some training sessions (internally and to clients), and supporting fee earners to deliver training
  • Working with the IPT and the central Knowledge Services team to ensure the IPMSE practice has access to the external databases and information resources it needs
  • Acting as a “sounding board” and supporting the IPMSE partners and other fee earners with legal research and other queries as appropriate
  • Sharing knowledge best practice and training across the Group in the UK and internationally
  • Interfacing with the Marketing and Business Development teams
  • Ideally full time
  • When possible, occasional travel is a requirement of the role


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.