Lawyer Trainee – Corporate M&A


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Brussels, Belgium



The role


We are looking to hire a Dutch speaking Junior lawyer to join our top tier corporate team in Brussels.

DLA Piper will invest in your long-term future to ensure you achieve your potential. This includes top-quality work that will challenge you and broaden your horizons, regular career conversations and feedback, a clear pathway to progression, career academies at every stage of your advancement, secondments, CSR and pro-bono work, an active social calendar and a market-leading salary/benefits package and bonus scheme

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

As a Junior Lawyer within the Corporate department in our Brussels office, you will cooperate with the team of lawyers to assist clients with a broad range of cross-border corporate transactions, as well as with issues of corporate law in general, for clients within various industries.

You will be tasked with research, preparing legal advice, submissions and developing your talents as a Corporate/ M&A lawyer.

Our Corporate practice group is a truly international practice with an established track record of growth and development. Career prospects for the right candidates are excellent.

The Corporate team handles hundreds of M&A transactions each year, with the mid-market forming the mainstay of the work we do. We act for numerous regional and international corporate and institutional clients.


Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate that they have/are :

  • Obtained a Belgian Master’s degree in Law, and can show evidence of a solid academic track record ( at least magna cum laude).
  • Qualified to practice as a Lawyer in Belgium and you plan to start your Bar traineeship in the fall of 2023
  • A Native Dutch speaker with excellent command of English (verbal and written)
  • High work standards with strong service orientation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent legal skills and an analytical mind, with attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise and efficiently deal with complex files
  • Well organised, proactive, flexible, pragmatic, social and a team player
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced international environment
  • Accuracy, confidentiality, and punctuality are second nature to you
  • Keen on working in a dynamic yet demanding and rewarding context
  • You’ve got an affinity with our values and would like to build a long, fruitful and rewarding career with one of the world’s leading law firms

To get to know you better, we ask you to submit the following documents:

  • Your CV and a
  • motivation letter
  • Your University Honours – detailed academic results (Bachelor and Master)

Please note that any missing documents may lead us to annul your application.


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.